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Roundtable Discussion: Close Observation, The Skills of Nursing and Writing

July 28, 2015



The difficulty – and joy – of interviewing Cortney Davis, Paula Sergi, and Stacy Nigliazzo over email was that their ideas kept spilling out from the questions until there were two conversations, one in the interview and one in the email thread. We covered bed baths, Ray LaMontagne, childhood fascination with the musculoskeletal system, Montessori schools, and Cortney’s article in the American Journal of Nursing, “Nursing Humanities: The Time Has Come” – and that’s not including the actual interview.

But don’t worry: the interview ended up being so wide-ranging that we split it into three parts. I hoped to understand what it’s like to be a nurse and a writer, what it’s like to be part of a literary world and a medical setting, and the changes that these three authors would like to see in each. I was also curious about how we value nurses and nursing. Stacy Nigliazzo wrote that she “would love to redefine the role of leadership, particularly at our hospitals,” while Paula Sergi posited that “we need to somehow make a job in health care as tempting as a job in finance.” Throughout the interview, all three nurses wrote about the power of close observation. I was struck by their intelligence, skill, and tenacity. It was a pleasure getting to know them through their words.

Monica Wendel
Associate Editor


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