The Shift

  • by Theresa Brown RN
  • Narrated by Tavia Gilbert
  • 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 in a hospital's cancer ward. In the span of 12 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. By shift's end we have witnessed something profound about hope, healing, and humanity.
Every day Theresa Brown holds patients' lives in her hands. On this day there are four: 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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Attempting Infinity Over 12 Hours--

and not quite making it. "The Shift" is a really good listen if you're interested in the reality of an oncology nurse's day. There's a schedule that can never be adhered to because there's always something of greater import that absolutely needs to be done. There's the lack of lunch breaks and grabbing sustenance in just a few saltines. There's the odd dance between doctors and nurses. There are patient's families whose wants are to be considered almost as much as the patient's wishes.
And there is, dad blast it: the ever-ringing phone.
There's not really much in the way of questioning life, its import, the odd chances that befall us willy-nilly until the very end. So, while there's plenty of action (how anyone can manage that day in, day out, is beyond me!), there's not too much depth.
But I did wind up caring about the patients, and I certainly wound up respecting the heck out of Theresa Brown.
All in all, a good listen if you want to get a sense of "a chaotic day in the life of" an extremely competent and empathetic individual. At just over 7 hours, it's not going to take up too much of your time, and it's quite a ride!
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- Gillian "SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!"

Exquisitetly written..

The Ever so gentle writing style of care in a Nurses shift brought memories of childhood care by mom.. yet also found myself in ecstasy of laughter in the witty and clever gems between doctors and nurses amidst chaos of an hospital.. Was beautifully read and made the long drive but a breeze.. Why did I find it funny "patient refused " a reason the RN wrote for wasted morphing down the drain of a deceased patient? It's possible im in the wrong profession.. A book that brings you to that conclusion is worth a listen too..
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- Andrey Borul

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-22-2016
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.