Nurses

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9780345388933: Nurses

From its gripping first page to its uplifting last, Nurses captures all the crisis, chaos, and craziness at the front lines of a big-city hospital and women's clinic. Funny, heart-wrenching, and always entertaining, Nurses opens the door to the lives of dedicated healers whose stories instantly become as real as our own.
Marty Lamb is a smart, savvy nurse practitioner who is director of New York's first and only nurse-run inner-city clinic, the Community Care Clinics of All Souls Women's Hospital. Heading a staff of tough, tenacious nurses, she wages the daily fight to keep the clinic running--battling administrators, executive committees, and doctors who'd rather see nurses be silent, submissive, and sexually available. And all the while Marty must help make the hard medical choices--about high-risk pregnancies, drug addicts with AIDs, and premature babies--that come with serving a poor community.
As the worse heat wave in years hits Manhattan, things are reaching the boiling point at CCC. Rumors that the hospital is being sold fuels tension as nurses pull double shifts, doctors demand less time for more money, and an inspection by the board of hospital accreditors threatens to close down the clinic. But Marty's problems are just beginning: someone is tampering with their lab tests, her best nurse has developed an addiction to painkillers, and vicious poison pen letters--from someone who seems to know everyone's deepest, darkest secrets--has the staff walking a razor's edge.
At the same time, Marty's private life seems to be on a high-speed collision course with disaster. Her schizophrenic husband, Owen, is suddenly released after years of hospitalization and shows up on her doorstep. . .just as she's renewing a relationship with Dr. Paul Giordano, the new attending physician at CCC, who loved and left her long ago for mysterious reasons of his own.
Immediate, compelling, provocative, Nurses sweeps us into the dramatic lives of care givers, women you will laugh with, cry for and remember forever.

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About the Author:

Marcia Rose worked for many years in a major metropolitan hospital in New York City, where she researched, designed, and wrote an award-winning magazine. She is the author of two other "true medicine" bestselling novels, Hospital and Admissions, as well as the New York Times bestseller All for the Love of Daddy; Songs My Father Taught Me; Like Mother, Like Daughter; and others.
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Rose's latest hospital-based drama (after Hospital, 1992) is stocked with enough improbable story lines and characters to fill a month's worth of E.R. episodes. Determined nurse-practitioner Marty Lamb is director of New York City's only nurse-run health facility, a clinic within a major hospital. Dedicated to providing health and maternity care to the city's poorest women, the clinic is continually targeted for closure by the hospital's chauvinistic male physicians. If that weren't enough to make Marty's workdays tension-filled, she has to contend with anti-abortion demonstrators, a nurse who is revealed to be a transsexual, missing drugs, mixed-up blood tests and mysterious gray envelopes that hold the darkest secrets of Marty and her co-workers. Her schizophrenic husband, Owen, safely locked away in a mental hospital since the night he tried to strangle her, has been released?not good news for her rekindled love affair with the handsome Dr. Paul Giordano. And then there's Marty's young friend Shayna, the 16-year-old daughter of the zealous Rabbi Ezekiel Brown. Shayna was born with spina bifida, a condition that has been carefully hidden from the world by her father. When Shayna's mother is accidentally killed by a right-to-life bullet meant for Giordano, the rabbi blames Marty for her death. With a finale involving the rabbi, Marty, Shayna, an ax and Owen, Rose's yarn, like a patient assaulted by one too many strokes, finally succumbs to a fatal burst of its overplayed melodrama.
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