Critical Care: A New Nurse Faces Death, Life, and Everything in Between

Critical Care: A New Nurse Faces Death, Life, and Everything in Between

by Theresa Brown
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Critical Care: A New Nurse Faces Death, Life, and Everything in Between by Theresa Brown

“Among all the recent books on medicine, Critical Care stands alone.“ — Pauline Chen, author of Final Exam

“A must read for anyone who wants to understand healthcare. Extraordinary.” — Elizabeth Cohen, MPH, CNN Senior Medical Correspondent

Critical Care is the powerful and absorbing memoir of Theresa Brown—a regular contributor to the New York Times blog “Well”—about her experiences during the first year on the job as an oncology nurse; in the process, Brown sheds brilliant light on issues of mortality and meaning in our lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061999437
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/01/2010
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 13,595
Lexile: 1080L (what's this?)
File size: 300 KB

About the Author

Theresa Brown, R.N., lives and works in the Pittsburgh area. She received her B.S.N. from the University of Pittsburgh and, during what she calls her past life, a Ph.D. in English from the University of Chicago. Brown is a regular contributor to the New York Times blog "Well." Her essay "Perhaps Death Is Proud; More Reason to Savor Life" was included in The Best American Science Writing 2009 and The Best American Medical Writing 2009. Critical Care is her first book. She lives with her husband, Arthur Kosowsky, their three children, and their dog.

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Critical Care 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
LorraineNY More than 1 year ago
Everyone who ever questioned the value of the nursing profession should read this book. Theresa Brown offers insight into what a typical work day is for a nurse and how much nurses give of themselves to safely and effectively care for their patients.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a nurse i found this book easy to read & easy to relate to. It took me back to my first year in nursing. It gave me a few good laughs. Im not sure this book would be interesting if you werent a nurse or in nursing school.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had trouble putting this book down, except to pause to talk about what I'd read in it. Theresa Brown's account of her first year as a nurse on a cancer floor -- after an earlier career as an English professor -- is wonderfully written, thoughtful, poignant, funny, and enlightening. It speaks to all of us who have ever interacted with the medical system or have contemplated starting a new job. A great read!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great for anyone whi wants to pirsur a nursing career. Theresa gives her own personal accounts as well as her personal opinions on each situation. The book gives the reader great insight on what being a first year nurse is like.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!  I started out as an Oncology nurse in a Pittsburgh hospital so this could have been written by me!  It brought back so many memories of my past nursing career.  Al who are considering a nursing career should read this book!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very realisric view of rewards and frustration of nursing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will have to buy for my daughter, also a nurse, now - looking forward to Theresa's next book. Her writing in the New York Times Well blog is thought-provoking.
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