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Lions and Tigers and Nurses: A nursing novella about lateral violence

ltn_coverHaylie Evans, fresh from nursing school, is excited to join the team on Med-Surg South, but quickly learns what the expression “nurses eat their young” means.  When Miriam, a nurse who is counting her days till retirement, gets assigned as her preceptor, the claws really come out. Will Miriam force Haylie out of nursing? Will Donna, their nurse manager, find a way to stop the violence that is wreaking havoc on her nurses? Will there be peace on Med-Surg South ever again? 

Readers are eligible for 3 contact hours, CNE.

Southern Regional AHEC is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. AP#005-607

Order directly from Pritchett & Hull or call 1-800-241-4925 to order. LTN is also available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books a Million.


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Click here to listen to Amy read from Lions and Tigers and Nurses.

 Testimonials for Lions and Tigers and Nurses

“Amy Glenn Vega’s Lions and Tigers and Nurses is a wonderful story that pulls you in, keep you turning the pages, and leaves you with a new understanding of complex interpersonal issues.”
– Fran London, MS, RN
Author, “No Time To Teach”
Health Education Specialist
The Emily Center, Phoenix Childrens Hospital

“What is unique and great about Lions and Tigers and Nurses is how it demonstrates that it isn’t enough to be knowledgeable of the lateral violence phenomenon and the intervention. It truly is the recognition of the interaction and relationship messages with each other that comprise nursing culture. I believe that this book, with its ‘in action’ nursing practice examples woven in, highlights the possibility of real change.”
-Martha Griffin, RN, CS, PhD
Director of Nursing Education and Research
Boston Medical Center

Click on the book cover below to preview the first 5 chapters in fullscreen.

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14 Responses to “Lions and Tigers and Nurses: A nursing novella about lateral violence”

  1. Karen says:

    I have shared this book with two nurses in my family. They said they could relate to it and love the concept for continuing education. We are planning to continue the adventures of Haley, Miriam and the rest of the gang.

    Thanks to Amy for making learning such fun!

  2. Steve Hicks says:

    In this day and age of technology changes we seem to be always searching for a new "whiz bang" to make learning easier for people but I think you have tapped into our fundamental source for human learning and we often forget, the book is a learning tool that we literally "grow" up with throughout life.
    Steve Hicks, Ed. D.

  3. Lyn Keating, MS says:

    I want to know who's been following us in the office and on the floor!
    What a great way engage the learner and earn credit!! Lions and Tigers and Nurses provides a new and exiting alternative to traditional workshops. As the novella unfolds, each character recognizes their responsibility in workplace lateral violence. By the end of the story they've learned new strategies and options to make the worksplace a safer and more nurturing environment for employee retention and recruitment. Way to go Amy Glenn Vega and keep those novellas coming!

  4. Teme Levbarg says:

    This is a great way to engage learners and inspire them to try new and improved behaviors that will make a big difference on the job. I agree with Lyn, keep those novellas coming!!
    Teme Levbarg, PhD, MSW

  5. Kim Kwiatkowski says:

    How true to life this is. Again, you have outdone yourself. We love your stories!! I will continue to read your books again and again. This really helps all of us in our work environment. Thanks so much…you are inspirational.
    Kim K MHA, MSML

  6. Kim, MSN, RN says:

    I think this is a great way to engage nurses and make education fun again! Book club with a purpose… night shift reading at it's finest…terrific addition to a staff lounge or a gift for preceptors, new nurses, or any one who enjoys reading! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of each of them and decide how to best use them at my hospital. Thanks for looking for new ways to teach us.

  7. amyglennvega says:

    Book clubs are so much fun. I'd love to come and do a book club discussion with the folks at your hospital, Kim!

  8. Tracey says:

    What a great job you did on this book Amy. Nurses all over will appreciate being able to read a novel and then get continuing education credits from it. My hospital talkes about lateral violence all the time and how it won't be tolerated but it is widespread. Your book gave me lots of good ideas on how to help combat it. I will be recommending it to our administration! Thanks again for doing something so great for us nurses.
    P.S. Oh and the "Dear Nurse" letter in the beginning was so sweet. It brought tears to my eyes that someone who is not a nurse thinks so highly of those of us that chose the profession. Thank you.

    • amyglennvega says:

      Tracey, thanks so much for your comments! I'm so glad you found the information useful and I hope that it will help other nurses at your hospital as well. And thank you for the kind words about the dear nurse letter. It truly comes from the heart. Nurses are amazing people!

  9. amyglennvega says:

    Thank you for your great comment Lyn! With the steep nursing shortages that we're facing in this country, I'm so happy to hear that you think that novellas might be an educational resource to help with retention efforts. There is indeed a strong link between lateral violence and turnover rates. The strategies that you mention that are explored in Lions and Tigers and Nurses are from the article "Teaching Cognitive Rehearsal as a Shield for Lateral Violence: An Intervention for Newly Licensed Nurses," authored by Martha Griffin and published by the Journal of Nursing Staff Development. It's full of great information!

  10. KrisBelucci says:

    Hi, good post. I have been wondering about this issue,so thanks for posting. I’ll definitely be coming back to your site.

  11. Karen Allen says:

    I listened to the Amy reading from Lions and Tirgers and Nurses. Even though I read the book myself, hearing Amy read the excerpt easily brought tears to my eyes. This story is filled with emotion and it's lessons are unforgettable.

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