Laugh, cry, learn, and share at Ethics Book Club

24 Nov


By Sue Kreitz, Chair of MNA Ethics Committee

You’re invited to participate in a book club dedicated to reading and discussing the many ethical issues that RNs and other healthcare workers face every day.

MNA’s Ethics Committee Book Club meets five times a year to have some heartfelt conversations about ethics.

It gives you the chance to read some great books and occasionally even meet the authors who have joined our meetings in person or through Skype.

Our next book club is Dec.1.

We chose Critical Care: A New Nurse Faces Death, Life and Everything in Between.


This book was written by a former English professor, Theresa Brown. In this memoir, Brown recounts experiences from her first year as an oncology nurse. She is a regular contributor to the New York Times blog, “Well,” and As a writer, she was looking for a change in her career to give her something more fulfilling in her life.  Her choice was bedside nursing.

  • “In her journey in the life of critical care, she has opened new doors of what it is like being a nurse. She describes how it feels to be delivering patient care, the frustration of giving bad news to a parent regarding a poor diagnosis of their child, learning to work with so many different medical personalities both nurses and doctors. Many frustrations of medicine in finding the right diagnosis and treatment for so many issues. With great compassion and her disarming sense of humor, she shares the trials and triumphs of her patients and comes to realize that caring for a patient means much more than simply treating a disease. Deeply moving and at times, sobering, Critical Care sheds light on the issues of mortality and meaning in our lives. This is a well written account of a nurse’s first year in medicine, a medical memoir that combines lyricism and compassion with honesty and well-timed laugh out laugh wit! This book offer a” palpable testimony that nurses are the first responders and primary healers in our times of crisis.” This is a quote from Dr. Mehmet Oz, Author of YOU: The Owner manual health series.

Before each book club meeting, one of the Ethics Committee members shares some background on the book to help spark conversation about how the book fits in with ethical nursing concerns in our practice.  It’s not too late to grab our December book and read it before our book club on Dec. 1!

The meetings are at the MNA office at no charge for members. A light dinner is include in your registration. Non-MNA members pay a  $10 fee for the event.

We hope to see you at our book club! Please join us on Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 5-7 p.m. at the MNA office, 345 Randolph Ave. Suite 200, Saint Paul, MN 55102!

If you can’t make it Dec. 1, here’s the list of books for 2016:

Normal at Any Cost: Tall Girls, Short Boys, and the Medical Industry’s Quest to Manipulate Height by Susan Cohen and Christine Cosgrove (2009): Tuesday, Feb. 16

Hiding in the Open: A Holocaust Memoir by Sabina Zimering (2001): Tuesday, April 19

America’s Bitter Pill by Stephen Brill (2014): Tuesday, Aug. 16

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande (2014): October 2016 (actual date, time, location TBD).

The Insanity Offense: How America’s Failure to Treat the Seriously Mentally Ill Endangers Its Citizens by E. Fuller Torrey (2008, 2012): Tuesday, Dec. 6

We look forward to exploring important ethical concerns that affect you and our profession in 2016!

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