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The Nurses: A Year of Secrets, Drama, and Miracles with the Heroes of the Hospital

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Alexandra Robbins

Narrated By: Alexandra Robbins

Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA

Date: April 2016

Duration: 12 hours 0 minutes


Nursing is more than a career; it's a calling, and one of the most important fascinating, and dangerous professions in the world. As the frontline responders battling traumas, illnesses, and aggression from surprising sources, nurses are remarkable. Yet contemporary literature largely neglects them.
In THE NURSES, New York Times bestselling author and award-winning journalist Alexandra Robbins peers behind the staff-only door to write a lively, fast-paced story and a riveting work of investigative journalism. Robbins followed real-life nurses in four hospitals and interviewed hundreds of others in a captivating audiobook filled with joy and violence, miracles and heartbreak, dark humor and narrow victories, gripping drama and unsung heroism.
Alexandra Robbins creates sympathetic, engaging characters while diving deep into their world of controlled chaos--the hazing ('nurses eat their young'); sex (not exactly like on TV, but it happens more often than you think); painkiller and addiction (disproportionately a problem among the best and brightest); and bullying (by doctors, patients, and others). The result is a riveting story possessing all the twists and turns of a brilliantly told narrative--and a shocking, unvarnished examination of our health care system.


  • Joan M

    Got this book because I was curious. What could someone have to say about nursing that was sooo long? Cannot believe some of what I heard. Not really remarkable things about weird patients, but more so of the lack of respect and compensation for what I view as being a very good job fraught with all kinds of responsibilities. Then, have to be honest, because I was ashamed to say that I too have had the thought of "Why don't you go to med school rather than JUST being a nurse?". Am ashamed that I ever even had those thoughts. Fortunately, the book set me straight. And lucky for me, a mom at a dinner for one of my kid's activities happened to tell a group that she was a nurse. I immediately thanked her, told her about the book, and thanked her again for all that she does. Was totally worth it! She was beaming! I will now make it a practice to thank nurses and buy them coffee whenever they are in line at a coffee shop just like I do for policemen and firemen. You are all angels!

  • Natasha Karek

    This book is spot on! I I love being a nurse but it can be very difficult most of the time. I wish all management would read it.

  • terri Whitsell

    I have been a nurse for 24 years. This book was so accurate I felt like I could have written it. I love being a nurse but it's also one of the hardest jobs I think you could ever get. But I don't want to do anything else.

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