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Registered nurse Michael Brown has interviewed over fifty practicing nurses, spanning forty-one states and most nursing specialties. He takes you to the front lines of his profession, where split-second, life-and-death decisions are made every day by these unsung heroes of health care, who put their own lives at risk to provide support and comfort to those who need it most..
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Nurses

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Overview

Registered nurse Michael Brown has interviewed over fifty practicing nurses, spanning forty-one states and most nursing specialties. He takes you to the front lines of his profession, where split-second, life-and-death decisions are made every day by these unsung heroes of health care, who put their own lives at risk to provide support and comfort to those who need it most..


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The unsung heroes of health care at last let their voices be heard in this important addition to the bestselling true medicine list. From every area of hospital work, here are real nurses' accounts of the tensions of an inner-city emergency room, the action of a Mobile Care Unit, the tragedy of an AIDS clinic, the hope of a maternity ward, and more. Original.

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This is a wonderful, well-written book about the nursing profession and the dedicated people in it. Brown knows nursing and writes with compassion and clarity, telling it like it is. Covering mainly hospital nursing in its various departments (i.e., ER, MED/SURG, Labor & Delivery), Brown fills his book with stories of the daily ups and downs of nursing, its frustrations and satisfactions as seen and lived through the experience of real nurses, from students to veterans. He keeps medical jargon to a minimum, explaining abbreviations, slang, and acronyms in the text. Far superior to Jane Carpineto's R.N. ( LJ 1/92), Brown's book is highly recommended for both health and general collections.--Anne C. Tomlin, Auburn Memorial Hosp . Lib., N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307778321
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/13/2011
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 318
  • Sales rank: 228,358
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Author's Note ix
Introduction 1
1 "Running the Show" Extended Scope 6
2 "To Be Needed" Becoming a Nurse 27
3 "The Rubber Clause" Beginning as a Nurse 53
4 "All That Can Be Done" The Emergency Room 81
5 "A Human Crisis" Psychiatric Emergencies 108
6 "That Long Hallway" Medical-Surgical Floors 130
7 "Hopefully Some Listening" Psychiatric Floors 165
8 "The Whole Thing Right There" The Operating Room 195
9 "This Isn't K Mart" Recovery Room 205
10 "Always That Surprise" Speciality Units 222
11 "No Lack of Choices" Nursing Administration 240
12 "Right up against Life" Nurse-Midwives 249
13 "Different Responsibilities" Nurse Practitioners 266
14 "The Nature of the Work" Teaching 281
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2001

    great read

    excellent honesty about the nursing profession

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2000

    Discouraging

    I read this book in its entirety in one day. I was trying to find at least one positive thing about the nursing profession, but there was none to be found. The book described instance after instance of nurses being mistreated. I am now reconsidering my choice of a profession.

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