Nursing Education & Events

Book Club: Being Mortal
Saturday, December 11 2021, 9:00-11:00 am, Zoom,


Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande. Participants will receive a copy of the book then meet for a facilitated discussion.

Publisher Comments:

A compassionate look at how the medical industry currently handles aging, terminal illness, and end-of-life issues. Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming the dangers of childbirth, injury, and disease from harrowing to manageable. But when it comes to the inescapable realities of aging and death, what medicine can do often runs counter to what it should.

Through eye-opening research and gripping stories of his own patients and family, Gawande reveals the suffering this dynamic has produced. Nursing homes, devoted above all to safety, battle with residents over food they are allowed to eat and the choices they are allowed to make. Doctors, uncomfortable discussing patients’ anxieties about death, fall back on false hopes and treatments that are actually shortening lives instead of improving them.

In his bestselling books, Atul Gawande, a practicing surgeon, has fearlessly revealed the struggles of his profession. Now he examines its ultimate limitations and failures-in his own practices as well as others’-as life draws to a close. Riveting, honest, and human, Being Mortal shows how the ultimate goal is not a good death but a good life-all the way to the very end.

Atul Gawande is the author of four bestselling books: Complications, a finalist for the National Book Award; BetterThe Checklist Manifesto, and Being Mortal. He is also a surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, a staff writer for The New Yorker, and a professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. He has won the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science, a MacArthur Fellowship, and two National Magazine Awards. In his work in public health, he is Founder and Chair of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation, and Lifebox, a nonprofit organization making surgery safer globally. 

Discussion Facilitator: 

Cheryl Cooke, PhD, DNP, PMHNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She is the owner of a private practice, CookeTherapy PLLC, where she sees adults with anxiety, depression, and children with autism spectrum disorder and ADHA, as well as anxiety and depression. This year she is participating as a fellow in the Community-Based Integrated Care Fellowship with University of Washington Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Dr. Cooke’s academic research focuses on the intersections of race and health which included exploring the effects of incarceration for African American men and their families and conducting research with multiethnic and biracial families on emotion regulation in the children. She has an ongoing interest in anti-oppression and anti-racism social action and thought.

Coming to terms with aging and death offers a better understanding of what it means to live well. Cheryl is looking forward to facilitating a discussion with local nurses about this important book.

Who Should Participate: Registered Nurses

Registration Deadline:

November 22, 2021 or until full.  Register early, we have limited the attendance for this event to 50 participants in order to create a book club discussion format.


•Participants will receive a Zoom link invitation prior to the event.

•Upon evaluation submission, participants will receive a certificate of completion for 2.0 hours that meets the continuing competency requirement for license renewal in Washington State

• Books will be mailed upon registration.

Cost: KCNA Members: $20, $40 Nonmembers