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  • The Nurses

  • A Year of Secrets, Drama, and Miracles with the Heroes of the Hospital
  • By: Alexandra Robbins
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Robbins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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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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Nursing study here:

Really great book. It is a great balance of the personal and professional aspects of nurses lives and shows how they intertwine. Filled with well referenced facts about the profession too!

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