April 11, 2007, 11:26 am

The Emergiblog Book Review: Mystic Nurse


I received an email one day from a nurse author asking me if I would like to review his book.

He provided a link to lulu.com, so I headed over there to check it out.

That nurse was Pat Cowell and the book, Mystic Nurse, is pictured here.

Pat offered to send me a copy, but I believe in supporting nurses who write. I purchased a copy.

It looked like something I’d like to have in my collection.

I was right!


Pat took an interesting road, passing through engineering and computers before finally getting to what he had always wanted to be.

A registered nurse.

His first job as an RN was in an emergency department that sent my adrenaline pumping just reading about it. “Mystic Nurse” is about his four years as a staff nurse in this department.

Pat describes the sphincter-clenching anxiety of being a new nurse, the gradual growth of confidence in his abilities, his relationships with his ED colleagues and his spiritual journey through caring for his patients.

You will laugh.

A lot.

You will cringe at some pretty horrific cases.

You will empathize with the need for a change.

You will understand the bond that forms between people who deal with life and death struggles on a daily basis.

You’ll enjoy this book.

I did.


Mystic Nurse is now available at both lulu.com and here at amazon.com.

Many thanks to Pat for leading me to a great read!

(And for being so patient while I finished the “Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant”, which took me longer to read than the Civil War did to fight!)



  • Jen

    April 12, 2007 at 6:00 am

    Did you ever read “A Nurse’s Story” by Tilda Shalof? It spans her 25 year career mostly in the ICU in Toronto. The ’70s to SARS and beyond. Excellent read, available online. Great teaching tool. This one looks good–get my summer started with something nursey perhaps (or, maybe I need a break!). I bet nurses (and others) out there would be interested in an online nursing/health care themed book club… hmm once exams are over…

  • 24hournurse

    April 12, 2007 at 6:08 am

    I just realized that there were SO MANY books out there about nursing and etc. I have just began to start reading them. Can you recommend any others?

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