Nurse writer Cortney Davis‘s The Heart’s Truth: Essays on the Art of Nursing, her edited collection that came out from Kent State University Press in 2009, has been awarded the American Journal of Nursing‘s Book of the Year Award.
If the term “essay” may be offputting to some readers, take heart: These are personal essays, in which memoir becomes the occasion for insight. Davis explores her own experiences of illness as a wounded healer, her early experiences as a student nurse and novice RN, and her range of clinical experiences (hospitals, health centers).
The Heart’s Truth challenges us to look at health care professions less as technique, more as art. Davis’s pensées follow in the tradition of Pascal, for whom “The heart has reasons which reason knows not.”