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Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital nurses create book

Published: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 2:55 p.m. CDT

LA GRANGE – For the 2014 Nurse Appreciation week this past May, nurses at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital turned their every day patient encounters into a nearly 100-page-long book.

"Into the Heart of Healing" shares a collection of stories, told by the hospital's nursing staff, which are separated into eight chapters.

In creating the book, the idea was to convey how nursing impacts patient care and relates to nurse's mission, according to Chief Nursing Officer Mary Murphy. 

"Everybody is just so touched," Murphy said. "[The book] really connects to our mission and reminds everybody of why we're here, and how we make a difference to our patients."

Murphy said the process of publishing the book took about three months, thanks to Pastoral Care Manager Aleksandra Tanurdzic, who's responsible for the idea of creating such a book.

"I believe in stories, and until you share stories, it's not personal," Tanurdzic said. "Here, there are many stories and we tried to make things visible that are invisible during the day."

Once published, about 400 copies were passed out to nurses during nurse appreciation week, which ran May 5 through May 9. Now, the book is being sold online on Amazon and in the hospital's book store.

John Rapp, regional vice president of ministry admissions at the hospital, said the book is not medically graphic but rather emotionally graphic.

"They're all people stories," Rapp said. "They're just about moms and dads and human beings.

"It shows at the core that [health care] is about human compassion and how it can impact somebody's experience in a hospital," Murphy said.

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