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

Algonquin. Sept. 2015. 272p. ISBN 9781616203207. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616205423. MED
In this title, readers experience a typical workday through the narrative of hospital oncology nurse Brown. During the course of her 12-hour shift, Brown cares for four patients, each with their own needs and distinct personalities. She faces many challenges, but through them all demonstrates dedication to patient care. Often ignoring her appetite, Brown places the demands of her job first. Forced to give attention to requisite record keeping and other paperwork, the author feels that more time could be spent with patients. Another daily stress factor is an antiquated hierarchy that persists among medical professionals. And based on Brown's experience, it seems that the prevailing attitude, especially in cancer treatment, should be one of solidarity. Brown's background as a university English professor is evident in her prose. Readers will relate to her description of her coworkers, learn medical vernacular, and connect with patients on an emotional level.
VERDICT This book can be enjoyed by all readers. Nursing students and professionals will appreciate the humor and will understand the situations involved.
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