Synopses & Reviews
Angel Walk reveals the untold stories of the men and women who have fought for the lives of those wounded on the battlefield, Army Nurse Corps (ANC) officers. It provides a unique perspective into the hearts and minds of these caretakers; sheds light on their experiences, trials, and tribulations; and describes the lifestyle and living accommodations of these nurses and their patients. A retired ANC colonel, Dr. Sharon Richie-Melvan delicately retells the horrific stories of mass casualties, amputations, and death experienced by those deployed to a combat zone; voices compassion and empathy for those who are still caring for the wounded, and reminds us of the pride and camaraderie of being a military nurse. Throughout this book the authors reveal the joys, fears, reactions, and coping mechanisms used by nurses in the line of duty. As a nursing professor, Dr. Diane Vines identifies key resources, critical references, and explores how family members, friends, colleagues, and concerned citizens can better understand and help warriors and nurses in their reintegration back home. She also presents the full spectrum of coping responses from mild stress reactions to severe depression and explores the varied education and treatment programs now available to all returning troops.
“An excellent job of bringing to life the stories and sacrifices Army nurses give to our troops. As a former soldier I am so proud.”
—Stedman Graham, Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur
“Combat medics and combat nurses saved my life. They are indeed angels.”
—Former U.S. Senator Max Cleland
“ . . . the human touch of the stories told, alone, makes this a valuable read.”
—Lieutenant General James B. Peake, U.S. Army, Retired; former Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary
“What a terrific read! . . . I was extremely impressed with the catalog of resources that Sharon and Diane provided.”
—Marsha (Marty) J. Evans, Ret. U.S. Navy Rear Admiral and former Chief Executive of the Red Cross
“After reading Angel Walk, one will fully understand the human toll of war and never again view it in the abstract.”
—Colonel Curtis V. Ebitz, U.S. Army, Retired
“The bond between combat nurse and wounded soldier has never been so movingly described.”
—Patricia L. Walsh, Vietnam civilian nurse, author of River City: A Nurse’s Year in Vietnam
"Angel Walk" reveals the untold stories of the men and women who have fought for the lives of those wounded in wartime, and provides a unique perspective into the hearts and minds of U.S. military nurses.
About the Author
An international health care leader, spiritual/mental health promoter, and oral historian, Dr. Sharon I. Richie-Melvan is President and CEO of Crossroads Testing Coaching and Consulting. She retired as a three times “below the zone” U.S. Army Nurse Corps colonel in 1996. Dr. Richie-Melvan now serves on
six nonprofit boards, writes a column entitled “Lean on Me,” and was the first military nurse White House Fellow in 1982-1983.
Dr. Diane Vines is a professor of nursing at the University of Portland, and has been an author; a nursing, higher education, and health care administrator; a nationally recognized speaker and consultant; and the first civilian nurse White House Fellow.