Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Nurses: A Year of Secrets, Drama, and Miracles with the Heroes of the Hospital by Alexandra Robbins

In this lively, fast-paced narrative, New York Times bestselling author Alexandra Robbins digs deep into the subculture of nursing, drawing readers into a brilliantly captivating in-depth investigation of the extraordinary working lives of nurses and the shocking behind-the-scenes secrets that all patients and their loved ones need to know.

The Nurses is told through the real-life stories of four women in different hospitals: Molly, funny, well-loved, and confident enough to quit a longtime job after her hospital ramps up its anti-nurse policies. Lara, a superstar nurse who tries to battle her way back from a near-ruinous prescription-drug addiction. The outspoken but compassionate Juliette, a fierce advocate for her patients. And Sam, a first-year nurse, struggling to find her way in a gossipy mean-girl climate she likens to “high school, except for the dying people.”

The result is a riveting page-turner, insightful and thought-provoking, that will leave readers feeling smarter about their healthcare and undeniably appreciative of the incredible nurses who provide it. 

Starting the book I was excited to read and see what it’s like for nurses working every day in the chaos that is their life and career. Prior to reading this book I never really thought about all the nurses that work all the time right along with the doctors. I never stopped to think about how hard the nurses work and how emotional it can be for them.

 I really enjoyed reading the different viewpoints of the nurses and getting to learn a little bit about each of them; as I finished reading about each of these people I learned how their job becomes either a small or big part of them. There were some parts in The Nurses where I laughed and other parts where I was just as mad as the nurses or where I cried as if I was the nurse having to deal with that particular situation.  

I loved how Ms. Robbins had written and put the book together. It was easy to read and the stories flowed well from one person’s story to another’s. By the end of the book I realized that the nurses are the ones who keep the doctors going and usually have to deal with the rude people more than any other medical staff. 

They do more for the patients than the doctors ever do and I feel like they should get more recognition than they do! I think The Nurses is a great way to give them some well-deserved recognition in the world. I give The Nurses and Alexandra Robbins a “10.”

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Tiffany

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