The Nurses

The Nurses

A Year of Secrets, Drama, and Miracles With the Heroes of the Hospital

eBook - 2015
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Nursing is more than a career; it is a calling, and one of the most important, fascinating, and dangerous professions in the world. As the frontline responders battling traumas, illnesses, and aggression from surprising sources, nurses are remarkable. Yet contemporary literature largely neglects them. In THE NURSES, New York Times bestselling author and award-winning journalist Alexandra Robbins peers behind the staff-only door to write a lively, fast-paced story and a riveting work of investigative journalism. Robbins followed real-life nurses in four hospitals and interviewed hundreds of others in a captivating book filled with joy and violence, miracles and heartbreak, dark humor and narrow victories, gripping drama and unsung heroism. Alexandra Robbins creates sympathetic, engaging characters while diving deep into their world of controlled chaos, the hazing ("nurses eat their young"); sex (not exactly like on TV, but it happens more often than you think); painkiller addiction (disproportionately a problem among the best and brightest); and bullying (by doctors, patients, and others). The result is a page-turner possessing all the twists and turns of a brilliantly told narrative, and a shocking, unvarnished examination of our healthcare system. THE NURSES is a must-read both for the general public, who will learn hospital secrets that could save their own or a loved one's life, and for nurses, who will proudly share the book as a rallying cry for support and celebration.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Workman Publishing Company, [2015]
Copyright Date: 015
ISBN: 9780761184232
Branch Call Number: 362.173 Ro
Description: 1 online resource (304 pages)
Additional Contributors: Freading (Firm)


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May 19, 2017

Nurses are heroes. They have to deal with office politics, long shifts and many other obstacles besides providing good care to patients. This book does a good job of showing how difficult it is for health care professionals to simply do their jobs.

The only thing I did not like about this book is that it is written through characters representing real people. It made the book seem fictionalized ( I know that it is not!) I would have been more comfortable with an interview-type book.

Jan 15, 2016

Good for any nurses for commiserating. And good to get an insider's view of the profession and of the new medical world including the how government plays a huge part.

Aug 05, 2015

I always thought i appreciated nurses but this is quite an eye opener. I don't know how they do it all and it sounds like very little support from employers, coworkers(especially doctors), and difficult patients. I will assuredly be more appreciative in the future.

May 14, 2015

A must read for all nurses! As well as those who are studying to become a nurse or want to/working in health care.

ChiPubLib_Adults May 08, 2015

This nonfiction portrait of a group of hard-working ER nurses is a great way to celebrate an invaluable profession during National Nurses Week or any time year-round.


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May 14, 2015

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