TITLE: Be Brave
GENRE: Adult - Contemporary Romance
“Be Brave” is ~95K words and is a contemporary romance. Kate and Noah go from nurse and doctor to colleagues nearly overnight. Add in a ton of sexual tension, a large and nosy family and a traumatic past, and Kate and Noah are on a roller coaster ride.
"Tell me about your strengths and weaknesses, Ms. Murphy", the recruiter says. This was the first step in a long day of interviewing for a position as nurse practitioner to the junior
cardiovascular surgeon at Children's Hospital in Chicago. My schedule for the day included meeting with the nurse manager of the pediatric intensive care unit, as well as the head of the
department, Dr. Don Summers, and my would-be boss, Dr. Noah Williams. Dr. Williams was the newest surgeon on the team and I was interviewing for the position as his NP. My job would
include assisting him in the OR, rounding with the team as a whole, and managing the care of the kids after their surgery. From surgery to discharge, they would have my smiling face guiding
Twirling the claddaugh ring that my folks gave me for my sixteenth birthday, I remark "I would say that my weaknesses are a drive for perfection, which can lead to some really long days for me and, on occasion, unrealistic expectations of others. I give my all and expect that of those around me. I have learned over time how to harness that energy to inspire those around me instead of butting heads. I don't subscribe to the 'eating your young' philosophy that, unfortunately, happens with sometimes nurses.” I know my response sounds trite as it comes out of my mouth. But it would be bad form to say ‘weaknesses? What weaknesses?’