New book by Allina nurse helps kids in the ER
FRIDLEY, Minn. 04/27/2011--Most young writers are urged to write what they know. Christine Lane, an Emergency Department nurse at Unity Hospital, took that advice to heart and her book, Show Me Some Urgency, I'm An Emergency, is the result.
Christine Lane is author of Show Me Some Urgency, I'm an Emergency. Lane is a nurse in Unity Hospital's Emergency Department.
"I always wanted to write a book," Lane said. "I decided to do it about something I see everyday."
What Lane sees is a lot of young children who aren't exactly thrilled to be in the ER. She views part of her job as trying to put those kids at ease, with Show Me Some Urgency a tool for doing that.
"I was already using comfort phrases with the kids," Lane said. "I used those in starting the book and just developed more as I went along."
Show Me Some Urgency, which Lane wrote under her pen name of Christine Binger, employs simple rhymes and kid-friendly language to help children understand what's happening in the ER.
An example: "You want me to take medicine? Are you mad? Go get me a popsicle if you want me glad."
Lane, who was a paramedic before coming to Unity, said she decided to do the 16-page book, "because I want to give back to the children to help them feel better and to give them something to do when they are here."
Not only did Lane write the book, she handled its production from beginning to end. She contracted with AuthorHouse to publish it, and hired an illustrator to develop the theme of a baby elephant as the ER patient.
The books have been made available in the Unity ER through a purchase by the hospital's senior leadership team and by doctors from the Emergency Physicians Professional Association. Allina Health Emergency Medical Services also bought copies with which to stock ambulances.
Show Me Some Urgency is also available at Unity's gift shop and online at Amazon. In addition, Lane donates copies and is working with Allina Hospitals & Clinics to expand distribution to other hospitals.
"This was a real learning experience for me. I truly had no idea what I was doing," Lane said. "But I'm happy the way it turned out."
Happy enough that she is already working on another book, this one for kids who have to ride in an ambulance.
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