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Critical care : a new nurse faces death, life, and everything in between / Theresa Brown.

By: Brown, Theresa.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York, NY : HarperOne, ©2011Edition: 1st HarperOne ed.Description: xiv, 200 pages ; 22 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780061791543; 0061791547.Subject(s): Brown, Theresa | Intensive care nursing -- BiographyDDC classification: 616.028
Contents:
Why the professor became a nurse -- Getting my feet wet -- First death -- Benched -- A day on the floor -- Condition A -- Openings -- Doctors don't do poop -- Switch -- Access -- Poison.
Summary: "At my job, people die," writes Theresa Brown, capturing both the burden and the singular importance of her profession. Brown, a former English professor, chronicles her first year as an R.N. in medical oncology. She illuminates the unique role of nurses in health care, giving us a moving portrait of the day-to-day work nurses do: caring for the person who is ill, not just the illness itself. Brown takes us with her as she struggles to tend to her patients' needs, both physical and emotional. Along the way, we see the work nurses do to fight for their patients' dignity, in spite of punishing treatments and an often uncaring hospital bureaucracy. We also see how caring for the seriously ill gives Brown herself a deeper appreciation of what it means to be alive. Ultimately, this is a book about embracing life, whether in times of sickness or health.--From publisher description.
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Why the professor became a nurse -- Getting my feet wet -- First death -- Benched -- A day on the floor -- Condition A -- Openings -- Doctors don't do poop -- Switch -- Access -- Poison.

"At my job, people die," writes Theresa Brown, capturing both the burden and the singular importance of her profession. Brown, a former English professor, chronicles her first year as an R.N. in medical oncology. She illuminates the unique role of nurses in health care, giving us a moving portrait of the day-to-day work nurses do: caring for the person who is ill, not just the illness itself. Brown takes us with her as she struggles to tend to her patients' needs, both physical and emotional. Along the way, we see the work nurses do to fight for their patients' dignity, in spite of punishing treatments and an often uncaring hospital bureaucracy. We also see how caring for the seriously ill gives Brown herself a deeper appreciation of what it means to be alive. Ultimately, this is a book about embracing life, whether in times of sickness or health.--From publisher description.

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Theresa Brown, R.N., received her BSN from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a regular contributor to the New York Times blog, Well and CNN.com. Theresa lives in the Pittsburgh area with her husband, Arthur Kosowsky, their three children, and their dog. Visit the author at www.theresabrownrn.com.

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