The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients' Lives (Compact Disc)

Theresa RN Brown

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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 in 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. By shift's end, we have witnessed something profound about hope, healing, and humanity.

Every day, Theresa Brown holds patients' lives in her hands. On this day there are four: 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.

From the Back Cover: “A wonderfully told story of the life-and-death reality of a hospital . . .

. . . Theresa Brown helps us understand the dramas and the dangers as the beautifully evocative stories of nurses and doctors, patients and family members, overlap and entwine during a twelve-hour shift.”
—Perri Klass, MD, author of Treatment Kind and Fair: Letters to a Young Doctor

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 busy teaching hospital’s cancer ward. In the span of twelve hours, lives can be lost, life-altering treatment decisions made, and dreams fulfilled or irrevocably stolen. Unfolding in real time--under the watchful eyes of this dedicated professional and insightful chronicler of events--The Shift gives an unprecedented view into the individual struggles as well as the larger truths about medicine in this country. By shift’s end, we have witnessed something profound about hope and humanity.

“Meticulous, absorbing . . . Stands out for its honesty, clarity, and heart. [Brown] juggles the fears, hopes, and realities of a twelve-hour shift in a typical urban hospital with remarkable insight and unflagging care.
Her memoir is a must-read.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) 

“Riveting . . . Should be required reading for all incoming medical  and nursing students--or anyone who is a patient or visitor in a hospital.”  —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“What makes Brown’s story shine are the touching and sometimes bizarre moments that make real life in a hospital stranger than fiction.” —The Boston Globe

“An empathetic and absorbing narrative as riveting as a TV drama.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Captures perfectly [a nurse’s] central role in any patient’s life.” —Susan Love, MD, author of Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book

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