Echo Heron

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Echo Heron
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BornEcho Ruah Salato
Troy, New York
OccupationAuthor, Critical Care Nurse
SpouseJ. Patrick Heron (1967-1977), Steven J. Vermillion (2012-Present)
ChildrenSimon Heron

Echo Heron, born Echo Ruah Salato[1] in Troy, New York[2] is an author[3] of fiction, non-fiction, mysteries and historical fiction. She is also a critical care registered nurse and an activist for patients' and nurses' rights.[4]

Her first book, Intensive Care: The Story of a Nurse, was published by Atheneum in 1987 and quickly found a place on the New York Times' bestseller list [5]


  • Intensive Care: The Story of a Nurse (1987)
  • Condition Critical: The Story of a Nurse Continues (1994)
  • Tending Lives: Nurses On the Medical Front (1998)
  • Emergency 24/7: Nurses of the Emergency Room (2015)
  • Mooshie: Life With an Unconventional Cat (memoir) (2021)
  • Mercy (1992)
Historical fiction
  • Noon at Tiffany's: An Historical, Biographical Novel (2012)
  • Pulse (1998)
  • Panic (1998)
  • Paradox (1998)
  • Fatal Diagnosis (2000)


  1. ^ Echo Heron's official site, retrieved May 15, 2012
  2. ^ Scotia Native Echo Heron Begins Publicity Circuit As New Author, by William P. Warford; in the Schenectady Gazette; published June 12, 1987 (via Google News Archive)
  3. ^ An exclusive Revolution interview with Echo Heron. A best-selling author shines her literary light on nursing, Revolution, 1995 Summer;5(2):76-81; by Suzanne Gibson
  4. ^ Echo Heron's official FAQ, "Q: Are you still working as an RN? A: I worked my last shift in an ICU in San Francisco at the end of 1994"; posted 2010; retrieved May 15. 2012
  5. ^ A TALK with Echo Heron Archived 2008-07-24 at the Wayback Machine, at Nurseweek; by Anne Federwisch; December 5, 1997; retrieved July 6, 2011

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