Original writings that illustrate experiences, impressions, and images, from the nursing students' perspective.

A Collection of UVA Nursing Students' Reflective and Creative Writing

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Top entries from the 15th Annual Celebration of Reflective and Creative Writing (2017):

Prose:

The River in Paradise by Anne McClure (RN-BSN '17)

Poetry:

Airhugging An Angel by Emily Buongiorno (CNL '18)


The two student authors will be honored at a VA Festival of the Book Event on Saturday, March 25, 2017, where attendees received copies of the top entries. Each student will receive a monetary award (thanks to the School's donors to the Annual Fund and the Alumni Association) and a small gift to help them continue to give voice to their nursing experiences.

Other submissions to the 15th Annual Celebration of Reflectice and Creative Writing:

Prose:

Life in Rainbows by Dallas Ducar (CNL '17)

Praise of Faith by Erin Horn (MSN '18)

No one Ever Told Us by Kimone Reid (DNP '18)

Poetry:

What A Privilege by Andrea Valdez (CNL '18)


Top entries from the 14th Annual Celebration of Reflective and Creative Writing (2016):

Prose:

"Bleeding Ink"‌ by Cassie Ahrens (BSN '16)

"A Quality Meal" by Dallas Ducar (CNL '17)

"A Violet Battle Flag" by Anne McClure (RN-BSN '17)

"To Be Alone With Agnes" by Paige Shannon (MSN '17)

Poems:

"Two-way Street"‌ by Elyse Marriner (BSN '17)


The five student authors were honored at the Annual Catherine Strader McGehee Memorial Lecture (part of the Medical Center Hour, Hospital Drive magazine, and the 2016 Virginia Festival of the Book) on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, where attendees received copies of the top entries. Each student received a monetary award (thanks to the School's donors to the Annual Fund and the Alumni Association) and a small gift to help them continue to give voice to their nursing experiences.

Other submissions to the 14th Annual Celebration of Reflectice and Creative Writing:

Prose:

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"The Woman Who Remembers My Name"‌

"The Woman Who Remembers My Name"‌

"The Woman Who Remembers My Name"‌

"The Woman Who Remembers My Name"‌

Poems:

"At My Patient's Door" by Lauren Beasley (BSN '18)

"An Angel Too Soon"

"Windows"‌


Top entries from the 13th Annual Celebration of Reflective and Creative Writing (2015):

Narratives:

"The First Death" by Melissa Behl (CNL '15)

"It's Like Riding a Bike...." by Melissa Morgan (MSN '17)

"Snow Day: A Nurse's Narrative" by Harriet Vincent (MSN '17)

Poems:

"The Walls of Your Room are Jaundiced" by Callie Bateman (BSN '16)


The four student authors were honored at the 2nd Melton D. & Muriel Haney Interprofessional Conference Compassionate Care at the End of Life, where conference participants received copies of the top entries. Each student also received a monetary award (thanks to the School's donors to the Annual Fund and the Alumni Association) and a small gift, as well as guidance in getting their work published.

Other submissions to the 13th Annual Celebration of Reflectice and Creative Writing:

Narratives:

"Timelines" by Sarah Bilby (BSN '15)

"Collections" and "Thoughts on Cancer" by Kensie Blodgett (BSN '15)

"Connecting with Sense" by Kate Raymond (MSN '16)

Poems:

"Can you see me?" by Jolene Carlton (MSN '16)

"Silent Song" by Jane Lee (BSN '16)

"Marbles" by Claire O'Friel (BSN '17)

"Self" by Liza Wayland (BSN '17)


Top entries from the 12th Annual Celebration of Reflective and Creative Writing (2014):

Narratives:

"Eyes" by Jonathan McMann (BSN '14)

"Gut Feelings"  â€Œby Darcy Alimenti (BSN '14)

"Maintaining Control: A personal Narrative" by Stephanie Gedeon (MSN '15)

Poems:

"Auscultation q4hr" by Jane Lee (BSN '16) 

"Peer Advising" by Julia Truelove (BSN '14)

"Thinner" by Lauren Catlett (CNL '16)