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UVA Nursing Students Write Book Reflecting on Experiences

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Some University of Virginia nursing students have found a creative way to give advice about how to deal with challenging situations.  The 2013 class has compiled a book called "This Journal Belongs to a Nursing Student" to give a glimpse into their everyday lives.

With a grant from University of Virginia's Project in the Arts, the group of students put together the book to provide a glimpse of what it's like to be in their shoes.  Contributors hope that the book can motivate other nursing students and provide life lessons for everyone.

Nearly 40 students wrote essays, poems, and journal entries about some of the hardest times in a nursing student's career.  The stories range from childbirth, to growing older, and even cancer.  Monika Criman, the book's editor and a nursing student, says you can go from tears to laughter in just a matter of minutes.

"I think this type of reflective writing is so important to professions like nursing and other health care professions just because of the need to reflect on experiences that touch you very deeply," Criman said.  "Experiences that you can't just walk away from and always leave at the hospital, but experiences that can be applied to real life."

Other nursing classes have already shown interest in creating their own version of the book.

The $3,000 grant allowed for 500 copies to be printed.  Students soon hope to distribute some of the books throughout UVA's Medical Center for other nurses to read.

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