Condition Critical: The Story of a Nurse Continues [NOOK Book]

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With her trademark wit and razor-sharp sensibilities, Echo Heron, the critical care nurse whose New York Times bestseller, Intensive Care, gives readers an intimate view into the emotional and often shocking world behind the closed doors of a hospital, now returns to Redwoods Memorial Hospital.
Set amid the chaos of code blues and hospital politics, Condition Critical is the continuing story of a nurse: the intimate stranger who is sister, ...
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Condition Critical: The Story of a Nurse Continues

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Overview

With her trademark wit and razor-sharp sensibilities, Echo Heron, the critical care nurse whose New York Times bestseller, Intensive Care, gives readers an intimate view into the emotional and often shocking world behind the closed doors of a hospital, now returns to Redwoods Memorial Hospital.
Set amid the chaos of code blues and hospital politics, Condition Critical is the continuing story of a nurse: the intimate stranger who is sister, mother, confessor and healer.
As bootleg copies of Intensive Care send shock waves through the staff lounges, Echo Heron tackles the daily disorder of caring for patients in a large city hospital. She walks that perpetual tightrope of stress, bureaucratic idiocy, and everyday disasters caused by understaffing, and pressure from the hospital administration.
She fleshes out patient vignettes in ways that stay in one’s memory. She will make readers laugh and cry with this often shocking look a life in the trenches: The infamous “haunted” room 5/6. Nights in ER spent tending stabbing and shooting traumas, freak accidents and child abuse. Then there are the patients themselves: the schizophrenic convict who must recover in time for his execution, the house painter with a broken neck who defies all odds to walk again, a fellow nurse who is brutally beaten in his own apartment, an elderly Asian woman trying to bind herself into invisibility.
In Condition Critical, Echo Heron shines a probing light on the myriad roles of the nurse: those extraordinary humans who are rich in the gifts of healing and the wisdom which flows through the heart—compassion.

With her trademark wit and razor-sharp sensibilities, Heron continues the story of a nurse--that intimate stranger who is sister, mother, confessor and healer--and her patients and co-workers--a convict recovering in time for his execution, a gay male nurse who is beaten and an Asian woman trying to bind herself into invisibility.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a sequel to Intensive Care, critical-care nurse Heron continues her bold critique of life in an unnamed San Francisco hospital and describes her struggles as a burned-out single parent. July
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781938439940
  • Publisher: HeronQuill Press
  • Publication date: 3/13/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 395
  • Sales rank: 139,313
  • File size: 641 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2003

    THE BEST BOOK I EVER READ ABOUT NURSING!!!

    I HAVEN'T READ ANY OF HER OTHER BOOKS YET. CONDITION CRITICAL WAS A REAL EYE OPENER. IT TELLS YOU ABOUT THE LIVES OF R.N.S AND DOCTORS. THE GUTS AND GLORY OF THE HOSPITAL WHICH 'NORMAL PEOPLE' DON'T SEE. IM GOING TO BE A R.N., SO THIS BOOK HELPED ME KNOW WHAT IM UP AGAINST. THE BEST PART OF THE BOOK WAS THAT ECHO STOOD UP FOR WHAT SHE BELIEVED IN!!! ECHO IS A VERY TALENTED WRITER AND THE TRUE INSPRATION TO ME!!!!

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