NURSES by Alexandra Robbins – BOOK REVIEW


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

Author: Alexandra Robbins

Type of Book: eBook

Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir

Length: 368 pages

Release Date: May 5, 2015

Publisher: Workman Publishing Company

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

* I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

“Emergency nurses practice in an environment that has been called permanent whitewater, where constant change challenge, and crisis are the reality. Amazing stories occur each day and some of these stories may never be acknowledged or written.”
– Emergency Nurses Association, Award Recognition Program

The author interviewed nurses around the United States over a one year period and documented her findings. This book is the result of those interviews and experiences.

Nurses rarely receive the praise and recognition that they deserve. Since Doctors are the ones whose names the patient and patient’s families are given, it is doctors who receive all the thanks and accolades. This is also true of the money. Doctor’s incomes are exponentially larger than the incomes of the nurses who work alongside them. Nurses often work longer and harder than doctors and yet receive none of the financial rewards.

This book is exceedingly well written. At times the author walks a fine line between praising nurses and denigrating doctors, but she does so very well. She is quick to point out that not all doctors, and not all nurses are the same. There are thousands of books that regale readers with stories of the wonderful things doctors have done, while there are very few books where nurses are the prime focus.

I think everyone should read this book. Why? Well, in my opinion nurses should read this book so that they know they are not alone and that people are aware of their contributions to health and patient care. Doctors should read this book to give them insight into what nurses go through on a daily basis. Educators, politicians and lawmakers should read this book so that they can expand their knowledge base and to make them aware of what is happening in today’s health care profession. Everyone else should read this book for much the same reason. It is important for patients and potential patients to understand what nurses go through daily and to know that they are doing a difficult job, under difficult circumstances and often for very little pay. They do this because they care. They truly believe that nursing is a calling.

Often people’s views of what being a nurse is truly like is skewed. This is because much of what people think they know comes from what we see on television. In television shows like “Gray’s Anatomy” nurses are rarely seen except as background. The only time they take up a larger focus in the show is when they are sleeping with one of the doctors.

“We rely on nurses to be our healers, our heroes, to comfort us, to soothe our hurts and salve our psyches.”

This is a terrific book and is written from a unique perspective.

I rate this book as 4 out of 5 stars.⭐⭐⭐⭐

– Biography obtained from

Alexandra Robbins

Alexandra Robbins, the author of four New York Times bestselling books, is an investigative reporter and the 2014 recipient of the prestigious John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest Magazine Journalism, given by the Medill School of Journalism. She is a contributing editor at both Marie Claire and Washingtonian magazines.

Robbins’ books include The Overachievers, a New York Times Editors’ Choice and People magazine Critics’ Choice; and The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth, which was voted Best Nonfiction Book of the Year in the Goodreads Choice Awards, the only people’s choice awards for books, and won a Books for a Better Life Award.

Robbins’ new book, The Nurses: A Year of Secrets, Drama, and Miracles with the Heroes of the Hospital (April 2015) is described as “a page-turner possessing all the twists and turns of a brilliantly told narrative.”

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