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Intensive Care: The Story of a Nurse

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This is a nurse's story unlike any other, because Echo Heron is a very special nurse. Dedicated to healing and helping in the harshest environments, she spent ten years in emergency rooms and intensive care units. Her story is unique, penetrating, and unforgettable. Her story is real.
"Compelling reading."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Echo Heron fainted after giving her first injection; 10 years later, she ...

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Overview

This is a nurse's story unlike any other, because Echo Heron is a very special nurse. Dedicated to healing and helping in the harshest environments, she spent ten years in emergency rooms and intensive care units. Her story is unique, penetrating, and unforgettable. Her story is real.
"Compelling reading."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Echo Heron fainted after giving her first injection; 10 years later, she was an experienced R.N., easing the last hours of a beloved cancer victim. Here is her story of her years in a major San Francisco hospital--where only a sense of humor and an indomitable spirit helped her survive.

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To be forced to prolong the life of a hopelessly ill, sometimes brain-dead patient is the most draining nursing situation, stresses Heron, an RN who recounts in dramatic detail her training and 10 years in the emergency and acute coronary care units of a San Francisco Bay Area hospital. The characters and lives of patientssome of them composite portraitsare fleshed out with melodramtic dialogue and novelistic touches, but the descriptions of the various cases, the constant state of crisis pervading the emergency room and the tense atmosphere of the acute care unit ring true. Most gripping is Heron's account of her own son's brush with death, and her burnout from physical and emotional exhaustionhealed by a return to her roots in Upstate New York and a laying of childhood ghosts. Literary Guild and Doubleday book clubs selections. (June 16)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804102513
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1988
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 372
  • Sales rank: 369,947
  • Product dimensions: 4.19 (w) x 6.74 (h) x 1.06 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2007

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    If you're a nurse, you can relate to Echo 100%! I almost felt like she was talking about some of my own experiences....from the care plans in school, instructors, co- workers, docs and patients to the family members! I worked nights in ICU for 8 years so I totally related. Echo writes with incredible sensitivity. A MUST read! I loved every page!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2009

    Good Read

    I read this book so long ago I can harldy remember. I do remember that I enjoyed it and it had a lot of interesting information. Definately good for nursing students and people interested in the medical field.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2007

    Couldn't put it down...

    As a new graduate nurse, I have to say that this is one of the best non-text books that I have read in a long time. It is truthful and straight to the point in relating nursing stories and what we have to go through to become nurses. I would recommend this book to anyone - not just nurses.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2007

    Very True

    I am a nursing student working on my LPN at this time. I read this book last year and could not believe that nurses so long ago went through the same things we go through now! Great book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2009

    Boring!

    Could not keep much interest in this book. It has a few interesting pages but a couple of good pages out of 372 pages was not worth me reading IMO.
    The author seemed more into tooting her own horn with every chapter. That being said she does seem to have compassion for her patients.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2001

    Outstanding Realism at its best

    I am an EMT/LPN and just finished advanced training where I worked in a major Military Hospital for 3 months of clinical experience. Nurse Heron writing remind me of many experiences that I too experienced working in the CCU and ER - some a bit to vividly for my emotions. This is a must read for anyone who desires to be a nurse or work in the medical area of Critical Care.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2000

    AN OUTSTANDING BOOK!

    I am a nursing student that has had this book for many years and I find myself still rereading it on average of 5 times a year. Parts of this book make me laugh, parts of it make me cry! But all of it reinforces what special people nurses truly are. Echo Heron is a fantastic author with an absolute gift for words. READ THIS BOOK!

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