Nina Angela McKissock
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"Many times "positive" thinking lacks compassion. I've seen it over and over as a hospice nurse. From a wife stuffing huge capsules into her saliva-less husbands mouth, to a bouncy nursing student advising a dying 28 year old that…"
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[SWP: Behind the Book] Serendipity? Luck? My money is on the message.

When I handed the medical transcriptionist the Ziploc bag containing eight micro-cassettes, she gave me the raised index finger, “Wait a sec, I’ll be right back,” sign. “We’ll have to get the machine out of the back closet, but I think we can find someone to get these done for you.” I’d been dictating hospice memories into a hand-held Dictaphone for the last fifteen years. Stop lights, waiting at drive thru's, sitting in the park; I burned to document these stories because no one I knew…See More
Apr 14, 2015

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Who I am:
I'm a registered nurse who's had the privilege of serving as a hospice nurse for the last fifteen years. My memoir, titled From Sun to Sun: A Hospice Nurse Reflects on the Art of Dying, takes the reader to the bedside of twenty-one patients I had the honor to care for during the end of their life.Written without religiosity or dogma,I believe the stories will inspire people to talk about their wishes and dispel the fear surrounding the experience of dying.
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
nina@fromsuntosun.com
#ninamckissock
Nina Angela McKissock, Author (Facebook)
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
TITLE INFORMATION
FROM SUN TO SUN
A Hospice Nurse Celebrates Life
McKissock, Nina Angela
ISBN: 978-1-4675-3841; May 16, 2014
BOOK REVIEW
A memoir that explores the tender mercies of hospice care.
In this intimate nonfiction account of her experiences as a hospice nurse, debut author McKissock tells bittersweet stories in which she and her patients are the central characters and her hard-earned wisdom about dying is the major theme. “In this country we think of dying primarily as a medical event. It’s much more than that,” she writes. The author supplies sufficient graphic detail to satisfy our fearful curiosity about the end-of-life symptoms referred to here as “actively dying.” She describes the specific pharmaceuticals that, we are told, can make dying as natural as “an uncomplicated birth.” Each chapter tells the story of a particular person—an internationally renowned ballet dancer, a wealthy art collector, a baby girl—whom she cared for during their final days. With an open-minded attitude toward the mysteries of life and death, the author has produced a memoir filled with surprises. The book celebrates hospice nurses, the best of whom act with kindness, efficiency and optimism, serving as calm “midwives” for the dying. As such, it restores luster to the somewhat tarnished reputation of the hospice industry, which began as a nonprofit movement but has since attracted big business and private equity investors seeking large profits. That financial story is not part of this personal narrative, which never lags as the experienced hospice nurse moves from one patient’s story to the next and reveals an inner life in which her own death is never far from her mind. It may be quibbling to point out that, in several instances, the author inadvertently repeats almost word for word a sentence she used elsewhere in the book, as when she describes a patient lifting a pinkie finger: “To a hospice nurse, that is like a big high-five.” The revelation that dying in hospice care can be an emotionally uplifting last chapter of life is one of many in the book.
This tenderly rendered addition to the literature on hospice care deserves the widest possible audience.

From Sun to Sun: A Hospice Nurse Celebrates Life.
My writing is:
Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Blog Posts, Theory
Services I offer to other writers:
Beta reading with critique.
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
Ambler's Writers, Philadelphia Writers Group
My professional associations:
American Nurses Association, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. The Ninety Nines International Pilots Organization.
I found out about She Writes from:
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[SWP: Behind the Book] Serendipity? Luck? My money is on the message.

Posted on April 14, 2015 at 4:00am 0 Comments

When I handed the medical transcriptionist the Ziploc bag containing eight micro-cassettes, she gave me the raised index finger, “Wait a sec, I’ll be right back,” sign.



“We’ll have to get the machine out of the back closet, but I think we can find someone to get these done for you.”



I’d been dictating hospice memories into a hand-held Dictaphone for the last fifteen years. Stop lights, waiting at drive thru's, sitting in the park; I burned to document these stories…

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Posted on October 22, 2014 at 2:40pm 0 Comments

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At 9:39am on November 17, 2014, Pamela Olson said…

Thanks, Nina! Luckily my novel has a pretty straightforward, linear timeline, so that's not much of an issue. The tricky part is dripping the backstory in at the right times to keep the action moving forward but also keep the characters compelling and three-dimensional. There are also things that can happen either in Chapter 5 or Chapater 7, or things that should be spread out into Chapters 5 and 7, but they're inter-related, so I have to make sure there's continuity and completeness without redundancy over space and time. For this I made a pretty detailed outline -- just four pages of bullet points for each chapter that give the gist of what's happening every three pages or so and which three-page chunks are interrelated so that I can make sure to go back and read them together to make sure they flow even though they're not physically close to each other in the book. I hope that makes some sense!

At 6:38pm on November 8, 2014, Jill Starishevsky said…
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At 5:38pm on September 30, 2014, Sherry A. Rind said…

Nina, Before seeing this comment wall I sent a friend request in order to send you a message. No intent to be encroaching or pushy! I just wanted to say that I had no idea that people purchased social media followers. Your comment certainly changes my view about the "importance" of Twitter and such.

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