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“If Theresa Brown tends her patients as well as she tells her story, they are lucky patients indeed. This absorbing dispatch from the front lines of medical care captures the daily travails and triumphs of nursing with humor, compassion, and sometimes terrifying immediacy.” (Julie Salamon, author of Hospital and The Devil’s Candy )
“A beautifully written account of a nurse’s first year on the wards, a medical memoir that combines lyricism and compassion with searing honesty and well-timed laugh-out-loud wit...I loved this book.” (Pauline Chen, author of Final Exam )
“Brown shows us what it means to be a nurse and helps us understand that nurses need as much intensive care as their patients. Sometimes more!” (Suzanne Gordon, author of Nursing Against the Odds )
“Critical Care is a gift from an English-teacher-turned-nurse who writes from a deeply human context about her first year in a hospital oncology ward...A book of stirring stories about how we live, care for the sick and die.” (Richard M. Cohen, author of Blindsided and Strong at the Broken Places )
“A must read for anyone who wants to understand healthcare. This extraordinary book will open your eyes to the reality of nursing. If you or your loved one ends up in the hospital, you’ll wish you had someone like Nurse Brown at your side.” (Elizabeth Cohen, MPH, CNN Senior Medical Correspondent )
“Theresa Brown’s arresting account of life on the wards offers palpable testimony that nurses are first responders and primary healers in our times of crises.” (Mehmet Oz, MD, author of YOU: The Owner's Manual health series )
"Doctors heal, or try to, but as nurses we step into the breach, figure out what needs to be done for any given patient today, on this shift, and then, with love and exasperation, do it as best as we can."—from Critical Care
"At my job, people die," writes Theresa Brown, capturing both the burden and the singular importance of her profession. Brown, a former English professor at Tufts University, chronicles here her first year as an R.N. in medical oncology. As she does so, Brown illuminates the unique role of nurses in health care, giving us a deeply moving portrait of the day-to-day work nurses do: caring for the person who is ill, not just the illness itself.
Critical Care takes us with Brown as she struggles to tend to her patients' needs, both physical (the rigors of chemotherapy) and emotional (their late-night fears). Along the way, we see the work nurses do to fight for their patients' dignity, in spite of punishing treatments and an often uncaring hospital bureaucracy. We also see how a twelve-hour day of caring for the seriously ill gives Brown herself a deeper appreciation of what it means to be alive. Ultimately, this is a book about embracing life, whether in times of sickness or health.
As she takes us into the place where patients and nurses meet, Brown shows us the power of human connection in the face of mortality. She does so with a keen sense of humor and remarkable powers of observation, making Critical Care a powerful contribution to the literature of medicine.--This text refers to the Paperback edition. See all Editorial Reviews
Very good read. I am in prenursing classes and this book really gave me insight on what to expect. Well written and touching.Published 25 days ago by NICU Nurse 21
The author does an impressive job giving her account of what a new oncology nurse experiences on the job. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lynne Scholfield
Great book. A very interesting and informative read with a personal touch. Ms. Brown lets the reader know what it's like to be a nurse while sharing her compassionate view.Published 2 months ago by Chris
I recommend this book to everyone. What an eye opening story, that contains plenty of humor.Published 4 months ago by Katie Gniadek
Well written,obviously since the author is a former English professor. Interesting but sad. My only negative comment would be that sometimes it got a little too technical with... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dina Kailer
The true story of a nurse in the critical care field. I look forward to finishing this one and seeing what I like, love, and possibly don't look forward to if I enter this field of... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sheena L. Brown
It's a good read for nursing students, although it has nothing to do with critical care nursing.Published 8 months ago by BEG
I laughed. I cried. Read it cover to cover. So many relatable moments as I thought about my mom who spent two years between the hospital and rehab and back to the hospital... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer