Craig E. Betson’s “Angels Beside Us” is a Collection of Poetry and Prose that Aims to Inspire and Uplift

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Nurse’s New Book Offers Strength to Live Life and Overcome Tragedy

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"We will all have tragic times in our lives,” Craig E. Betson shares. “Working as a critical care or cardiac nurse since 1986 has brought an incredible array of patients, stories, and lives across my path that taught me many lessons on how to deal with these tragic times we all face.” In his newly published book, Angels Beside Us, he shares a collection of prose and poetry from his own personal pathway to enlightenment as a nurse.

Taking up his life from the time he left another hospital where he worked in trauma units and immediate post-operative care, the narrative timeline in Angels Beside Us in the year 2000. Betson had transferred to a new hospital and new, though related work, in a cardiac step down unit involving recovering post open heart patients and returning these heart patients to their lives prior to the hospital. The tales in this book are vignettes of success and hope, meant to inspire and encourage. Many of them are from patients who were at the lowest point of their lives; some are from those that had actually returned from the vague land of being on the wrong end of a “code blue” after a cardiac or respiratory arrest. Through the loving pages, Betson also shares how special time is and what an incredible gift it is to be able to get up every day and be self sufficient.

Angels Beside Us is written for those who have been touched or are being touched by illness, it aims to inspire them to live again though valuable life lessons. “These pages are what I offer to you and I hope that you will find what you seek within them, my personal journal of the lives that have touched me the most deeply through the years. I hope you find the writing as inspirational as I did experiencing it,” the author concludes.

This book will be featured at the 2013 Michigan Reading Association Book Exhibit in Grand Rapids, Mich. on March 9 – 10, 2013.

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About the Author
Craig E. Betson has worked as a critical care or cardiac nurse since 1986. The lesson he learned repeatedly during his service was that it was not what happened in one’s life, but how the person reacted to that event. “[It is] …a dawning change in my perspective as life becomes an opportunity to positively change my patients and my own future every day of our lives from that point on,” he said. Working among intensive care and post-intervention patients teaches many things, not only about the physiology of the human body but the psychology of how to survive to live, to work, to stand another day. The techniques of survival are as varied as the individuals experiencing the event. Writing about things that fascinate him, Betson has seen how the coincidences of life become life-changing events without anyone even noticing. This book is offered to nurses and patients in the hope that it will help guide or at least acknowledge that there is a path to the light at the end of our particular tunnel. His first book Signs of Life . . .Observations of Death was about the time he spent working in trauma units and immediate post-operative open-heart patients.

Angels Beside Us * by Craig E. Betson, RN, MHSA
Publication Date: April 9, 2012
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 126 pages; 978-1-4691-7449-5
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 126 pages; 978-1-4691-7450-1

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