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Nurses Tell Their Global Stories in Book Edited By Chris Harlan

Author Chris Harlan (left) with former student Ruth Anne McClendon, who contributed a chapter to the book

Springer Publishing released Global Health Nursing: Narratives From the Field, a book on global nursing edited by clinical assistant professor Chris Harlan on October 28. The book is Ms. Harlan’s first.

“My dream for many years was to write a global health nursing book,” said Ms. Harlan. “I didn’t want it to be a textbook. I wanted it to be a collection of narratives.”

Ms. Harlan, MA, RN, brought together 23 nurses who traveled to locations as remote as the jungles of Indonesia or as accessible as Boston, MA to share the challenges and rewards that come with delivering care in foreign countries. In each chapter the authors tell stories about the cultural differences as well as the emotional struggles they went through as they adapted to new cultures. They also provide advice for nurses who are considering serving overseas.

“This book has the whole range of nursing,” said Ms. Harlan. “From pediatrics to psych-mental health, from students to doctorally prepared nurses, I wanted there to be something every reader could relate to. These stories are compelling and a wonderful resource for any nurse or nursing student who wants to gain experience in global health.”