By Theresa Brown
"Doctors heal, or try and, yet as nurses we step into the breach, work out what should be performed for any given sufferer this day, in this shift, after which, with love and exasperation, do it as top as we can." --'from Critical Care
"At my activity, humans die," writes Theresa Brown, shooting either the weight and the singular significance of her career. Brown, a former English professor at Tufts college, chronicles the following her first yr as an R.N. in scientific oncology. As she does so, Brown illuminates the original position of nurses in healthiness care, giving us a deeply relocating portrait of the day by day paintings nurses do: taking care of the individual that is unwell, not only the ailment itself.
Critical Care takes us with Brown as she struggles to are likely to her patients' wishes, either actual (the rigors of chemotherapy) and emotional (their late-night fears). alongside the way in which, we see the paintings nurses do to struggle for his or her patients' dignity, inspite of punishing remedies and a frequently uncaring sanatorium paperwork. We additionally see how a twelve-hour day of taking good care of the heavily ailing offers Brown herself a deeper appreciation of what it capability to be alive. finally, it is a ebook approximately embracing existence, no matter if in instances of disorder or well-being.
As she takes us into where the place sufferers and nurses meet, Brown exhibits us the ability of human connection within the face of mortality. She does so with a prepared humorousness and noteworthy powers of remark, making Critical Care a robust contribution to the literature of medication.
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