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The Bell Lap

Stories for Compassionate Nursing Care, 1st Edition

By Muriel Murch

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155 pages

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"Clinically accurate and artfully poignant, these stories provide another way of knowing. I wish I had read this book when I was a nursing student. The Bell Lap is ready made for the classroom of medical students, nursing students, and other healthcare givers. Patients and family members as well as the general public can learn something from it too. There is a community inside and outside the door of the patient’s room. The nurse, more than any other healthcare giver, is a member of both communities and an advocate for the patient in both. Murch has elevated advocacy to an art form in The Bell Lap." – Judy Schaefer, Hospital Drive

The Bell Lap has been awarded third place in the 2016 AJN Book of the Year Awards in the Palliative Care and Hospice Category.

The Bell Lap explores, with great insight, the multiple lessons of living and dying. These stories offer engaging and invaluable insights for trainees, practicing nurses, and other health professionals working in the field. Through these stories, the author has laid the ground for caregivers to reach beyond the confines of the settings of illness, whether home, hospital, or long-term care and become an active and involved participant in the world of the patient.

Reviews

"Clinically accurate and artfully poignant, these stories provide another way of knowing. I wish I had read this book when I was a nursing student. The Bell Lap is ready made for the classroom of medical students, nursing students, and other healthcare givers. Patients and family members as well as the general public can learn something from it too. There is a community inside and outside the door of the patient’s room. The nurse, more than any other healthcare giver, is a member of both communities and an advocate for the patient in both. Murch has elevated advocacy to an art form in The Bell Lap." – Judy Schaefer, Hospital Drive

Table of Contents

A Drop of Blood

The Brigadier, His Buggy and the Butterfly

Mr. Tims’ Morning

It Says Love

Morning Coffee

The Museum Visit

Spring Fever

Phone Calls

The Waiting Room

The Vigil

Doctor Patel Comes to Tea

The Visitor

The Dentist

The Letter M

Epilogue: A True Story

Nursing Notes for The Bell Lap

About the Author

Muriel A. Murch, BSN,was born and grew up in England, where she graduated as a nurse in 1964. In 1965, she married Walter Murch in New York City and they motorcycled to Los Angeles, California, relocating to the Bay Area in 1969. Muriel added a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from San Francisco State University in 1991 from whence came Journey in the Middle of the Road: One Woman’s Journey through a Mid-Life Education, published by Sybil Press in 1995. Her short stories and poetry are included in several university press anthologies and online journals focused on the writings of nurses and women’s health.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MED002000
MEDICAL / Administration
MED032000
MEDICAL / Geriatrics
MED035000
MEDICAL / Health Care Delivery
MED058000
MEDICAL / Nursing / General