The Shift

The Shift

One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients' Lives

Book - 2015 | First edition
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Practicing nurse and New York Times columnist Theresa Brown invites readers to experience not just a day in the life of a nurse but all the life that happens in just one day on a hospital cancer ward. In her skilled hands, as both a dedicated nurse and an insightful chronicler of events, we are given an unprecedented view into the individual struggles as well as the larger truths about medicine in this country, and by the end of the shift, we have witnessed something profound about hope and healing and humanity.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781616203207
Characteristics: 256 pages ; 22 cm


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Oct 04, 2019

really makes you appreciate your nurse! Also, is a bit frightening to understand that the person that is taking care of you, often administering dangerous drugs is overworked and exhausted.

May 20, 2017

A fantastic read. Loved it.

Feb 27, 2017

I can't remember exactly where I heard of this book (maybe a podcast) but I really enjoyed it. It read like a good novel where you are right there. I've worked in hospitals as a non-medical person and have always admired nurses so much. I thought this was a wonderful window into what it's like to be a nurse for a day.

Jul 11, 2016

I read this in a day. As an oncology nurse, it read very true to me, all the details she captured very well and presented a very realistic picture of a "day in the life" of a nurse on a cancer / transplant floor. It made me both miss the work, and be glad to not be dealing with the intensely busy days anymore. But overall, it reminded me - I miss the contact with patients and colleagues - a well written book.

karcoldelharvic5 Apr 01, 2016

hopefully those who are not nurses and read this can get how hectic and frustrating hospital nursing can be. I left hospital nursing because I was given too much to do, took care of more acute patients. Lunch break---HAH. rarely happened. Lucky if you got a bathroom break.

nisedc Oct 09, 2015

I read Theresa Brown's first book, and I didn't think she explained too many acronyms, perhaps because, as a nurse for 39 years, I knew what she was talking about, but also because I am literate and read well. She's a lot less off-putting than some of the nurses she describes, who resemble people I have had the misfortune to work with.
Walk in a nurse's shoes for a day or two sometime. It'll open up your eyes. In the meantime, she is a very good writer who has obviously become a very good nurse.


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