Powerful New Book, "The American Nurse," Thanks, Recognizes and Honors the Dedicated, Compassionate and Wise Women and Men at the Heart of America's Healthcare System

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In her unprecedented new book "The American Nurse," photographer and award-winning filmmaker Carolyn Jones–through quiet photographs and deeply moving text–tells the inspiring personal stories of 75 nurses from across the U.S. From tiny clinics to mega-hospitals, from end-of-life care to neo-natal, from AIDS to cancer – these are stories of compassion, strength, endurance and gratitude.

Cover of The American Nurse, a powerful new book of portraits and profiles of the women and men working in nursing and healthcare.

The American Nurse Photographs and Interviews by Carolyn Jones

All of us at some point before we die, most likely, are going to encounter a
relationship with a nurse. Whether they are caring for us or a family member, we
are going to cross paths with a nurse. – Carolyn Jones

While books, television shows, and New Yorker articles by and about doctors abound, nurses have remained mostly unsung—until now. What they know, what they have experienced and the stories they have to share reveal everything about their extraordinarily personal world. Never before have nurses been so beautifully and poignantly given voice as they are in Carolyn Jones’s cross-country photojournalistic journey, "The American Nurse."

“I expected warriors out there and in a way that’s what I found—just not the way I expected. Nurses do fight to care for us, in spite of ourselves, in spite of the obstacles in their way. And, they fix us, and when they can no longer fix us, they make sure that we are comfortable and that our time leaving this earth is as rich as it is entering.” – Carolyn Jones

An eye-opening and touchingly intimate photographic and biographical journey, "The American Nurse" celebrates a broad spectrum of nurses from across the country—from big cities to small towns, tiny clinics to mega-hospitals and places in-between (transport nurses).

The journey began in New York City, where Carolyn met nurses working in a district with the highest rate of hunger in the U.S. She then stopped in Baltimore to meet nurses on the cutting edge of healthcare and nurse educators training the next generation, moving next to San Diego and a VA hospital that is home to the largest concentration of veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. Jones then spent time with prison nurses in Louisiana; and while in Riverton, Wyoming, she learned about the health needs of the Native American population. In Kentucky, Jones drove with a nurse up creeks to the homes of coal miners and in Wisconsin, she found a Sister running both a nursing home and a farm while caring for foster children.

These stories are as varied as the nurses, as varied as the locations, as varied as the focus from end-of-life care to neo-natal, from AIDS to cancer – but always, always, the stories come down to compassion. We learn an incredible amount in these pages. Gratitude comes often to mind.

This book, and the entire American Nurse Project, would not have been possible without the support of Fresenius Kabi. 'The American Nurse tells a story that needed telling,' says Rhonda Collins, MSN, RN, Vice President & Business Manager, Fresenius Kabi North America. She tell her own nursing story here.
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Click here to see a video with Carolyn Jones talking about the origins of the American Nurse Project which led to "The American Nurse" book.

For more information about "The American Nurse" book, including a list of hospitals with nurses featured, go to the book's webpage at welcomebooks.com.
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About the author: Known internationally for her socially proactive medium-format photographic portraiture, Carolyn Jones is also an award-winning filmmaker, having worked in a wide variety of film and video formats, primarily in documentary production. Her most widely acclaimed book, "Living Proof: Courage in the Face of AIDS," was published by Abbeville Press and was accompanied by shows in Tokyo, Berlin, the U.S. and the United Nations World AIDS Conference. In addition to her multiple exhibitions, book and magazine publications, Carolyn has collaborated on projects with Oxygen Media, PBS, the Girl Scouts of the USA, and an extensive list of corporate clients. She founded the non-profit 100 People Foundation for which she travels the world telling stories that celebrate our global neighbors. Visit carolynjones.com for more information.
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About the publisher: Welcome Books is a New York-based publisher of distinctive, exquisitely crafted visual books on a variety of subjects including art, photography, fashion, nature, travel, history, design, religion, sports, parenting, and food. Distributed by Random House.
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The American Nurse
Photographs & Interviews
by Carolyn Jones
Afterword By Rhonda Collins
180 Pages, 11 3/4 X 11 3/4
Hardcover, $60.00 ($60.00 Canada)
100 black & white Photographs
ISBN 978-1-59962-121-0
On Sale: October 2012

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