Editors Carol Donley and Martin Kohn are cofounders of the Center for Literature, Medicine, and Biomedical Humanities at Hiram College. Since 1990 the Center has brought humanities and the healthcare professions together in mutually enriching interactions, including interdisciplinary courses, summer symposia, and the ""Literature and Medicine"" book series from the Kent State University Press. The first three anthologies in the series grew out of courses in the Biomedical Humanities program at Hiram. Then the series expanded to include original writing and edited collections by physicians, nurses, humanities scholars, and artists. The books in the series are designed to serve as resources and texts for healthcare education as well as for the general public. This book presents a collection that reveals the joys, fears, intimacies, and transcendent moments shared by a nurse and her patients. What is it like to be a student nurse washing the feet of a dying patient? To be a newly graduated nurse, in charge of the Intensive Care Unit for the first time, who wonders if her mistake might have cost a life? Or to be an experienced nurse who, by her presence and care, holds a patient to this world? Poet and nurse practitioner Cortney Davis answers these questions by examining her own experiences and through them reveals a glimpse into the minds and hearts of those who care for us when we are at our most vulnerable. ""The Heart's Truth"" offers the joys, frustrations, fears, and miraculous moments that nurses, new and experienced, face every day. In these finely wrought essays, Davis traces her twin paths, nursing and writing, inviting readers to share what she discovers along the way - lessons not only about the human body but also about the human soul. Rich, intimate, and never shrinking from the realities of illness, the grace of healing, or the wonder of words, ""The Heart's Truth"" will inspire student caregivers, intrigue readers, and affirm those who have long worked in nursing, a profession that Davis calls 'odd, mysterious, humbling, addicting, and often transcendent'.