Friday, November 4, 2022

Nurse Florence: I'm Having Trouble Sleeping by Michael Dow - Book Tour & Review

Nurse Florence

The Nurse Florence® series seeks to promote science and health among children and to help increase the health literacy levels of our society. With teamwork, inclusion, faith and perseverance, we can.




Sometimes it seems only a nurse can bring technical information down to an understanding that an ordinary person can grasp. The Nurse Florence® book series provides high quality medical information that even a child can grasp. By introducing young kids to correct terminology and science concepts at an early age, we can help increase our children’s health literacy level as well as help to prepare them for courses and jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. We need more scientists so I hope that many children will enjoy this book series and consider a job involving science.

Below is the author bio, to see bios for each of the graphic designers check out the website:

My Review
Nurse Florence: I'm Having Trouble Sleeping is one of the many books in the Nurse Florence series. This story, as the title states, deals with sleep issues. As someone who suffers with sleep issues myself, I thought this book was right up my alley. Although the books are meant for kids, adults can read them too (and may need to for younger readers who struggle with big words). 
This book is about Condi, a little girl who falls asleep is class. She's sent to the nurse's office, where she and Nurse Florence discuss a variety of sleep issues (apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy, etc) and how to treat them. Nurse Florence also offers suggestions for ways to get better sleep, such as reading a book instead of watching videos on your phone or meditating to calm your mind. 
The story does offer medical terminology throughout, and while some young readers may have a hard time with the words, I do think they'll enjoy learning something new. 
It's a relatively easy to read and understand book, and I like how, even with the bigger, more scientific words, it's written in a kid-friendly way. It tackles the subject of poor sleep (for various reasons), how to get better sleep, the different stages of sleep, and includes a handy chart showing how much sleep a person needs for their age. According to the chart, someone my age needs 7-8 hours of sleep, but I'm lucky if I manage 4-5. 
I do think these are nifty little books for kids to learn more about health/medical issues as well as scientific terms for different things. They're easy to read while also being educational, and I think that's great.
4.5 stars!

Author Bio:

Michael Stephen Dow is married to Perla in Arizona and has 3 kids. Michael was on a path to attend medical school and then the events of September 11, 2001 occurred. Michael became angry at the terrorists and decided to join the US Air Force. He went through Officer Training School and then graduated specialized Navigator training to become an Electronic Warfare Officer. Michael deployed 6 times for the Global War on Terror between 2005 and 2009 with the EC-130H Compass Call mission. Michael medically retired in 2010 and then became an US Army contractor serving Wounded Warriors and ensuring they received all of their entitled benefits for 8 years.

Michael always had a love for science and the human body so he then used his GI bill to go through nursing school and graduated in August 2020. Michael now works as a Registered Nurse at an inpatient psychiatric hospital. Michael’s education is as follows: B.A. in Psychology from Auburn University in 1999, B.S. in Biology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2001, M.S. in Management from Troy University in 2010, Masters in Health Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2017, and M.S. from the University of Arizona in 2020 through its 15 month accelerated Masters Entry to the Profession of Nursing program.

Michael is the Founder and Manager of Dow Creative Enterprises, LLC. His books have garnered the Silver Nautilus Book award in 2020 (Nurse Florence, Help I’m Bleeding) and an AwardWinning Finalist in the Religion category for the 2021 International Book Awards (A Prayer to Our Father in the Heavens: Possibly the Greatest Jewish Prayer of All Time).

Michael believes we will need the best of science and religion to successfully navigate ourselves, our civilization, through the future obstacles we will face. More information can be found at and Nurse Florence® is a federally registered trademark by Dow Creative Enterprises.

The Nurse Florence® series seeks to promote science and health among children and to help increase the health literacy levels of our society. With teamwork, inclusion, faith and perseverance, we can bravely face our problems and help each other reach our better selves as well as our best collective good.


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