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Nationally Distinguished Nurse-Author Presents ‘Celebrating Nursing: Stories of the Extraordinary’

Carolyn Smeltzer, Ed.D., RN, FAAN to speak Monday, May 2

CHICAGO (April 15, 2005) – Saint Xavier University will host Carolyn Smeltzer, Ed.D., RN, FAAN, and author of “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives: Stories of Nurses,” noon to 1 p.m. Monday, May 2, in McGuire Hall. A book signing and reception will follow the event from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Butler Reception Room.

Smeltzer, who co-edited “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives” with Fran Vlasses, worked to collect stories from patients and from nurses about the daily care provided by those in the nursing profession. In compiling the book, Smeltzer said she wanted to honor and celebrate the work of nurses, who sometimes go unrecognized.

Published by the international nursing honor society Sigma Theta Tau, “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives” is already in its second printing and is the publisher’s biggest seller.

In addition to her authorship, Smeltzer, who lives in Chicago, is a partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers' health care advisory practice. Smeltzer also worked with Vlasses and Connie Robinson on a second book, “Chicago Nurse Parade,” a 1949-to-1958 Chicago tradition that celebrated nurses and encouraged others to join the profession. The authors researched using files that had been unopened for 50 years.

Sponsored by the SXU Student Nurses Association and the Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Omicron Chapter of Saint Xavier, Smeltzer’s reading and lecture is free and open to the public.
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