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Publisher's Summary

They save our lives every day, and we’ve never heard their stories.  The life-or-death intensity of working on the front lines, from America’s greatest unsung heroes.

"The compassion, the work ethic, and the selflessness of nurses...are given the respect they deserve and captured beautifully here." (Sanjay Gupta, MD, neurosurgeon and chief medical correspondent, CNN)

"James Patterson's account of the twilight world between life and death that nurses inhabit is one of the most moving things I have ever read." (Sebastian Junger, author of Freedom and The Perfect Storm)

Around the clock, across the country, these highly skilled and compassionate men and women sacrifice and struggle for us and our families. 

You have never heard their true stories. Not like this. From big-city and small-town hospitals. From behind the scenes. From the heart.  

This book will make you laugh, make you cry, make you understand. 

When we’re at our worst, E.R. nurses are at their best.

©2021 James Patterson (P)2021 Little, Brown & Company

Critic Reviews

“As a trauma neurosurgeon, I have witnessed the compassion, the work ethic, and the selflessness of our nurses in countless situations. They save our lives every day and represent the true life blood of any hospital. Their stories are given the respect they deserve and are captured beautifully in E.R. Nurses.” (Sanjay Gupta, MD, neurosurgeon and chief medical correspondent, CNN)

"James Patterson's account of the twilight world between life and death that nurses inhabit is one of the most moving things I have ever read. In their own bullet-straight words, these heroes describe the pain, the love, and the brutally hard work of trying to save people's lives. I could not stop reading it and when I was done I felt like I was changed forever." (Sebastian Junger, author of Freedom, Tribe, War, Fire, and The Perfect Storm)

E.R. Nurses captures the beating heart of nursing: the lives lost and saved, the hard tragedies and unbelievable miracles, and how every day nurses show up, give their all for patients, and then do it over and over and over again, all while holding onto their empathy and humanity. Readers will be stunned and moved by this no-holds-barred portrait of nurses' essential and deeply meaningful work.” (Theresa Brown, PhD, RN, author of the New York Times best seller The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients' Lives)

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Nursing

Being a retired ICU nurse, I could relate to most of these situations. It had me laughing to think that others had similar experiences. I think this would be a great required ready in nursing school.

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E. R. Nurses - About dedicated people giving more than should be hoped for

An outstanding gathering of individuals whose lives have been dedicated to the betterment of society.

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Make a difference?

If you have ever considered a career as a EMT, Paramedic, or Nurse, this is the book to listen to.
I hope it will urge you to seriously think about these career choices and maybe it will help you make the decision that will change your life and the lives of people to treat.

To all of the EMT’s, Paramedics, Medics and nurses,
Thank you so very much for all you do.

God Bess You All.

This book is dedicated to all of the ppl who told their story and kept me spellbound. 💕

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Beautiful tribute

This is a beautiful kind tribute to nurses and first responders. Happiness and heart strings are tugged.
I didn’t want it to end.

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Not a story

Not what I was expecting . I was expecting a story not a bunch of nurses memories. Wish I would have saved my money.

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wish it were longer

I was surprised when it ended. I felt like it should have been longer. Good stories. I can definitely relate to most of them

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More Covid Drama

This book is more Covid drama. If you want something uplifting and/or interesting, get a different book.

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Fantastic!!!!!!!!

Absolutely LOVED it!!! I've been looking for a book like this for a very long time. Well worth the wait 🙂

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Rather tame

When I bought this I thought it was going to be more Covid centric and focus on the rapidly changing policies and forced layoffs that so many nurses had to endure.
Overall everything was fine. I’m sure this is quite thrilling to non-medical personnel that read this book. When certain things are mentioned like “I found a knife in a patient’s jacket “I wonder if I’m supposed to feel a sense of dread. I have had a patient with a neck between their teeth jump on top of people drooling in my face trying to recite the Pledge of Allegiance through a closed mouth. Most of the story seemed tame in some of these anecdotes are just downright illegal and I hope the nurses names have been changed so that they don’t get fired. One that particularly comes to mind is the nurse that was chasing down the psych patient as they were running to the hospital, that is so blatantly against all procedures and they are supposed to call security, I am having trouble finding sympathy for the nurse when he was successfully attacked by the patient.
I generally like James Patterson books but I think I will stick with his fiction.

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nurses are warriors of our time.

the stories of great joy and sadness out into perspective how truly amazing the calling is to be a nurse

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