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The Nurses

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

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A New York Times bestseller. “A funny, intimate, and often jaw-dropping account of life behind the scenes.”—People

Nurses is the compelling story of the year in the life of four nurses, and the drama, unsung heroism, and unique sisterhood of nursing—one of the world’s most important professions (nurses save lives every day), and one of the world’s most dangerous, filled with violence, trauma, and PTSD.

In following four nurses, Alexandra Robbins creates sympathetic characters while diving deep into their world of controlled chaos. It’s a world of hazing—“nurses eat their young.” Sex—not exactly like on TV, but surprising just the same. Drug abuse—disproportionately a problem among the best and the brightest, and a constant temptation. And bullying—by peers, by patients, by hospital bureaucrats, and especially by doctors, an epidemic described as lurking in the “shadowy, dark corners of our profession.”

The result is a page-turning, shocking look at our health-care system.


From Publishers Weekly

Mar 30, 2015 – Journalist Robbins (Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities) trains her sights on the adrenaline-infused world of emergency nursing, offering a disturbing snapshot of the barriers imposed on healthcare providers by colleagues, myopic bosses, and a changing healthcare system. She follows four ER nurses at four hospitals where patients range from the wealthy and privileged to the down and out, aiming to represent the varied perspectives of America's 3.5 million nurses. During the book's year-long time line, Molly quits her full-time hospital job to become an agency nurse while also beginning fertility treatments; Lara battles a crumbling marriage and a history of drug abuse; Sam, a novice, grows into a confident practitioner; and unpopular Juliette, despite a lack of encouragement from fellow nurses, saves lives while advancing her career. To illustrate the realities of nursing, Robbins addresses government surveys that "steer focus away from patient health," a nursing "code of silence" that helps cover up addiction in their ranks, bullying, and the mix of factors that leads to medication errors. The "nurse confessions" section also dishes eye-opening material to the uninitiated. Robbins uses these four women's trials and triumphs to show how the nursing profession itself remains as overwhelming as a busy ER.

Customer Reviews


One of the most realistic books on the current crises in nursing from the perils of understaffing to the battles between nurses and doctors regarding patient care, plus the issues of bullying and cliques. Stay well my friends, don't believe everything your doctor has to tell you...


I really enjoyed this book and learned from it as well. I have always admired nurses before but wow, I had no idea what it all entailed. Much respect to you all. Thank you.


I wish I hadnt paid money for this book. The fault is not "overworking nurses". The fault is a national nursing shortage against which hospitals are helpless, largely because reimbursement doesnt even cover cost, much LESS the generous salaries we'd like to pay the few nurses out there

The Nurses
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  • $1.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Apr 14, 2015
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
  • Seller: Workman Publishing Co., Inc.
  • Print Length: 304 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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