The Rants, Raves and Crazy Days of an ER Nurse

Funny, True Life Stories of Medical Humor from the Emergency Room
Narrated by: Cody J. Johnson
Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (60 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Get your scrubs on, and don't forget your stethoscope. Welcome to the ER.

This book is not about life and death struggles. This book is the polar opposite. It is about the absolute, over-the-top insanity that I have witnessed during my time in the ER. This book is the untold, unseen, and unshared rants and raves of an ER nurse who has been slowly driven mad by his patients. I want you, the listener to step into my scrubs, see this bizarre world through my eyes, and understand that once you stop laughing in the ER, it's time to quit.

This book is the stupid stories that I still don't believe. It's the codes gone crazy. It's the "I can't believe you said that." It's a testament to everything an ER nurse puts up with on a day in and day out basis that most people don't know exists. It makes Scrubs, E.R., House, and all the other medical shows look like fairy tales.

As an ER nurse, I want to let the world know that when we pull that curtain and leave the room, we are laughing because let's face it, it's funny. Please don't listen to this book if you think you are going to hear about nursing at its finest. This is not Florence Nightingale's kind of nursing; this is the grit, spit, vomit and s#!t that comes with the job I love and hate so much.

©2015 Blue Llama Publishing (P)2015 Blue Llama Publishing

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interesting, but.....

Not as enchantingring as I thought. stories seemed rushed.. This is a nurse with an attitude.

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A waste........

A book anyone having watched a medical TV show could have written. Nothing even remotely interesting, insightful or funny.

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Funny, funny, and true

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

As a nurse I found the stories and situations both hysterical and true! I laughed a lot which got a lot of stares on a quiet subway train when I was listening.

What did you like best about this story?

It gives an insiders look at what an ER is like and how people really act which is both ridiculous and stunning.

Have you listened to any of Cody J. Johnson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my first listen to this reader. Did a great job bringing out the humor and emotions or the stories.

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Allergic reaction to smarmy

hey, I have a sense of humor, can appreciate sarcasm, and can roll with the punches. I thought I was embarking on pithy tales from the authors workplace-thought I would get a greater appreciation for the work my friends do.
Instead, I found myself banned to the lobby...waiting and waiting to be drawn in;
his words were experienced as kinda shallow and whiney --not unlike the patients he complained about.
I found nothing compelling about these "stories" - in fact, there seemed there were no stories of substance, just a regurgitation of job expectations shared in a way that seemed kinda bitchy.
By the time I got to "mental health, i just had to stop. Throughout the book, the author inserts disclaimers to assure the listener that he really does care & has respect for his patients. However, these declarations just serve as dropcloths for the really undignified prose and cliché he spits out thereafter. He seems more invested in championing his mother's stigmatizing views on "crazy" than to share meaningful stories that illustrate his view. you can tell a great deal about a health care provider by their use of language. He seemed more committed to describing people negatively, than sharing the experiences in a way that mattered, that made me want to know more. He barely scratched the surface, and then it was in service of himself.

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Makes fun of patients

Horrible. I tried to listen but couldn't get past half of chapter 3. He's not funny to make fun of patient care. He's sarcastic and cruel - He shouldn't be in nursing. This makes me feel judged and no more than unacceptable gossip fodder between nurses, while I writhe in bed, sick and really needing help. Also, the cover is terrible: a nurse with a beer, then a nurse/doctor pulling his hair with frustration. Finally, the big-eyed fish/girl in the front w with her mask on her neck needs to shave her mustache. Get Adam Kay's "This is Going to Hurt"!!!! THEEEE funniest and true story of a young man describing his beginner Intern years through becoming the highest level of doctor, who not only cares immensely about his patients, never makes fun of them, and he tells HILARIOUS stories about his experiences - you won't be able to stop laughing. PERFECT if you want to laugh hard enough to get a belly ache. I've listened to it 4 times and it gets funnier every time. All very short experiences that easily paints a picture in your mind, definitely doesn't drag on like this cruel "Rants..." book, which makes me never want to be a patient, lest I be judged by those in charge of my care.... and it's all true. I'm American, so usually British books turn me off, but Kay's book is super easy to understand, and again, SUPREMELY THE funniest book - on becoming an "Obs and Gynie" (obstetrics/gynecology) doctor, where he loves that he's in a department where one person comes in and goes out as two - "I'm looking at you, Geriatrics!"). Simply the BEST book I've heard in months if not years. One thing I wasn't expecting but really loved is his comparison between UK's Universal Healthcare (and private healthcare, also available in the UK), vs. our American private insurance care. It's a brief introspection of universal healthcare with valuable info. GET THAT BOOK INSTEAD, AND IT'LL TURN A BAD DAY INTO A GREAT ONE, and a good day into an unbelievably better one. I ended up immediately buying his other 2 books which is simply just a hysterical conversation with a friend (and educational too - like the name of the doctor who discovered hand-washing, and why, and what each organ does: for instance, did you know your red veins are oxygenated and move away from the heart, and your blue veins return to the heart to retrieve more oxygen?) I love the little quizzies at the end of each chapter which is totally chock full of fun facts and trivia. * The book of Kay discussing human body organs with his funny friend (Mark Watson, I think?) is jam-packed with truisms similar to the following: Smallpox is deadly to your system. However, if you've been exposed to Cowpox (a much milder illness than Smallpox) your system has already built the same antibodies; Cowpox essentially "tricks" your system into preventing Smallpox, as you already possess the antibodies - your body has become immune to Smallpox - thanks to having received Cowpox as a vaccine. [ A neat fact (this is not mentioned in the book); here's a tidbit of the kind of unique info that you'll learn from the book featuring Adam Kay and his friend Mark Watson(?): the word "vaccination" was created because Vaca means "cow" in Spanish. ] I also bought his most recent book featuring a plethora of famous people and is dedicated to the NHS,(there's a third book that's available in the US, and that totally bums me out). DON'T WASTE A CREDIT ON THIS RN/RANTS... BOOK! Seriously get Kay's "This is Going to Hurt," and/or his book with the dialogue between him and Watson. Both of those are worth, like 10 stars for each!!! *Finally, I am NOT related to Kay, nor a friend of, nor an acquaintance with, nor a patient of, nor even someone who has ever met Kay or Watson, nor any of their friends or acquaintances - or ANY British doctors for that matter. I've never even been to Europe, South America or Africa. Just your average USA citizen who has never even owned a passport. Therefore, to be clear, I have received NO compensation for writing this review. Kay's books are SO infinitely much better than this book that you're considering and for which you're here reading the reviews. You will thank me for leaving this review and encouraging you to GO AWAY from this "Rants..." book, and get "This is Going to Hurt, " by Adam Kay.

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Funny

This book was hilarious, working in ER for over 15 years makes it very relatable.

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good book, poor performer

very awkward chapter transitions. emotions hard to detect in performers voice. topic and story entertaining

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Great listen

I listened on my way to work.....RN ER, IV team. I work the swing 1-130am. I loved it, very funny and relatable! Thanks, 25+yrs RN

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Nurses life

Played this on a road trip with my family and everyone loved it. This isn't just about ER RN's. I don't care if you work on the floor or in the unit you have to put up with this stuff. Dani did what we all think of doing when you leave the patient room, go to the nurses station, look at your coworkers and say, "We've got to start writing this S@!/ down, no one would believe it". Found myself laughing and nodding along with the book.

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So real!

I've worked in an ER for several years and I could so relate to you all the things this nurse had to say. I laughed, I shook my head yes, shook my head no as I thought about all those crazy things that happen daily in every ER across the country.

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  • 03-19-19

Not NHS and medicore content

when buying I thought I was putting money towards an NHS hero, however this is actually written by an American male nurse who on more than one topic on more than one occasion says things that I just found offensive. It made me angry reading and the contents were meh from the start