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Nurses write book about their profession to inspire interest

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CLEVELAND — In science and history classes, kids may learn about famous scientists or doctors, but rarely do they learn about nurses.

That’s what prompted two local nurses to write a book called “Luminaries of the Past: Stories of Fifty Extraordinary Nurses.” It’s full of a diverse group of nurses who changed medical history. 

While the book is targeted to middle school kids to inspire them to enter the profession, the authors also hope the book helps those on the COVID-19 front lines realize they were not alone.

“We want them to understand the stories of the nurses who carried great burdens and persevered. We also wanted kids to be able to open this book and see nurses who look like them,” says author Mary Beth Modic, RN.

Modic has been a nurse for 45 years and co-author Joyce Fiztpatrick, PhD, is a professor of nursing at Case Western Reserve University. They profiled nurses from the 16th century on who changed society, saved the lives of soldiers on the battlefield, fought for racial and social justice, and revolutionized the way healthcare is delivered today. 

The book is now available on Amazon.

Editor’s Note: The below video is from a story also published on May 21, 2021

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