The Nurse’s Story is a unique amalgam of real experiences and true stories, creatively merged into the character of Teri Daley, a young nurse with idealism, who feels a genuine “calling” to help others. Teri is a new nurse, a real nurse - a nurse like you - who encounters people and situations she could never have imagined when she dreamed of being a nurse. Teri wanted to help people, to save people, but what she found was unimaginable and heartbreaking, yet in the end was nothing short of inspirational.
"Passionate and emotionally riveting, this story is one you won’t want to end."
With uncompromising honesty, Carol Gino strips away the TV image to reveal the gritty truths of a nurse's life from it's early, optimistic, beginnings to the harsh realities (and incalculable rewards) that sustain her even in the face of a nurse's greatest professional hazard: BURNOUT.
★ How can she help the family of a terminally ill patient when the doctor can do nothing more?
★ What can she do for a 10 year old burn victim for whom most of consciousness is pain?
★ How does she convince the doctor of her intuition that the patient cannot survive surgery?
★ And how can she leave all of this behind at the end of her shift?
"Speaking Up For Nursing What does the public know - and want to know - about the nursing profession? Nurse-novelist Carol Gino unravels misconceptions and tells 'the nurse's story.'" - American Journal of Nursing
"The first book to really take you behind hospital doors." - NY Times
"Speaks with honesty, vigor, eloquence and sensitivity." - Dolores Krieger, Ph.D, R.N.
"So steeped in reality is The Nurse's Story that to call it fiction seems scarcely adequate; the story bristles with details and case histories that only experience could have provided. Teri Daley, the narrator, is grossly underpaid and overworked, burdened with responsibility but little authority, yet often held accountable for the blundering of doctors. In harrowing, sometimes gruesome passages still fresh with pain, Teri ministers to patients so disfigured with cancer or burns that they barely resemble human beings, while other patients are so psychotic, tragically terminal or deformed that only sheer guts and bottomless compassion can see her through the long days and nights. Rocked by her own implosions of grief each time a patient dies, she finds the mundane quality of her own life mocking and barely tolerable." - Cheryl McCall for People Magazine
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Just as inspired as....
I was just as inspired as I was the first time I read it. The final chapter is the most important one, although everything before it was so well written. I'm an RN in a profession that is putting "Non-nursing" priorities ahead of the patient, and I don't like it one bit. Very often I feel like my hand is being patted and I'm being told "there, there now dear, we're so glad our patients have you caring for them, but you can't have 15 min between your cases, or now that product might be nice to have but what we're doing now is working" Yeah right if everyone did what they are supposed to. I have outlasted everyone else in my Dept. and I'm tired of fighting. I have been a nurse for 25 years, worked in 3 states, 5 hospitals and changed my field 6 times yet although I dislike my job I love nursing and especially I love my patients. Thank you to all of you that care for people at their worst. You are truely appreciated! Bless you.