AJN The American Journal of Nursing
Associate editor Alison Bulman interviews Carolyn Jones, who discusses her new book, The American Nurse
. Rhonda Collins, MSN, RN, came up with the idea for the book as part of the American Nurse Project. Collins is vice president and business manager of infusion therapy/clinical nutrition company Fresenius Kabi USA, which supported the project. Jones traveled the country in search of “the best of the best” nurses, from those working with coal miners with black lung disease, to prison inmates, veterans, and some of the nation’s poorest populations. Knowing nothing about nurses when starting the project, by the end, Jones understood what nurses really do, witnessed how much of themselves they bring to patient care, and her 75 black-and-white portraits of them tell their stories with heart and profound respect.