James Kelly's new book is Where Night Is Day: The World of the ICU.
“Where Night Is Day” is a nonfiction narrative grounded in the day-by-day, hour-by-hour rhythms of an ICU in a teaching hospital in the heart of New Mexico. It takes place over a thirteen-week period, the time of the average rotation of residents through the ICU. It begins in September and ends at Christmas. It is the story of patients and families, suddenly faced with critical illness, who find themselves in the ICU. It describes how they navigate through it and find their way. James Kelly is a sensitive witness to the quiet courage and resourcefulness of ordinary people.
James Kelly was born in Norwood, Massachusetts and grew up on Cape Cod. He earned a BA in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an associate degree in nursing from Castleton State College in Castleton, Vermont where he received the Diane McNeil Scholarship for excellence in psychosocial nursing care. He has been an ICU nurse for thirteen years. He moved to Santa Fe, NM in 1998 and works as an RN in the ICU at Lovelace Women’s Hospital in Albuquerque.