Joanne K. Singleton, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FNAP, FNYAM, celebrated the release of her first novel, White Beret: The Story of an Urban Nurse, with a book launch, discussion and breakfast Sept. 18 at Pace Universitys lower Manhattan campus.
Singleton is professor and chairwoman in the department of graduate studies and director of the DNP program at Paces Lienhard School of Nursing in the College of Health Professions. Her novel is a fictional account of Rebecca Spence, RN, according to a news release. Set in a major New York City hospital, the book gives an insiders look into life and death struggles on a pediatric unit during one crucial day for young patients, their families and the nurses who put their lives on the line to care for them.
Singletons childhood ambition was to be a writer. A summer experience as a teenager assisting nurses at a New York City medical center opened her eyes to the remarkable work and contributions of nurses. This Nightingale moment, as she calls it, made Singletons path to nursing clear.
My first novel brings me full circle fulfilling my childhood ambition and telling the story of nurses, Singleton said in the release. I believe that nurses are the unsung heroes of healthcare. Every day through their work they make a difference in the lives of other human beings. I plan to open up a dialogue among nurses and to bring their stories to life.
Singleton has practiced for many years as a nurse and a nurse practitioner, and has edited and contributed to a number of professional textbooks. She is a Fellow in both the National Academies of Practice and the New York Academy of Medicine. In addition, Singleton has been the executive producer and director of two documentaries, Butterfly: Transitioning Nursing to the Practice Doctorate and No Practitioner is an Island.
In 2012, Singleton was honored as Nurse.coms regional Nursing Excellence award winner in the category Advancing and Leading the Profession.