Around the clock, across the country, these highly skilled and compassionate men and women sacrifice and struggle for us and our families.
You have never heard their true stories. Not like this. From big-city and small-town hospitals. From behind the scenes. From the heart.
This book will make you laugh, make you cry, make you understand.
When we’re at our worst, E.R. nurses are at their best.
James Patterson and his co-writers have brought together this compilation of over 50 E.R. Nurses from all over. As a person with empathic feelings I didn't know how I would be affected by these stories. I had this book as an audiobook ARC so I am not sure if the actual nurses dictated their own stories or if there was a series of narrators. In any case, I found the book to be a quick, riveting read.
Whether an E. R. nurse at the height of Covid in the ICU, a pediatric nurse or a flight nurse, these stories certainly evoked many emotions in me as I read. Of course. some were rather tragic, but then there were some very humorous ones as well.
As one who has been hospitalized dozens of times I felt as if I could relate to some of these nurses and their stories. One nurse, for example, Angela from New York, used signification compassion in her care (as I am sure the majority do). Just one example of many. But the underlying theme I picked up on was HOPE. Never once giving up hope, even if all that can be done is to offer a patient comfort until the very end. Then there was the nurse who came across Kavorkian. I hadn't heard that name in years. Or a nurse who unknowingly came in contact with a serial killer.
This book cemented the fact that sometimes hope is all we have and nursing is about making and preserving human connection. Lastly, the most touching part of this book is for those patients who come back and say Thank You for the care they received from nurses. This especially touched me because E. R. Nurses rarely see a patient after they leave the emergency department.
Many thanks to Little, Brown and Company for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.