Narrative Medicine Monday: What the Nurse Likes

Cortney Davis’ poem “What the Nurse Likes” reveals what it’s like to care for patients. She notes in her commentary about her poem that she realized “it is necessary for caregivers to say shocking things occasionally about the type of work that they do”. This poem has helped me reflect on what I enjoy about my work and consider what may seem interesting or odd to those outside of the medical field.

Writing prompt: What do you like about caring for patients? What do you dislike? What do you like about receiving medical care? What do you dislike? Write for ten minutes. Think about if any of these things may be shocking to others. Did you surprise yourself?

*Cortney Davis’ website has some more excellent prompts to try.



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