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Publisher's Summary

I Wasn't Strong Like This When I Started Out, a collection of true narratives, reflects the dynamism and diversity of nurses who provide the first vital line of patient care. Here, nurses remember their first "sticks", first births, and first deaths and reflect on what gets them though long, demanding shifts and keeps them in the profession.

The stories reveal many voices from nurses at different stages of their careers: One nurse-in-training longs to be trusted with more "important" procedures while another questions her ability to care for nursing home residents. An efficient young emergency room nurse finds his life and career irrevocably changed by a car accident. A nurse practitioner wonders whether she has violated professional boundaries in her care for a homeless man with AIDS. And a home-care case manager is the sole attendee at a funeral for one of her patients.

What connects these stories is the passion and strength of the writers who struggle against burnout and bureaucracy to serve their patients with skill, empathy, and strength.

©2013 Creative Nonfiction Foundation (P)2015 Tantor

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"Beautifully written stories." (Booklist)

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Kept my interest

I do not work in the medical field, yet hold those that do in the highest regard. This book kept my interest. It was fascinating to hear so many nursing perspectives - from a mercy ship to pediatrics.

20 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • Janet
  • RALEIGH, NC, United States
  • 08-16-15

A nurse must read!

Great narrator, this keeps all books flowing. Good experiences, very true to the profession. from my 27 year experience. Gotta Love it😘😷

22 of 26 people found this review helpful

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Started great and I think I will be great listen but I would never know. This was little too much for me, I too faint hearted for this. Some of the stories are little hard to bear.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Exceptional compilation of nurses' stories!

I have been an RN and an NP for ten years collectively, and every one of these nurses' stories resonated with me! This compilation has inspired me during a time in my career when I'm at a loss as to what to do next. Thank you so much for sharing!!

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as an RN, I love it

as an RN, I can relate to the struggles in all of these stories. I wanted to laugh when they laugh, cry when they cried. I would recommend this to any new or old nurse.

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Stories every nursing student should hear

As a nursing student I enjoyed all of the tales of encouragement from experienced nurses.

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Review of I wasn't strong like this when I fist started

As a nurse for more than 34 yrs, I totally related to this book!
I enjoyed every minute! The stories were real & engaging

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Inspiring book for nurses!

I feel much more validated in my stresses now. Healthcare must be selfless which is taxing yet rewarding.

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I wouldn't recommend this book

The stories were okay, I wish they would have had different narrators for each story. Especially, since I didn't enjoy this narrator

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Such amazing stories!

I literally cried when this book ended! Every story chosen, is brilliant. Tavia Gilbert has a voice that sounds similar to Jane Fonda's. it is very emotional and intense and just downright spellbinding! Combine these two elements and you have an audiobook that you just don't want to end! It was worth every penny! Thank you thank you thank you audible.com for this truly memorable book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-19-17

Loved it

I really enjoyed this book. It was heartbreaking, funny and inspiring all at once. It's made me think more seriously about pursuing a career in nursing!

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