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

The Shift One Nurse Twelve Hours Four Patients Lives 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

  • Title: The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients' Lives
  • Author: Theresa Brown
  • ISBN: 9781616203207
  • Page: 372
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 sIn 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.

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    1. 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. In this book, Theresa Brown tells us what it’s really like to be a nurse on the ward of a busy American hospital and how difficult it is to find time to give each patient the care and consideration they need.Theresa works on a cancer ward for lymphoma and leukemia patients including those who ha [...]

    2. 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, albeit across the pond, it was interesting to see how care patterns differ and how patients interact with their caregivers in the US. There are several noted differences, chiefly with regard to how patients without access to free healthcare receive the best of what medical science has to offer - at a c [...]

    3. 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 from home to hospital to home again. This sounds rather idyllic and mundane but is instead filled with constant stresses and demands. I witnessed first-hand the endless beeper calls and inability to find enough time to eat a decent meal or ever sit back and relax during day and evening shifts. Plus, [...]

    4. 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 the staff have a bad moment. Not unexpected when she's working in the field & writing about her colleagues, even if some are composites & all have fictitious names. Still, I've spent enough time in hospitals & with nurses (several are in the family) to know just how human they are. I [...]

    5. 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, ironically she came to nursing later after children and had already taught with a Phd in English. Both sides of the brain for Theresa. She's mid-forties when she writes this 12 hour shift minute by minute. She has 4 patients at one time. Departure for one, but intake day for another. It's on an oncology wa [...]

    6. 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 received a degree in nursing! In The Shift, Theresa gives the reader a glimpse of her work with patients and staff in the oncology ward at a busy Pittsburgh hospital.During her twelve hour shift, she is assigned to provide and maintain care for four patients. This may not sound like a heavy schedule, but [...]

    7. 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 into part of what a nurse’s day could be like. Nurses go without eating when they should eat. They go without going to the bathroom when ordinarily they would go. There are demands from supervisors to discharge patients ASAP so a new patient can be admitted ASAP. Massive amounts of medications hav [...]

    8. Theresa took me in a journey from early morning 7 AM to 7 PM; the end of her 12 hours shift.I'm so attached to her and the cancer ward. I have all the respect in the word for the kindhearted really devoted nurses, doctors, and all those involved in healthcare. True; there are some bad apples, but well, every profession has those *sigh* I love healthcare and everything that has to do with it. And to be able to live a day through the eyes of a nurse that cares so much about her patients; is quite [...]

    9. Full review at TheBibliophageI 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, albeit one-sided, conversation with a new friend. This is a peek into one oncology nurse's life, via one particular shift.It happens that Brown also has a Ph.D. in English, and that certainly informs the quality of writing. Brown includes poetry, philosophy, books and their authors, while telling her [...]

    10. Somebody, or the Internet, whichever, told me about this book. But 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 every day, could be boring. It is also hard to imagine that a book written by a NYT columnist could be poorly written. Unfortunately both of these things are true. It is boring, and not particularly well written.I did gain somewhat of a new sympathy for how busy nurses are and an understanding of why it ta [...]

    11. 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 twelve-hour shift! Her patients have had various types of transplant surgeries, including bone marrow and stem cells. You follow her as she cares for as many as four of these critical patients during a typical day. You readily see, despite the stress of the job, the encouragement and compassion she [...]

    12. After reading this, I sure don't ever want to be a nurse. It's like being an air-traffic controller, but people may die on you at any time. I admire her leaving a position at Tufts teaching English literature to go into nursing, but it wouldn't be a decision I could make.The most fun parts of the book are the continuous references to, and quotes from, English literature to describe the situations she finds herself in. More power to her for enduring and even liking the high-tension field of nursi [...]

    13. I gave up 75 pages in. The story was too meandering for me. I understand this is more or less the nature of nursing, but the narration just didn't hold my interest. It was also a difficult read for all of the characters and medical information that was being thrown at me so quickly. The tone was also a bit too peppy and optimistic for my tastes. I'm sure she's a great nurse, but she's not my kind of storyteller.

    14. a fun, quick, fascinating read--I love hearing details about life in a hospital. And this is FULL of details

    15. "If we could know the future our jobs would be a lot easier."3.5 Stars.* A detailed and exhausting account of one nurse's twelve-hour shift on a hospital's hematology/oncology floor. Medical memoirs are a favorite genre of mine and I enjoyed it!If I sound the alarm and the patient is OK, then I over-reacted and have untrustworthy clinical judgment. If I don't call in the calvary when it's needed, then I'm negligent and unsafe for patients. You don't always know because what goes on inside human [...]

    16. Check out this and many other reviews on my blogthrowmeabook.wordpress/20The Shift is a well written and very readable account of a 12 hour nursing shift in the oncology ward at a busy US teaching hospital. To be more specific, The Shift follows the author, Theresa Brown, a practicing nurse, during one of her typical shifts, trying to balance caring for her cancer patients with compassion and grace with the necessity for meticulous administrative and record keeping duties. Although based on her [...]

    17. 4.5 starsI absolutely loved reading this. It is clear from the beginning that Theresa cares deeply for her profession and her patients. Nursing can be rough. Things go wrong when you least expect them. People receive the worst news of their life on your watch sometimes, especially when you are on an oncology unit like Theresa. Theresa's thorough walkthrough of her day was fascinating to read. I loved seeing her work through all of the obstacles that came her way. I loved the team aspect of her u [...]

    18. The book The Shift by Theresa Brown is a good inside look at the everyday lives of nurses. If you’re looking to become a nurse or join the medical field, this is a good play by play of just one day in the life. You will learn the importance of time management, and communication skills. The author Theresa Brown does a swell job at showing the consistent running back and forth you will have to do. Although the only down side is the fact that the book is very repetitive. It mainly speaks of the [...]

    19. This might be a go-to book for anyone interested in learning about a day in the life of an RN at a teaching hospital. It might be a good choice for anyone looking for a well-written and quick read.It has a few particular strengths. Chief among them is her ability to communicate her fears very well:“Like many nurses, the thing I’m always worried about is doing either too much or too little. If I sound an alarm and the patient is OK, then I over-reacted and have untrustworthy clinical judgment [...]

    20. I've read a few nursing biographies/memoirs now, and I always manage to find anecdotes that resonate with me regardless of the nurse's specialty. Theresa Brown touches on interesting points of struggle such as the "Doctor-Nurse Game", the difficult social patient, ethical questions balancing truthful practice against policy legalities, and most of all prioritizing which important patient is the MOST important. For me though, the writing could be a bit tedious at times and seemed to he written mo [...]

    21. 3.5 starsThe Shift is a fascinating look at what it means to be a nurse in an oncology ward in a hospital. Brown really brings to life one day in her life, working with and for four patients on her floor, plus dealing with the others who work with her, from orderlies and escorts to fellow nurses to doctors and residents and interns. We also see how human and understanding nurses have to be with difficult patients and their families, and how much the struggles of their patients affect them while [...]

    22. So I'm feeling like a broken record lately, but this book was disappointing for me. And I'm surprised because I really expected to like it! As an Oncology nurse who has really enjoyed books like this in the past, I thought it would be right up my alley. But unlike those books I read years ago, this one was honestly a little boring. I was expecting drama, blood, sweat, and tears, heart wrenching stress and pain, but what I got was a rote recitation of most of what happened in a 'typical' 12-hour [...]

    23. I was given an electronic copy by Algonquin Books and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.Nurses are a patient's best advocate and author Theresa Brown, RN is no different. Through her words, it is obvious that she cares deeply for her patients and wants to provide the best care possible. Medical conditions and procedures are well explained, in both medical and layman's terms. The author does a great job relaying complex information using real life examples. For instance, she likens the [...]

    24. Maybe we should get Theresa Brown to run for president. This book slows down time and Theresa Brown shares one of her twelve-hour days as a nurse with us. Four patients doesn't sound like a lot until you consider that you are the person who is in charge of the complete care of four very fragile people. It's a wonderful story and it makes me want to start a Theresa Brown for President campaign. If Brown can work this carefully and thoughtfully and juggle the personalities on the ward, I think she [...]

    25. Theresa Brown describes a typical 12 hour day as a hospital nurse--often harried and overwhelmed but still finding her profession rewarding. Keeping on top of the needs of 4 people sick enough to be hospitalized is a real challenge. My experience with hospitals and nursing is modest, but the book has a real ring of truth about the hour-by-hour duties. It would be a good book for young people to read as they decide what profession would be best for them.

    26. If you are a nurse you will appreciate Ms. Brown's book. A realistic look at a 12-hour nursing shift, hers in an oncology ward, but with a few simple changes could be on any ward. Truthful in its reality (no bathroom break I noticedt unusual where I work! ) a 30 min lunch break in 12 hours? Ha! Maybe every other day! I not only loved her honest approach to telling it like it is within the world of nursing, (all those damned interruptions when you are trying to give out meds!) but she's not afrai [...]

    27. As an RN, I loved this book. I believe it honestly depicted a typical 12 hour day in the life of a nurse. I'm not sure that people who are not nurses will find it as interesting and poignant as I did. I only disagreed with one piece of the story: When she was clearly working very, very hard - almost but not quite to the point of being overwhelmed, she gets another admission. Since one's license is on the line, you MUST be your own as well as the patient's advocate! I would have protested an addi [...]

    28. I started to read this while my father was in hospice following the return of cancer. I spent a lot of time in the hospital with him before he opted for hospice care. This book was a nice opportunity to see things from a nurses perspective. It is also interesting to see healthcare systems issues from the perspective of a nurse. I recommend this book for students who are considering careers in healthcare especially if they are considering hospital administration without first being a nurse.

    29. A day in a different world, which will make me look at past and future hospital interactions differently. Creates sympathy for those trying to control what within their world they can control. A bit sentimental for my taste - but perhaps written that way as resistance to hardness which might come from seeing illness and death so frequently. A good read, yes!

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