The Nurses by Alexandra Robbins

November 16, 2015

Hey friends,

So a little while ago I was given the opportunity to read The Nurses by Alexandra Robbins and unfortunately have not made it very far related to all my school work. But what I can tell you is that it is a beautifully written narrative of four real RNs throughout one year.

The author Alexandra Robbins is winner of the 2014 John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest Magazine Journalism, and author of four New York Times bestsellers, and was voted Goodreads' Best Nonfiction Book of the Year. She has written for the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, and other publications, and has appeared on numerous television shows. 

The Nurses: A Year of Secrets, Drama, and Miracles with the Heroes of the Hospital follows four nurses in different hospitals throughout the year. 

  • Molly: the funny, confident nurse
  • Lara: a nurse battling a drug addiction
  • Juliette: the outspoken nurse
  • Sam: the new nurse trying to find her way
In order to write about nurses, Alexandra did an in-depth investigation of hospital culture that included doctors behaving badly, violence in the workplace, nurse bullying, and why nurses are heroes. 

Alexandra Robbins has received advanced praise for the narrative from nurses and nursing students alike. 
  • "Alexandra Robbin's insightful new book is a must read for all patients, family members, hospital administrators, policy makers and healthcare providers. She highlights the price nurses pay remaining in the profession despite toxic workplaces, bullying and lack of self-care." -Eileen Spillane RN, NP, BSN, MA, Founder, The Balanced Nurse
  • "Remaining true to herself, Alexandra Robbins presents great insight into emergency nursing. While humanizing ER nurses, she also exemplifies the obstacles and interpersonal challenges they face when advocating for patient care. Anyone utilizing emergency care or who is interested in emergency medicine as a career should read this book." -Michelle Cota, MPH, BSN, RN
  • "The Nurses, similar to From Silence to Voice, belongs on everyone's shelf who encounters the US healthcare system. Written by a journalist, it paints the gritty picture of nursing today, but it also personalizes the experience. I kept turning the pages late at night and thinking, "yes I've seen that," and "yes that's happened in my hospital...this is real life!" For validation, entertainment, and eye-opening, The Nurses will appeal to both nurses and the public." -Megen Duffy, RN, BA, BSN
I do not know about you but I cannot wait to finish this book! Stay tuned for my own review of it, too.

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  1. Nurses are heroes because they go above and beyond for their patients, they are always there for their patients day and night. When the call button goes off or their patients are screaming heir names for help, there they are. Helplessly giving their all to their patients

  2. They are heros because they're the first and the last person to see a patient. They are the ones that leave the lasting impact on the patient. You never know how much just one smile can mean to the patient!

  3. They are Heros because they truly change patient centered care. Nurses are the first and the last person that a patient sees during their stay. If they make a good impression, the patient will always recognize them. I cannot wait to be an inspiration to someone every day as a nurse and hopefully this book will inspire me to do so!

  4. Nurses are heroes because they are the ones who are advocating for YOUR care. They are the backbone of the health care field. I cannot wait to be one.


  5. Nurses are heroes becauses we put our own needs aside to serve others. We are there for people in their time of need to help them.... Plus we save lives :)


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