The Intensive Care Unit of a hospital is a place most of us hope we’ll never get to know. But for some families, these places can suddenly become all too familiar.
Other people, like James Kelly, spend most of their time inside this environment. As a critical care RN in the ICU at Lovelace Women’s Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he’s seen both critical illness and the way doctors, nurses, patients, and their families navigate their way through these circumstances.
He’s written about the cycles of the ICU and the relationship of both professional and lay observers to illness, suffering, empathy, and care in a book called “Where Night is Day.”