Students in Jill Reiter and Mary Grady’s nursing classes at Lorain County Community College can confidently say that their professors wrote the book on nursing.
Reiter and Grady are contributing authors in the newly released textbook “Pediatric Nursing: The Critical Components of Nursing Care” by Kathryn Rudd and Diane Kocisko.
Reiter and Grady teach an array of nursing courses at LCCC, including clinical studies at University Hospital Rainbow Babies and Children Hospital. Through their work at the hospital, the LCCC duo came to know Rudd and Kocisko, who teach clinical courses for another area college.
“It was a great honor to be asked to write these chapters and we took it very seriously,” said Grady, who lives in Bay Village.
Reiter and Grady have a combined experience of 45 years in the nursing field, with primary expertise in pediatric nursing. Reiter has worked at LCCC for the past seven years, and Grady has been teaching at the college for eight years.
“Pediatric medicine includes birth to 21 years, and sometimes older. At this point in our careers, we’ve seen and done a lot. It’s nice to share that experience through this book,” Grady said.
The chapters they wrote in book cover cultural differences in pediatric nursing and also growth and development theories. The chapters include case studies, quiz questions and nursing terms. The book features a bulleted format, which makes it easier for students to study, Grader added.
“We are immersed in the content on a daily basis through our teaching and clinicals, so we are confident in our knowledge, but writing a textbook was a new experience,” said Reiter, who lives in Vermilion.
In addition to contributing their expertise to the book, Grady and Reiter also submitted photos of their children. Jill’s daughter, Audrey, and Mary’s son, John, are featured in the book to illustrate developmental concepts. Another LCCC faculty member, Vivian Yates, submitted a family photo which was used in the book.
“Seeing our family pictures in the book makes it even more special,” Reiter said. “It’s neat to think that students around the country will be reading our chapters and looking at photos of our kids.”
Reiter and Grady hope to utilize the new book in their LCCC classes soon. In the meantime, a few students caught a peek of the book and share their professors’ pride.
“The students are proud that their professors contributed to a textbook. Students see us in action in clinicals and in the classroom, and they excited for our accomplishments,” Reiter said.
“Pediatric Nursing: The Critical Components of Nursing Care” is available for purchase at www.amazon.com.