The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients' Lives

The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients' Lives Review

In a book as eye-opening as it is riveting, practicing nurse and New York Times columnist Theresa Brown invites us to experience not just a day in the life of a nurse but all the life that happens in just one day on a hospital’s cancer ward. In the span of twelve hours, lives can be lost, life-altering medical treatment decisions made, and dreams fulfilled or irrevocably stolen. In Brown’s skilled hands--as both a dedicated nurse and an insightful chronicler of events--we are given an unprecedented view into the individual struggles as well as the larger truths about medicine in this country, and by shift’s end, we have witnessed something profound about hope and healing and humanity.

Every day, Theresa Brown holds patients' lives in her hands. On this day there are four. There is Mr. Hampton, a patient with lymphoma to whom Brown is charged with administering a powerful drug that could cure him--or kill him; Sheila, who may have been dangerously misdiagnosed; Candace, a returning patient who arrives (perhaps advisedly) with her own disinfectant wipes, cleansing rituals, and demands; and Dorothy, who after six weeks in the hospital may finally go home. Prioritizing and ministering to their needs takes the kind of skill, sensitivity, and, yes, humor that enable a nurse to be a patient’s most ardent advocate in a medical system marked by heartbreaking dysfunction as well as miraculous success.



 

Title:The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients' Lives

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  • Carolyn

    Where would we be without Nurses in our hospitals? Those wonderful, dedicated caregivers who take time to not only change dressings and deal out pills but to give comfort and solace in difficult times...

  • Laura

    A valuable insight into the rollercoaster career of nursing. I enjoyed this medical memoir detailing oncology nurse Teresa over the course of just one shift, the highs and lows. As a nurse myself, alb...

  • Mmars

    I have been in the care of nurses whose days mirrored those in this book and I grew to appreciate them in a way I never would have otherwise. Theresa Brown takes readers step-by-step through her day f...

  • Jim

    3.5 stars, but rounded up because it was a great look at a day in the life of a nurse. There was just too much repetition & nurses were shined to perfection. She never lost her empathy nor did any of ...

  • Jeanette

    This would be an illuminating book for any person who has some desire to possibly do RN-BSN hospital nursing. It's not unusual to do 12 hour shifts, usually 3 or 4 per week. It's well written, ironica...

  • Cheryl

    Theresa Brown has a PhD in English, and had been teaching college English at Tufts University. After her children were born, she decided to change careers so she enrolled in university where she recei...

  • Lisa Mills

    As a nurse I had high expectations for this book. I did not find it very interesting. It went into minute detail where I did not need any explanation whatsoever. This book is only a very small window ...

  • Barbara (The Bibliophage)

    Full review at TheBibliophage.comI read The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients Lives by Theresa Brown, RN as an audiobook. I love listening to memoirs, since it feels like I'm having a long...

  • Rachel

    Somebody, or the Internet, whichever, told me about this book. But...it is not very good. It is hard to imagine how a book about a hospital, where there are millions of life or death decisions made ev...

  • Ruthanne Davis

    Wonderful! As a nurse, I moved this book to the top of my "TBR" list as soon as I read the synopsis.Our heroine (and this is non-fiction, btw) is a 45 y.o. RN who lives in PA and rides her bike to her...