A Nurse's Story

A Nurse's Story

Life, Death, and In-between in An Intensive Care Unit

Book - 2004
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Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2004
ISBN: 9780771080869
0771080867
Characteristics: xiii, 337 p

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JessRB
Apr 14, 2014

This book is one nurse's memoir of her career in the ICU, along with her group of friends. It is funny, serious, and (for me as an ICU RN) cathartic. I would recommend this to both nurses and non-nurses, especially those who want to know what nurses really do (hint: it's not just bedpans!)
Like several other readers, I read this book very quickly. As one of the other readers commented, it does deal with death a lot, but I think that that is because ICU nurses see a lot of death (which are often traumatic, horrible and distressing).

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sigrun19
Mar 21, 2014

A great book, and one that people should read to educate themselves about the subject, just in case you end up in one of those predicaments. Like one of the other commentators here, I read this book in a day. Not a lot of non-fiction books are page-turners, but this one is!

ser_library Jul 03, 2010

the stories kept me reading so that i finished the book in 1 day, almost in 1 sitting

the points of view of the nurses, families and doctors which are given in numerous anecdotes would, i feel, be a great starting point for discussion

i have a renewed appreciation of nurses

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allanmiller
Jun 15, 2010

I just loved this book. I don’t think it is suitable for a book group
as it is a biography and descriptive and once you get beyond that what
would you talk about, but it is a great read and very real. About a
nurse’s experience working in an ICU in Toronto.

I could not put it down (which is rare for me). Also, even though it
is written by a nurse who does not pretend to be a “professional”
writer the writing is gripping and engaging.

The only caveat is that it is graphic. If you don’t like hospitals and
medical stuff you might want to elide over some of the descriptions.

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Cabby
Nov 08, 2007

Well written but too obsessed with "do not resucitate" orders

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