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Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a nurse? From a 6-time Top 10 in the USA author, this book is a collection of the most memorable moments from the careers of over sixty nurses. It covers nearly seventy years of practice from World War II to the present day. The extraordinary situations described here are the result of more than 1,000 years of hands-on bedside knowledge. The vignettes contain wisdom and insight gained the hard way, from long experience in the trenches (sometimes in actual trenches) performing tasks that range from the most humble to the most skilled. These true stories run the gamut from birth to death. They deal with everything from war, ER, ICU, to childbirth, pediatrics, adult care, surgery, home and homeless healthcare, the psych ward, oncology, the nursing home, and finally hospice. The sacrifice and service of these nurses--their courage, kindness, and determination--is breathtaking. If you've ever wanted to know what goes on behind the scenes of a hospital, you've come to the right place.

©2016 Carolyn Jourdan (P)2018 Carolyn Jourdan

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Great "read" for all nurses

I have been listening to this on my way home from my nursing job. I love to hear all the stories. Hearing it allows me to picture the situation. The narrators are wonderful! I highly recommend to all nurses and non-nurses. The stories reflect the heart of nursing!!!

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Spot on with title, couldn't do it if you didn't care.

Enjoyed the personable feeling each nurse shared with experiences. How they still care after being cold cocked across the room by a patient, lied to by families, yelled at by doctors and bladder issues caused from no time to pee. Takes a special person to tolerate so much and go the extra mile literally to help ones in need that would fall through the cracks without them. You can only hope for a nurse to respectfully handle your corpse once your time has expired. Good read.