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Nursing, Breast Cancer, Medical, Nursing Practices, Autobiography, Memoir

Both Sides of the Bed
Memoirs of a Retired Nurse
by Annette B. Bryant

Both Sides of the Bed is the story of Annette Boyd Bryant, a career nurse who survived two battles with breast cancer and also fell victim to a stroke. This memoir is an account of her life and experiences, going from saving lives to considering taking her own, from health care professional to patient, and back. It’s an insight into the world of health care from both perspectives. It’s the story of her adjusting to her new normal. It’s the story of her triumph and her will. Both Sides of the Bed is the inspiring story of a woman who fought tooth and nail to keep her own life, so she could use it to help others keep theirs.

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After suffering a stroke in 2008, Annette Boyd Bryant starting writing as therapy to adjust to her new lifestyle. Before long, she discovered she had a book inside waiting to be shared. She wrote this book to provide encouragement and information to those considering the nursing profession and to the general public. Annette worked in the New York State Department of Mental Hygiene for twelve years, the Department of Veterans’ Administration Medical Surgical Unit for twenty-four years and in a nursing home for six years. While working full time, she graduated with honors from City University of New York (CUNY) (Staten Island Campus). She holds certification in two nursing specialties – geriatrics and medical surgery. Annette has one daughter, two grandsons, and three great grandchildren. She resides in Rock Hill, SC, and enjoys cooking for her family. Annette is working on her next book, which will be about her experiences with mentally challenged individuals.


Annette B. Bryant
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