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Celebrating Nursing & Healthcare Professionals:  


About this Resource List

2020 has been designated the Year of the Nurse and Midwife by the World Health Organization, with May 12 marking the bicentenary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the nurse and social reformer credited with founding modern nursing in the Western world.

COVID-19 has made us aware, now more than ever, how much we depend on those working on the frontline of our health care system. This resource list is dedicated to all of the Camosun health care students, past, present, and future who have dedicated their careers to helping others  thank you for all you do!

This list features e-resources celebrating nurses, healers, health care professionals, and all the carers who hold us up during challenging times.

Inspirational Memoirs

Taking Turns: Stories From HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371

M.K. Czerwiec, 2016
This graphic novel combines Czerwiec's memories with the oral histories of patients, family members, and staff from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371 at Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago. Czerwiec's restrained, inviting drawing style and carefully considered narrative examine individual, institutional, and community responses to the AIDS epidemic-as well as the role that art can play in the grieving process. This history of daily life in a unique AIDS care unit is an open, honest look at suffering, grief, and hope among a community of medical professionals and patients at the heart of the epidemic.

Bridging Two Peoples: Chief Peter E. Jones, 1843–1909

Allan L. Sherwin, 2012
Bridging Two Peoples tells the story of Dr. Peter E. Jones, who in 1866 became one of the first status Indians to obtain a medical doctor degree from a Canadian university.

The Door of Last Resort: Memoirs of a Nurse Practitioner

Frances Ward, 2013
The Door of Last Resort, though informed by Ward's experiences, is not a traditional memoir. Rather, it explores issues in primary health care delivery to poor, urban populations from the perspective of nurse practitioners and is intended to be their voice. In doing so, it investigates the factors affecting health care delivery in the United States that have remained obscure throughout the current national debate.

Working in a World of Hurt: Trauma and Resilience in the Narratives of Medical Personnel in Warzones

Carol Acton & Jane Potter, 2016
Through a rich analysis of both published and unpublished personal from the First World War in the early twentieth century to Iraq in the early twenty-first, Acton and Potter put centre stage the letters, diaries, memoirs and weblogs that have chronicled physical and emotional suffering, many for the first time.

Confessions of a Trauma Junkie: My Life As a Nurse Paramedic

Sherry Jones Mayo, 2017
Ride in the back of the ambulance with Sherry Lynn Jones Share the innermost feelings of emergency services workers as they encounter trauma, tragedy, redemption, and even a little humor. Sherry Lynn Jones has been an Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Room Nurse, prison healthcare practitioner, and an on-scene critical incident debriefer.

The Nature Way

Corbin Harney & Alex Purbrick, 2009
Corbin Harney's long life encompassed remarkable changes in the lives of Native Americans and in the technological and political development of the world. He was born into an Western Shosone family on the Nevada-Idaho border. As an adult, Harney found his calling as a traditional healer and spiritual leader, civil-rights activist and a leader of the international antinuclear movement.

Emily Patterson: The Heroic Life of a Milltown Nurse

Lisa Anne Smith, 2017
A biography of self-taught nurse, Emily Patterson, and her life from the time when she emigrated with her family from Bath, Maine, USA, in the 1860s first to the Alberni Canal on Vancouver Island, then to the Willamette Valley and finally to Hastings Mill and Moodyville (now in Metro Vancouver). 

Where Night Is Day: The World of the ICU

James Kelly, 2013 
Where Night Is Day Where Night Is Day is a nonfiction narrative grounded in the day-by-day, hour-by-hour rhythms of an ICU in a teaching hospital in the heart of New Mexico. It takes place over a thirteen-week period, the time of the average rotation of residents through the ICU. It is the story of patients and families, suddenly faced with critical illness, who find themselves in the ICU. 

More Confessions of a Trauma Junkie: My Life As a Nurse Paramedic: Folie Á Deux

Sherry Jones Mayo, 2012
Disclosing experiences from both sides of the gurney, Sherry and other EMS, ER, paramilitary, and firefighter responders walk you along their fragile line of sanity. Using humor as a life raft during perfect storms, workers reflect upon how they endure and survive personal and professional tragedy while trying not to care too much, and what happens when they fail in that attempt.

Florence Nightingale

Streaming Media

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The Interventionists: Chronicles of a Mental Health Crisis Team

Directed by Katerina Cizek
National Film Board of Canada

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#Beyond94 – From residential school to one of Manitoba's first Indigenous nurses

Lenard Monkman (Journalist), Teghan Beaudette (Producer)
CBC Curio

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Inhale Exhale

Directed by Danielle Sturk
National Film Board of Canada

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My Heart Attack

Directed by Sheldon Cohen
National Film Board of Canada

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Reflections on Practice: Relationship Building

Directed by Nettie Wild
National Film Board of Canada

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Talking at Night

Directed by Eric Thiessen
National Film Board of Canada

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Mona Parsons: Canada's Nazi Resistance Fighter

Michael Serapio (Host), Reg Sherren (Journalist)
CBC Curio

Health & Healing in Canada 

Social Media


Here in Berlin

Cristina Garcia, 2017
Here in Berlin encounters a people's history: the Cuban teen taken as a POW on a German submarine only to return home to a family who doesn't believe him; the young Jewish scholar hidden in a sarcophagus until safe passage to England is found; a young nurse with a checkered past who joins the Reich at a medical facility more intent to dispense with the wounded than to heal them; and the son of a zookeeper at the Berlin Zoo, fighting to keep the animals safe from both war and an increasingly starving populace. 

Dog Years

Melissa Yancy, 2016
These richly layered stories juxtapose the miracles of modern medicine against the inescapable frustrations of everyday life: awkward first dates, the indignities of air travel, and overwhelming megastore cereal aisles. Melissa Yancy's personal experiences in hospitals, medicine, and family services infuse her narratives with a rare texture and gravity. 

Doctor Frederick Ngenito

Linus T. Asong, 2010
Dr. Frederick Ngenito shocks his entire ethnic community by finally marrying a girl whose rejection of him had cost him an enviable job. But this is nothing compared to the ire of the ancestors when he hides the facts surrounding his irate father's suicide and he is buried without the traditional cleansing, and which reduces him to a wreck. Harrowing but thoroughly enjoyable, this spellbinder of a novel is a brash standoff between filia and eros, science and fetish fears.

The Stone Necklace

Carla Damron, 2016
The Stone Necklace braids together the stories of a grieving widow, a struggling nurse, a young mother, and a troubled homeless man, reminding us of the empowering and surprising ways our lives touch one another and how, together, we can recover from even the greatest of losses.

At Midnight in a Flaming Town

Lorraine Bateman & Paul Cole, 2011
Biographically based on people caught up in the German invasion of Belgium in the early months of WWI, including British nurse Edith Cavell, the story follows the lives of Marion, a trainee nurse in Brussels, Sister Therese from Leuven, and Russell, an American Rhodes scholar. Against this background of heightening tension and danger, the people affected show how their beliefs are challenged, loyalties tested, and new relationships formed. 

Twelfth and Race, 2012

Eric K. Goodman, 2012
Life takes a strange turn when Richard Allan Gordon, 30 years old and as white as they come, discovers that, as a result of identity theft, five-year-old Jada Reece Gordon bears his name. The product of a middle-class Jewish upbringing, Richie finds himself completely in love and lust with Jada's mother, a 25-year-old African American nursing student. As riots erupt around them and Richie discovers a secret about his own past that challenges his long-held ideas. 

The Deaf Heart: A Novel

Wiley Conley, 2015
Told through a series of quirky, irreverent short stories and letters home during the early 1980s, The Deaf Heart chronicles a year in the life of Dempsey "Max" McCall, a Deaf biomedical photography resident at a teaching hospital on the island of Galveston, Texas. Max strives to become certified as a Registered Biological Photographer while straddling the deaf and hearing worlds. 

For a Modest Fee

Freda Jackson, 2010

Trained as a nurse and midwife, Elizabeth Evans never wanted to help set up the fledgling town of Aspen Coulee, Alberta, but travels there with her father when he agrees to become the town doctor. Housekeeper at the Evans' house, Ann Montgomery hoped to keep all her San Francisco secrets locked in her ancient wedding chest. It is 1907, and the Canadian Pacific Railway is driving the engine of the west. Against the fluid backdrop of the Canadian prairies, For a Modest Fee is a story about the women of the era and the expectations that made them the primary caretakers of not only their own families, but of the entire town.