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Book Title: Wednesday's Children: Memoirs of a Nurse-Turned-Social-Worker in the Appalachian Mountains|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 2.78 MB
v The author of the book: Kathryn Michaels
Edition: Monkeypaw Press
Date of issue: March 25th 2013
ISBN 13: 9780615773704
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Read full description of the books Wednesday's Children: Memoirs of a Nurse-Turned-Social-Worker in the Appalachian Mountains:Delivering welfare babies, warding off voodoo spells, and living in a culture that still seems to be fighting the Civil War-small wonder young registered nurse Kate Jacobs quickly grows disenchanted with nursing in the "lowcountry" of coastal South Carolina. When a friend urges her to switch from nursing to paramedic and child protection services social work, Kate accepts the challenge and finds herself in one of the most isolated areas of rural Appalachia. Here a whole new set of challenges await: technical cliff rescues, hikes into remote back-woods "hollers" to remove child victims of sexual assault from their homes only to have an indifferent judge order them back the next day, and dealing with some of America's poorest and most distrustful citizens. And from all appearances, and even though she's white, former members of the Ku Klux Klan have just set her house on fire... Based on the memoirs of a registered nurse-turned-social worker, this is a tale of heartbreak and laughter, courage and cowardice seasoned with a candid look at the early days of social work and emergency rescue medicine that will both challenge and renew your faith in humanity.
Read information about the authorI was born a twin during the post World War II baby boomer years in Germany, but by the time I hit my formative years, my family had relocated to the eastern seaboard of America, not far from Manhattan. My educational career began with nursing, but I soon became interested in social work, landing a job as a Child Protective Services social worker in the mountains of rural Appalachia, where I fell in love with the locals and found my additional calling in river running, swift water rescue, ski patrolling, and mountain search and rescue. I eventually left social work and returned to family practice nursing—something that allowed me more time to raise my own daughters as a single mom.
When I’m not writing, I’m busy volunteering as an EMT for the local fire department, and am serving my thirty-fifth year as a ski patroller. In the early 2000s, I married an old and dear friend; Mike had been widowed a number of years earlier. We currently live on a small island in the Pacific Northwest with our three dogs, multiple sheep, and goats. I’ve learned that life is essentially as happy as you are willing to make it, and I have been blessed with an amazing life and an amazing family.
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