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

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  • Van
  • 13-06-16

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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  • Michael
  • 29-03-17

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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  • Susan
  • 03-03-17

Good insight on nursing

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

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  • Andrey Borul
  • 28-09-16

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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  • M. Murphy
  • 23-09-17

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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  • Danielle
  • 15-08-17

Great book

As a second year nursing student this book was incredibly terrifying yet inspiring to listen too. I loved every second of it and can't wait to add those two extra letters after my name!!

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  • Mariah L.
  • 10-07-17

a greater respect and appreciation

a great inside to the world of nurses although a bit redundant at times. this would be great for spouses and or family of nurses

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  • Jerri
  • 10-05-17

Borrrrr-ing!

All about statistics and bad, rude doctors. I was looking for stories about patient-nurse encounters, like the title suggests, not how nurses are mistreated by everyone. Cannot even finish!

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  • Bubbie Boy
  • 10-03-17

Fun read for nurses

lived listening to this audio on my commute. great stories of true nurse's lives. encouraging and uplifting

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