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Summary

Moving, honest and inspiring - this is a nurse’s story of life in a busy A&E department during the Covid-19 crisis.

Working in A&E is a challenging job, but nurse Louise Curtis loves it. She was newly qualified as an advanced clinical practitioner, responsible for life or death decisions about the patients she saw, when the unthinkable happened and the country was hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. The stress on the NHS was huge, and for the first time in her life, the job was going to take a toll on Louise herself.

In A Nurse’s Story she describes what happened next, as the trickle of Covid patients became a flood. And just as tragically, staff in A&E were faced with the effects of lockdown on society. They worried about their regulars, now missing, and saw an increase in domestic abuse victims and suicide attempts as loneliness hit people hard. By turns heartbreaking and heartwarming, this book shines a light on the compassion and dedication of hospital staff during such dark times.

©2020 Louise Curtis and Sarah Johnson (P)2020 Macmillan Publishers International Limited

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"An important memoir that we all need to read right now." (Closer)

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Fantastic book from the heart

This book is amazing. For someone that works in the community it was lovely to read the other side. Louise speaks with honesty and I could often place myself back when I worked in A&E.
This book gives a true insight to life as a nurse and the heartbreak faced during the pandemic.
Thank you for such an honest account ~ thank you also for keeping us safe every day.

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Covid, Covid, Covid

Dissapointed should've been titled Covid-19 a nurses story.... I wouldn't have purchased then misleading title

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One of the best books I've read!

Really enjoyed it! Already recommending it my loved ones and would listen it again and again.

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Not what I expected

It's not a story of Covid but a nurse's life overall, quite slow at times.

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Wonderful eye opener

Wonderful eye opener. Such an honest and humbling account of life in a hospital during Covid-19.
Loved Louise's dulcet tone. She must have such an amazing affect on patients with her calm manner.
I'm still gobsmacked at some peoples attitude to the pandemic. Those in denial I believe, should be held responsible for the dragging on and on. This would have been over sooner.
I owe my life to amazing hospital staff and will be forever grateful to the most wonderful nurses whom I would and did trust my life with.
Thank you NHS

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Loved this book!

I found this so interesting and gives a brilliant insight into the work of a nurse. Really helpful for aspiring nurses.

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Brilliant insight to life in A&E

I found the the stories interesting, it made me aware of things like the need for clinicians to spot abuse and to hold their own against unpleasant patients as well as handle medical emergencies.