Tending Lives: Nurses on the Medical Front

Tending Lives: Nurses on the Medical Front

by Echo Heron
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Tending Lives: Nurses on the Medical Front by Echo Heron

As the healthcare debate rages on with the growth of the HMO industry, nurses quietly continue to provide the day-to-day grit and deeply-felt passion that hold the healing profession together. Within these remarkable women and men are poignant, outrageous stories drawn from the edge of life. But fear of career backlash and reprisals have made them reluctant to talk to outsiders about their experience. Now Echo Heron, New York Times bestselling author of Intensive Care, draws truths far stranger than fiction out of her colleagues--and allows the nurses to speak to us in their own words.

Ranging from inspiring to tragic to outrageously funny, these narratives are real life medical dramas as experienced by nurses across the country--each practicing in a variety of specialties, including cardiac care, labor and delivery, burns, the ER--even a nurse who works in dolphin care.

Tending Lives portrays a penitentiary nurse responsible for orchestrating a murderer's execution; a stroke victim who rose out of his depression when his nurses began telling him jokes; and, perhaps the most riveting testimony, the moment-by-moment memories of several nurses who served in the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing--gripping accounts that give us new perspectives on the horror and heroism of that nightmare day.

Pediatric nurses, psychiatric nurses, home-care nurses, intensive care nurses--all with distinct voices and unique stories to tell. Filled with both tears and laughter, and charged with the issues that afflict nursing care today, Tending Lives is a gripping, moving, inspiring book, a fitting tribute to a noble profession.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307560537
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/04/2009
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 174,855
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Echo Heron is the author of the bestselling Intensive Care: The Story of a Nurse; Condition Critical: The Story of a Nurse Continues; and the medical thrillers Pulse, Panic, and Paradox. She was a critical-care nurse in the San Francisco Bay Area for eighteen years and is a spokesperson for nurses and patients' rights. Ms. Heron and her cat, Mooshie, currently reside in California.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nurses from many different specialties share their experiences through Echo Heron's impressive ability to portray emotion through words. I laughed, I cried, and I developed a sense of pride in being a nurse thanks to the stories of pure heroism in this book. I've read my copy to tatters, and I've bought many more copies for colleagues and new nurses I've mentored. You can't go wrong with this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tending Lives is an outstanding read. It is an emotional roller coaster full of passion from nurses in different fields. I myself am pursuing a career in the health profession, and this book motivated me even more to pursue my goals. Heron¿s writing keeps the reader on their toes at every moment, and she tugs at the reader¿s heart strings. I would recommend this book to nurses and future nurses. However, I think the everyday reader would enjoy this book as well. As a reader, I could feel the passion that Heron felt while writing this book. Through her descriptive writing, it is easy to see that nursing is way more than just a profession ¿it is a calling¿.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Love this book! I have bought many copies to give as gifts for graduating nurses and cant help but read it over and over again. The stories alternate between sad and hysterical- but they are all just great. Treat yourself, you wont be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because I have read many of her other books, that I also very much enjoyed. This book I loved so much! It is filled with so many emotional stories. I cried about 90% of the time. Being an EMT myself I could relate. It was wonderful and I highly suggest this book in the medical field, anyone wanting to be in the medical field, or anyone that just enjoys a great, heartfelt story or should I say stories. Read this book. You will not regret it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago