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About the Book

Through personal and collective stories, infused with Robinson’s pure, audacious, and original voice, The Soul of the Nurse, is a love letter to nurses that shows why nurses captivate our imaginations and are the most trusted professionals in society.


“The Soul of the Nurse is a unique work. It is an inspiring exploration of the mythology and archetypal foundations that empower the deepest healing instincts of the nursing profession. This level of understanding is essential for any profession, if it is to achieve its highest possibilities. Robinson has performed a valuable service for nursing. May it spread to other professions as well!”

Larry Dossey, MD
Author of Reinventing Medicine and The Power of Premonitions and Executive Editor of Explore:  The Journal of Science and Healing


“What Joseph Campbell did to explain myth, Elizabeth Robinson does for nursing. She reveals the inner meanings of the nurse’s role to revitalize an essential profession. The revolutionary insights in The Soul of the Nurse offer renewal to those at the center of healthcare.”

Jonathan Young, PhD Psychologist
Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives


“The Soul of the Nurse is a valuable addition to the literature of nursing. It will help nurses find their voice and step into their power in these chaotic times in healthcare. This book is also an important social contribution, because no society can flourish without the essential contributions of nurses." 

Barbara Montgomery Dossey, PhD, RN, FAAN Author: *Florence Nightingale: Mystic, Visionary, Healer and Holistic Nursing


"From its outset, it is clear that The Soul of the Nurse is a special book, one that at once moves and challenges the reader. With the observation that "Nurses are no longer who they were and do not know who they will become" (p. 39), Elizabeth Ann Robinson sets the stage for her uniquely mythical/spiritual examination of both archetypical and contemporary influences that shape the profession. At this time of soaring rates of nurse burnout, The Soul of the Nurse provides a needed balm to the ennui that so many nurses suffer. Robinson's unique perspective takes readers on a gentle course of self-discovery. (Her comprehensive filmography about portrayals of nurses in popular media is an unexpected bonus!). This is a thoughtful, literate call to recapturing the meaning of one's profession. A must read for anyone who cares about the people who do this sacred work."

Wayne M. Sotile, Ph.D., Author of The Resilient Physician, and Thriving with Heart Disease


“As an experienced Critical Care Nurse, Elizabeth Robinson–first hand–has lived and witnessed the various enigmatic aspects of nursing. In her groundbreaking book, *The Soul of the Nurse*, she unveils the many mysteries of the nurse in a way we can all easily comprehend, embrace and be touched by. This homage to a very special group of healers honors and shines light on their journey. I highly recommend this book to anyone in the nursing or healthcare profession.”

Cheri Clampett, ERYT Co-author: The Therapeutic Yoga Kit