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I Wasn't Strong Like This When I Started Out Audiobook

I Wasn't Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse

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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

What the Critics Say

"Beautifully written stories." (Booklist)

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    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • C Sterchele
    25/08/15
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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
  • Janet
    RALEIGH, NC, United States
    16/08/15
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    "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
  • Lain M
    orlando, fl
    30/06/16
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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!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • dachi
    20/05/16
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    "Was not able to read it"
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • janet3207
    Annapolis, MD United States
    11/07/16
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    "Compelling stories, but narration dry"

    I really loved this book, because, as the patient, as the daughter of two parents who died over months or days, and a Director of a nonclinical department who is asked to help people leverage culture and diversity in the clinical departments, I want to hear more of the nursing experience. My only observation is that the narrator spoke in clipped, controlled sentences that brought a cold tone throughout. 4/5 - good read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rachael
    georgia
    18/05/16
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    "inspiring"

    as a nurse, I now feel unalone in how I may feel about my profession

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Janet Mcbee
    17/05/16
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    "Bubley Dry"

    Each experience told, was very good! But, they all started running together at the end!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Darcie
    05/07/17
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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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  • Marlene carpentieri
    27/06/17
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lorinda Santos
    19/05/17
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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