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Evelyn Sharenov is a writer and mental health nurse. Her essays have been published in anthologies and The New York Times. She graduated from Hunter College in NYC with degrees in literature and philosophy; she did graduate work in piano performance and then went on to receive a degree in mental health nursing. After she started practice she understood the interface of art and science as the tools in the toolbox as they come together in mental health work.
She lives in Portland, Oregon with her family, dividing her time between writing and practice. Her work has been widely published in newspapers, literary journals, parenting magazines and she has received grants, awards and residencies. She is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and NW Science Writers Association.
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I'm an an advanced practice mental health nurse. I've worked on crisis and acute psychiatric wards for a dozen years. My blog tells the intense, day in-day out, sometimes violent, sometimes tragic, occasionally triumphant stories of patients and staff working together on the frontlines. I've known many of these men and women for years, some of them for a day or two. All names have been changed. The locale is Portland, Oregon.