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Author: Traci Graf
Registered Nurse and first time author Traci Graf has worked in several unique areas of medicine. Starting with a 16-year career as an Operating Room nurse; then moving to nursing in a Psychiatric Emergency Room (Crisis Response Center); followed by a career as a Transplant Coordinator and now as a home health care Case Manager. She enjoys being an RN and helping empower patients to take control of their healthcare. She lives with her family in Merritt Island, Florida.
"Organ transplants are a very controversial and unique area of medicine. Those of us who work as Transplant Coordinators were frequently referred to by hospital staff as 'organ vultures' behind our backs, but also many times within earshot. I felt this reference to extremely ugly birds was unfair and short sighted. I did say once in a while to a difficult staff person, 'if your kid needed a transplant wouldn't you hope that someone was out there being as ethically aggressive about finding an organ as they can?' That usually shut them up quickly."
-- from the Foreword
The Gift of Life is about the remarkable world of organ transplant coordinators, profiles of the men and women who locate and arrange for the donation of organs from those who are dying and wish to live on in others' bodies through this selfless gift. Traci Graf tells the riveting story of this unique and demanding branch of medicine.
Transplant coordinators review the medical files and charts on all patients whose condition is so severe that they are not expected to live. Their task is to convince the patient (or the patient's family) to allow organs to be donated immediately upon death. The transplant coordinator works to saves lives by finding and obtaining consent for as many organ donations as possible.
In The Gift of Life, transplant coordinator Traci Graf recounts the stress, drama and joy of working long hours dealing with emotionally distraught family members and overworked medical staff, and the emotional toll of a job that means the difference between life and death for the recipients.
Packed with riveting first person narrative, The Gift of Life will appeal to anyone interested in modern medical practice and the lives and challenges faced by nurses and doctors who work to offer critically ill patients the gift of life thanks to donors' foresight and generosity.
Important stats from Traci Graf :
*An excellent book that explains and helps the public understand more about organ donation. The author takes the reader on a journey into the hospital where lives are forever changed.....her words and stories are inspiring, especially helping write my own living will. I've said yes to being an organ donor. For many years......now I know more and understand just how important this is.
*As a retired trauma surgeon I can appreciate what goes on in brain death....the angst, heartache, family meetings and tears, intense work of the nurses and coordinators and finally, if all criteria were met, the donation. Chevron was a thirteen year old child and my first loss. He went on to give better life to five children by donation. Traci put into words my thoughts and feelings. Very powerful book which should be read.
Author: Terri Wentzell
I am a believer and follower of Jesus Christ. "But the Lord stood with me and gave me strength..." 2 Timothy 4:17. I am a wife, mother, registered nurse, trainer, coach and a healthy living junkie! I believe in lifting heavy things, eating fresh food (not processed junk), workouts that improve functional fitness and help prevent injury, controlling stress levels, and decreasing toxins in my life. I do NOT believe in fad diets, counting calories or weighing my food. Nurses don't have time for that crap! Healthy living should be a sustainable process for the long haul... not painful, tedious and a temporary bandaid.
I started my own wellness business a few years ago helping individuals and groups with fitness, nutrition, and changing habits and behavior patterns to live better lives. I have taught fitness classes and yoga classes, along with doing some personal training and also corporate wellness seminars. Talk about workplace wellness... who needs that more than a nurse!
Nurses are beat down every day in their jobs... physically, mentally, and emotionally. It's time to take care of YOU! I want to help nurses prevent injuries on the job, manage their stress levels, learn how to take control of their eating patterns and habits, and basically just rock at being the best they can be... at work, and in life. This site is geared towards nurses because I know that there is such a need in that demographic, but certainly anyone looking to live a healthier life will hopefully enjoy this site. That being said, I am not a doctor, and anything on this site is not meant to be taken as medical advice. Please contact your physician before trying any new exercise program or making any drastic changes in your diet. Feel free to contact me as well with any comments or questions. Click the mail icon below to send me an email. I would love to hear from you!
Terri Wentzell RN, BSN
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Nurse Gone Strong is a educational, informative book about stepping back and think about yourself. When I was reading this book, yes this book is speaking to nurses, but Terri the author also is also speaking to everyone. She made me think about my lifestyle and yes we need to take time for ourselves.This book is very well written that it made me want to keep reading. It nice to know that if you have a question for the author you can go on her Facebook page, nurse gone strong. I highly recommend this book.
I just read Ms Wentzells book. I am very pessimistic on books like hers, but since whe is a nurse like me ,I would give it a read with a cup of coffee. Terri has written about the stress of being a nurse and the importance and need to take care of oneself. Physically ,emotionally , and nutritionally. I have begun to use her interventions for a better human condition and I want to thank her someday and tell her how excellent her book. I have recommended her book to my friends and family and I also hope you buy this book as an investement in your well being. thanks Ms Wentzell !
I personally know Terri, I can say I am a better person to know such an exceptional lady.
You don't have to be a nurse to relate to this book, great common sense, sometimes you just need to hear it again. I know I took so much from Terri's book. Take time for yourself.
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