Nursing on the Floor
What’s your pain, from zero to ten? How fast can you run on the floor, from zero to ten? How soon will you have burnout, from zero to ten? Over forty years of experience in nursing inspire all these stories, from joy to frustration to devastation.
“If you’ve ever wanted to experience frontline nursing from the comfortable remove of a reader’s chair, Patricia Taylor kindly affords you the opportunity in her eye-opening ZERO TO TEN. These linked, unsettling stories document the extraordinary physical, mental and emotional stresses of the nursing profession and render scenes of birth, death and illness with compassion, humor and the occasional (justified) anger at medical hierarchies. ‘Dead bodies don’t usually look this content,’ Taylor writes in the chilling ‘A Wonderful Job at Dove Lane.’ Trust protagonist Patti and trust her creator. These women know of what they speak.” —Kat Meads
“Patricia Taylor presents the uplifting moments of redemption and healing alongside the most stark instances of suffering and loss, all informed by her own career of Nursing on the Floor. And she does so with measured passion and unbridled compassion—never sentimentality, the coward’s way out. In ZERO TO TEN Taylor administers steady doses of truth, whether it comes in the renewal of birth, the harshness of illness, the joy of healing . . . or the intimacy of death.” —Suzanne Hudson
Fiction. Women’s Studies.
Tricia Taylor based these mostly fictional short stories on over 40 years of nursing experience in four southern states in the U.S. She received her BSN, RN at FSU in 1976, and MSN at USM in psychiatric nursing in 1992. Her experiences included cancer nursing, hospice, med-surg, pediatrics, newborn nursery, teaching psychiatric nursing in a nursing program for twenty years, and then a return to med -surg, ER, quality control nursing, and finally psychiatric nursing, until her recent retirement. This collection highlights a career that was usually exhausting, sometimes tragic, frequently infuriating, occasionally funny, and consistently rewarding. She now lives with her husband Joe Taylor, writer and publisher, and 11 rescue pets in rural Alabama.