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Publisher's Summary

Nursing is more than a career; it's a calling and one of the most important, fascinating, and dangerous professions in the world. As the frontline responders battling traumas, illnesses, and aggression from surprising sources, nurses are remarkable. Yet contemporary literature largely neglects them.

In The Nurses, New York Times best-selling author and award-winning journalist Alexandra Robbins peers behind the staff-only door to write a lively, fast-paced story and a riveting work of investigative journalism. Robbins followed real-life nurses in four hospitals and interviewed hundreds of others in a captivating audiobook filled with joy and violence, miracles and heartbreak, dark humor and narrow victories, gripping drama and unsung heroism.

Alexandra Robbins creates sympathetic, engaging characters while diving deep into their world of controlled chaos - the hazing ("nurses eat their young"); sex (not exactly like on TV, but it happens more often than you think); painkiller addiction (disproportionately a problem among the best and brightest); and bullying (by doctors, patients, and others). The result is a riveting story possessing all the twists and turns of a brilliantly told narrative - and a shocking, unvarnished examination of our health care system.

©2015 Alexandra Robbins (P)2016 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"...a detailed, sympathetic, and eye-opening portrait of how nurses work, deal with stresses, and fulfill their mission of serving patients.... An insightful perspective on the realities of crucial health care providers." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"A funny, intimate & often jaw-dropping account of life behind the scenes." ( People)
"After interviewing hundreds, Robbins narrowed her focus to the personal narratives of four nurses.... Their stories are compelling in every way." ( BookPage)

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True life nursing

I really enjoyed this book. As an ER nurse myself, I could relate so much with the characters from beginning to end. I do hope non-nurses read this book, along with nursing management. It summarizes much of the pitfalls to the profession and even gives suggestions as to how to improve things. It's also a magnificent book for nursing students. It certainly will help prepare them for the trenches! Lastly, we ER nurses do put things into perspective, it's how we cope. Having that bond with other nurses should be treasured and this book reminded me of this.
The one chapter that just didn't grasp my attention was about doctor bullying...maybe it's more of an OR/medsurg problem? Interesting none the less.

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Mostly on Point

What made the experience of listening to The Nurses the most enjoyable?

I am a nurse, so I am able to relate to many of the stories and scenarios. The focus is on emergency department care, which is a very specific nursing discipline.

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Note to readers and author. Please don't use the term "MURSE". Men who are nurses are not Murses. They are Nurses. Nobody says Murse. I think maybe the author heard it said one or two times in her life and thought it was a standard. It is not. Murse is just stupid.

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Good insight on nursing

Nursing is hard and I definitely enjoyed someone telling the truth instead of brushing things over.

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Well researched and exquisitely written..

Well researched and exquisitely written.. alot of research in beginning but found myself laughing few chapters in.. what a book.. the struggle of nurse's and their success..inspired me to change and believe in changes in myself, thank you

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What I’ve lived fir 32 years

If you are a nurse, love a nurse, know a nurse, manage nurses,are a hospital administrator or think you may one day need a nurse, then you need to read or listen to this book.

The stories and the statistics speak volumes to how important nurses are to reduce/prevent patient harm and how staffing for what-if actually saves money. One of the facts presented in this book is that the the money a hospital system spends on nursing salaries is 99% recoverable through savings in harm reduction plus several other factors.

Nurses are not respected but are held accountable for everything. Read this book. You will see the truth. Once you do, you as the consumer can add your voice to the outcry for better ucç

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Great for understanding!

My wife is a registered nurse and many times I’m not able to understand a lot of her struggles. This book helps me gain a lot of understanding about the life she lives when we’re not together

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Excellent information

This is a book that shares the personal side of nursing and professional challenges. It has given me information to use next time I or a family member is in the RR. I will always make sure I thank those who have helped and send notes of gratefulness to the appropriate supervisors for those who positively impacted our care. Thanks for an excellent book.

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So good!

I am an aspiring nurse so I thought it would be a good idea to get in the mind of one and see what it is like to become a nurse and this book helped with that exactly! I am very happy I read this book because it gave me such a good insight of what nurses do and go through, I will definitely appreciate my nurses more!

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Amazing!

True to life scenarios and situations in the life of a nurse. I totally connected with this uplifting read with many personal parallels . Will definitely re-listen and recommend to ALL of my nursing family.

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Too many details??

I loved the stories of the personal experiences but not the research so much. I'm sure a real nurse would appreciate the details of the studies and surveys and the tips on where to find help for a variety of issues. This would be a good book for anyone considering nursing as a career.

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Great book for nurses and non-nurses. Being a nurse isn't a easy task and this book tells the listeners/readers why.