Critical Care

Critical Care

A New Nurse Faces Death, Life, and Everything in Between

Book - 2010
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An oncology nurse and New York Times columnist discusses her first year on the job, during which her patients taught her that there is much to learn about mortality and the meaning of life.

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“Among all the recent books on medicine, Critical Care stands alone.“ — Pauline Chen, author of Final Exam

“A must read for anyone who wants to understand healthcare. Extraordinary.” — Elizabeth Cohen, MPH, CNN Senior Medical Correspondent

Critical Care is the powerful and absorbing memoir of Theresa Brown—a regular contributor to the New York Times blog “Well”—about her experiences during the first year on the job as an oncology nurse; in the process, Brown sheds brilliant light on issues of mortality and meaning in our lives.



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"Among all the recent books on medicine, Critical Care stands alone."---Pauline W. Chen, M. D., Author Of Final Exam

"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

"Critical Care is a gift from an English-professor-turned-nurse who writes from a deeply human context about her first year in a hospital oncology ward. Nurse Theresa Brown has given us a book of stirring stories about how we live, care for the sick, and die. Fasten your seat belts and get ready for a memorable read."---Richard M. Cohen, Author Of Blindsided And Strong at the Broken Places

"A must-read for anyone who wants to understand health care. 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, M.P.H., CNN Senior Medical Correspondent

"Why do nurses matter? Why do we---as a society---need to nurture R.N.S? How can we keep smart, feisty nurses at the bedside over the long term? To find out the answers to all these critical questions and more, read Theresa Brown's new book, Critical Care."---Suzanne Gordon, Author Of Nursing Against The Odds

"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, chronicales 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.

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"At my job, people die," writes Theresa Brown, capturing both the burden and the singular importance of her profession. Brown, a former English professor, chronicles her first year as an R.N. in medical oncology. She illuminates the unique role of nursesin health care, giving us a moving portrait of the day-to-day work nurses do: caring for the person who is ill, not just the illness itself. Brown takes us with her as she struggles to tend to her patients' needs, both physical and emotional. 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 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.--From publisher description.
An oncology nurse and New York Times columnist discusses her first year on the job, during which her patients taught her that there is much to learn about mortality and the meaning of life. A first book. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York, NY : HarperStudio, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061791550
0061791555
9780061791543
0061791547
Branch Call Number: 616.025 B815c
Characteristics: xi, 189 p. ; 22 cm

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