The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients' Lives
ISBN: 1616206020
EAN13: 9781616206024
Language: English
Pages: 272
Dimensions: 1.00" H x 8.00" L x 5.00" W
Weight: 1.00 lbs.
Format: Paperback
Book Overview
Practicing nurse and New York Times columnist Theresa Brown invites us to experience a day in the life of a nurse working on a hospital's busy cancer ward. In the span of twelve hours, patients' lives can be lost, life-altering medical treatment decisions made, and dreams fulfilled or irrevocably stolen. Brown gives an unprecedented view into individual struggles as well as larger truths about medicine in this country, hope, healing, and humanity.
Editor Reviews
From the Back Cover A wonderfully told story of the life-and-death reality of a hospital . . . . . . Theresa Brown helps us understand the dramas and the dangers as the beautifully evocative stories of nurses and doctors, patients and family members, overlap and entwine during a twelve-hour shift. --Perri Klass, MD, author of Treatment Kind and Fair: Letters to a Young Doctor Practicing nurse and New York Times columnist Theresa Brown invites us to experience not just a day in the life of a nurse but all the life that happens in just one day on a busy teaching hospital's cancer ward. In the span of twelve hours, lives can be lost, life-altering treatment decisions made, and dreams fulfilled or irrevocably stolen. Unfolding in real time--under the watchful eyes of this dedicated professional and insightful chronicler of events-- The Shift gives an unprecedented view into the individual struggles as well as the larger truths about medicine in this country. By shift's end, we have witnessed something profound about hope and humanity. Meticulous, absorbing . . . Stands out for its honesty, clarity, and heart. [Brown] juggles the fears, hopes, and realities of a twelve-hour shift in a typical urban hospital with remarkable insight and unflagging care. Her memoir is a must-read. -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) Riveting . . . Should be required reading for all incoming medical and nursing students--or anyone who is a patient or visitor in a hospital. --Pittsburgh Post-Gazette What makes Brown's story shine are the touching and sometimes bizarre moments that make real life in a hospital stranger than fiction. --The Boston Globe An empathetic and absorbing narrative as riveting as a TV drama. --Kirkus Reviews Captures perfectly [a nurse's] central role in any patient's life. --Susan Love, MD, author of Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book
From the front Cover A wonderfully told story of the life-and-death reality of a hospital . . . . . . Theresa Brown helps us understand the dramas and the dangers as the beautifully evocative stories of nurses and doctors, patients and family members, overlap and entwine during a twelve-hour shift. --Perri Klass, MD, author of Treatment Kind and Fair: Letters to a Young Doctor Practicing nurse and New York Times columnist Theresa Brown invites us to experience not just a day in the life of a nurse but all the life that happens in just one day on a busy teaching hospital's cancer ward. In the span of twelve hours, lives can be lost, life-altering treatment decisions made, and dreams fulfilled or irrevocably stolen. Unfolding in real time--under the watchful eyes of this dedicated professional and insightful chronicler of events-- The Shift gives an unprecedented view into the individual struggles as well as the larger truths about medicine in this country. By shift's end, we have witnessed something profound about hope and humanity. Meticulous, absorbing . . . Stands out for its honesty, clarity, and heart. [Brown] juggles the fears, hopes, and realities of a twelve-hour shift in a typical urban hospital with remarkable insight and unflagging care. Her memoir is a must-read. -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) Riveting . . . Should be required reading for all incoming medical and nursing students--or anyone who is a patient or visitor in a hospital. --Pittsburgh Post-Gazette What makes Brown's story shine are the touching and sometimes bizarre moments that make real life in a hospital stranger than fiction. --The Boston Globe An empathetic and absorbing narrative as riveting as a TV drama. --Kirkus Reviews Captures perfectly [a nurse's] central role in any patient's life. --Susan Love, MD, author of Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book