The Nurses : A Year of Secrets, Drama, and Miracles with the Heroes of the Hospital
Nursing is more than a career; it is 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 bestselling author and award winning journalist Alexandra Robbins peers behind the staff only door to write a lively, fast paced story and a riveting work on investigative journalism. Robbins followed real like nurses in four hospitals and interviewed hundreds of others in a captivating book filled with joy and violence, miracles and heartbreak, dark humour 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); bullying (by doctors, patients and others).
The result is a page turner possessing all the twists and turns of a brilliantly told narrative and a shocking, unvarnished examination of our health care system.