Tending Lives by Echo Heron
Nurses on the Medical Front

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As the healthcare debate rages on with the growth of the HMO industry, nurses quietly continue to provide the day-to-day grit and deeply-felt passion that hold the healing profession together. Within these remarkable women and men are poignant, outrageous stories drawn from the edge of life. But fear of career backlash and reprisals have made them reluctant to talk to outsiders about their experience. Now Echo Heron, New York Times bestselling author of Intensive Care, draws truths far stranger than fiction out of her colleagues--and allows the nurses to speak to us in their own words.

Ranging from inspiring to tragic to outrageously funny, these narratives are real life medical dramas as experienced by nurses across the country--each practicing in a variety of specialties, including cardiac care, labor and delivery, burns, the ER--even a nurse who works in dolphin care.

Tending Lives portrays a penitentiary nurse responsible for orchestrating a murderer's execution; a stroke victim who rose out of his depression when his nurses began telling him jokes; and, perhaps the most riveting testimony, the moment-by-moment memories of several nurses who served in the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing--gripping accounts that give us new perspectives on the horror and heroism of that nightmare day.

Pediatric nurses, psychiatric nurses, home-care nurses, intensive care nurses--all with distinct voices and unique stories to tell. Filled with both tears and laughter, and charged with the issues that afflict nursing care today, Tending Lives is a gripping, moving, inspiring book, a fitting tribute to a noble profession.

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About Echo Heron

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Echo Heron is the author of Intensive Care: The Story of a Nurse, a New York Times bestseller; Condition Critical: The Story of a Nurse Continues; and the upcoming Tending Lives: Nurses on the Medical Front. She has been a critical-care nurse in coronary and emergency medicine for fifteen years. At present, Ms. Heron lives with her cat, Mooshie. Together they are working on her next book.
Published February 4, 2009 by Ivy Books. 417 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Professional & Technical, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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The first-person stories of some 40-odd nurses in a variety of fields reveal in a sometimes shocking and sometimes comical fashion what the caring profession is really like.

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Heron, a California nurse who has written previously about her professional experiences (Intensive Care: The Story of a Nurse) collects oral histories drawn from interviews she taped with nurses who r

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