CONTENTS Prologue: A Clean, Well-Lighted Place Chapter 1: 7:03 a.m. Chapter 2: Report Chapter 3: Hitting the Floor Chapter 4: Worries Chapter 5: Surgical Team C Chapter 6: Paperwork Chapter 7: No Time for Lunch Chapter 8: Duo Damsel Chapter 9: Judgment Calls Chapter 10: Faith Chapter 11: Revolving Door Chapter 12: End of Shift Afterword: Knowing the FutureAcknowledgments
The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients' Livesby Theresa Brown
Pub. Date: 09/22/2015
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
“Compelling and compassionate human drama. If you want to understand how modern medicine ticks, fasten your seat belt and spend a day in the hospital with Theresa Brown on The Shift.” —Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, author of What Doctors Feel A gripping story unfolds in real time as practicing nurse and New York Times</b>/i>/i>
“Compelling and compassionate human drama. If you want to understand how modern medicine ticks, fasten your seat belt and spend a day in the hospital with Theresa Brown on The Shift.” —Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, author of What Doctors Feel A gripping story unfolds in real time as practicing nurse and New York Times columnist Theresa Brown reveals the individual struggles as well as the larger truths about medicine in this country. She lets us experience all the life that happens in just one day in a busy teaching hospital’s oncology ward. In the span of twelve hours, lives can be lost, life-altering treatment decisions made, and dreams fulfilled or irrevocably stolen. Every day, Theresa Brown holds these lives in her hands. On this day there are four. There is Mr. Hampton, a patient with lymphoma to whom Brown is charged with administering a powerful drug that could cure him--or kill him; Sheila, who may have been dangerously misdiagnosed; Candace, a returning patient who arrives (perhaps advisedly) with her own disinfectant wipes, cleansing rituals, and demands; and Dorothy, who after six weeks in the hospital may finally go home. Prioritizing and ministering to their needs takes the kind of skill, sensitivity, and, yes, humor that enable a nurse to be a patient’s most ardent advocate in a medical system marked by heartbreaking dysfunction as well as miraculous successes. This remarkable book does for nurses what writers such as Atul Gawande and Abraham Verghese have done for doctors, and at shift’s end, we have learned something profound about hope and healing.
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I am a nurse and this is exactly how it goes every day and every night but wouldn't have it any other way!!
The Shift: One Nurse's Twelve Hours on the Hospital's Front Lines by Theresa Brown gives a birds-eye view of what it's like to be working as a hospital nurse. Brown's book is based on factual events but most events are composites drawn from her work experiences. Overall, this is a good book as it gives the reader a look at what nurses do to help their patients. Hopefully, this peek into a nurse's life will help teach patients to be a bit more understanding if their nurse may not do things exactly when they think they need something. I also liked how her book interspersed literary quotes pertinent to the topic being discussed. You can tell Brown has a degree in English as she understands prose. Recommend. Review written after downloading a galley from Edelweiss.
I felt like I was in the room with her the entire shift. Very well writen.
I'm not in the medical profession, but have been hospitalized for several surgical procedures, and found this book fascinating! I am so impressed with medical people who are able to and do empathize with their patients, thereby helping other humans with traumatic experiences. Highly recommend!