This book is incredible! I had initially tried to read Chicken Soup for the Nurse's Soul but couldn't finish because it was soooooo sappy full of stories of nurses falling in love with sick orphan babies rather than discussing their skills or professional obstacles. THIS book is exactly what I was looking for. It's a collection of short stories in which nurses of diverse nationalities, degrees, specialties, and experiences write about times they- just like the subtitle states- stood "up for themselves, their patients, and their profession." The personal is political! Unlike the Chicken Soup book, this book shows caring at its best- loving their patients and professions so much that they fight for them! These are nurses who perceived problems and then either alone or collectively sought to solve them in any way possible, sometimes by standing up to coworkers, doctors, managers, and/or administration, sometimes by performing research studies, sometimes by demanding state and/or federal legal changes, and sometimes by challenging the anachronistic stereotypes of nursing that persist. Not only did I learn a ton from this book, but it made me extremely excited to become a part of such an incredibly strong profession.