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					Creative Nursing, Volume 15, Number 3, 2009




FROM THE GUEST EDITOR

Through a Patient’s Eyes

Lori Steffen, RN, MN




     Who can say that I’ve been changed for the better? Because I knew you, I have been
     changed for good. It well may be that we will never meet again in this lifetime,
     so let me say before we part, so much of me is made of what I learned from you.
     You’ll be with me like a handprint on my heart.
                                                              Stephen Schwartz (2003)

    rom my 20 years of nursing, I have only a handful of patients whom I remem-
F   ber by name or by face because they made a powerful impression on me for
some reason. I wonder how many of my patients remember me because of some-
thing I said or did. The powerful stories in this issue might make you wonder as
well. Who knew the power of a word, a gesture, or an action? Who knew that one
word or one simple action could change the experiences of a woman with cancer,
a pregnant teenager, a young man newly blinded after a car accident with a drunk
driver, or a young adult who needed knee replacements? These patient’s stories,
poignant and powerful, may change you for good, as well. We have much to learn
from our patients, if we only listen.
    The overarching theme for all four issues of Creative Nursing for this year is
Time: How we perceive it, how we use it, and the effect of time constraints on the
care we give as well as on our work lives and our personal lives. The theme for this
particular issue has been under discussion for more than a year and is based on a
comment made by one of our editorial board members: The patient lives with his
or her health issue 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 
				
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