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

  • True Stories of Becoming a Nurse
  • By: Lee Gutkind
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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I Wasn't Strong Like This When I Started Out

By: Lee Gutkind
Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
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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

Critic Reviews

"Beautifully written stories." (Booklist)

"Tavia Gilbert’s narration of these essays written by nurses is beautiful and profound....  Gilbert translates all the emotions, including fear, gallows humor, gratitude, and empathy." (AudioFile)

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A vivid insight into the world of nursing

A great collection of nursing stories from America and beyond that touch on different cultures and how they come into play in the nursing world. The narrator’s tone and pitch could have been better as the stories almost merged into one and each story as recollected by a different nurse was narrated in the same manner. Maybe even having two narrators taking turns would have been better.

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Loved this!

A great insight to the nursing profession! Very much enjoyed hearing these women’s stories. Highly recommend.

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Loved it

This was a great collection of nursing stories and I would recommend it to nursing students to gain further insight into the industry.

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beautifully written, great narrator

i would buy this audiobook again. it was perfect. great collection of nursing stories. 5 star

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beautiful

as a new RN I heavily enjoyed this read with a bit of everything you can't go wrong with this read

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