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Creighton Professor Contributes to Award-Winning Poetry Book

Creighton Professor Contributes to Award-Winning Poetry Book

Amy Haddad, Ph.D., M.S.N., director of the Center for Health Policy and Ethics at Creighton University Medical Center, is one of contributors in “The Poetry of Nursing,” the 2006 winner of the American Journal of Nursing’s Book of the Year Award in the category of public interest and creative works.

The award was announced in the journal’s January issue, in which the book was referred to as an “unusually rich poetry anthology (that) gives life to varying experiences of patients and nurses.”

The 206-page book includes the work of 14 major nurse poets from around the United States and England who use prose and poetry to share, dissect and analyze the life-and-death experiences and ethical dilemmas working nurses face.

In one of her poems, entitled “Asking for Direction,” Haddad talks about how one woman’s world is turned upside down when her husband collapses and possibly faces permanent brain damage. Health care professionals ask the bewildered wife, whose husband was always the decision maker, whether they should resuscitate him if his heart stops beating.

“As an ethics consultant at several local hospitals, I listened to many cases like the one in the poem,” Haddad writes in the book. “I was struck by the number of family members, particularly women, who never made a serious decision in their lives without asking first for permission. Then, after a tragic accident or sudden illness of a loved one, they are asked to make life-and-death decisions for someone else.”

The Poetry of Nursing was edited by Judy Schaefer and published by The Kent State University Press.

Posted: 1/17/07