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"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 an alternate Hardcover edition.
I had trouble putting this book down. I really felt like I was right there at the hospital with the author and her patients. Read morePublished 5 days ago by SUSAN B. DEVERS
Very well written. As a new graduate nurse I am excited to start my career as an rn. Theresa provides valuable insight into the nurses role.Published 1 month ago by Natalie Looney
I always enjoy Nurse Brown's articles in the New York Times, so I purchased this book for a friend in health care... Read morePublished 1 month ago by F. Edwards
This was a pleasure to read. Odd to say such a thing given the subject matter. Really gave the flavor of what nursing entails.Published 2 months ago by colleen
Great read for Nursing Students and people who are curious about the profession. Need more books like this about Nursing and other professions.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
In personal but not overly dramatic prose, Brown takes the reader inside an oncology ward to meet sick and dying patients. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mec
So good & honest. She really captures your attention & takes you along with her daily unknown adventures she will face each day. Cancer sucks. Read morePublished 6 months ago by jennyemme
Especially students in Pittsburgh. That's where the book is based and I personally thought it was a great testimony to the ups and downs of nursing.Published 8 months ago by jackie