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Tending Lives: Nurses on the Medical Front

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  260 ratings  ·  18 reviews
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 outs...more
ebook, 416 pages
Published February 4th 2009 by Ivy Books (first published 1998)
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Sep 03, 2007 Tiffany rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: General Public
I think that Echo Heron accomplished her goal here. She meant to get real nursing stories out to the general public, in an attempt to shed light on the profession. This book is a compilation of stories from nurses across the country. All kinds of specialties and all kinds of backgrounds. Some stories, I must say were unnecessary and one or two just wrong. By wrong or unnecessary I mean they did not put forth a good image of nursing or were just stories to fill up pages. But the majority made me...more
Linda Flores
Nov 02, 2008 Linda Flores rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Student at Akins in HST Levels 1-3
Recommended to Linda Flores by: My teacher, Ms. Jonhson
This book is not like any other book. It special in its own way. The tittle is "Tending Lives" by Echo Heron. The author herself is the one narrating the stories that go on in her book. She is a a critical-care nurse in emergency medicine for eight-teen years. She decides to make a book about the real-life medical experienced by nurses all around the country. There is about forty-two different stories, one of the is about a stroke victim who rose out of his depression when his nurses began telli...more
If you are looking for a dry, factual book about the role of the nurse in the healthcare system, then this book is definitely not for you. Instead, Echo Heron presents us with very personal stories of what it means to be a nurse – as told to her by 39 different nurses across America. Open, heartfelt and often brutally honest, these stories take the reader on a journey into the lives and experiences of the people involved in all aspects of the nursing profession (there even is a story about a vet...more
A critical-care nurse in coronary and emergency medicine for eighteen years, Echo Heron has seen and heard it all. Here she recounts narratives of real-life medical dramas experienced by nurses across the country, sharing with us the inspiring, the tragic, and the outrageously funny: a penitentiary nurse who wasresponsible 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, mom...more
Interesting but more sad rather than inspiring
Caroline H
Author explores her experiences in critical care nursing, how our "Modern Medicine" has changed the picture for nurses, making it very unrewarding for those trained for and wanting to be, direct caregivers who look for a professional and caring relationship with their patients.
Having a history as an "old fashioned" nurse, I clearly "get" what she is saying.
These are true stories from nurses about their jobs. Ranges from psych ward experiences to the moments after the Oklahoma bombing. A must-read for anyone who is going into nursing, any nurses and anyone who wants to encourage the profession. Heron tells each story with such wit and empathy, they made me laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time.
Miss Poppy
Jun 21, 2009 Miss Poppy rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who believe in spontaneous human combustion, cop cycles, and alien abductions
Recommended to Miss by: my well-meaning husband
This book is HORRIBLE. It's poorly written, sensationalistic, and highly racist - equal opportunity racist, but racist nontheless. It is useless for anyone interested in working in the medical profession.
Steph Heringer
Jan 23, 2008 Steph Heringer rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nurses
I read Echo's book before starting nursing school and she scared the heck out of me. I love her stories about real life nursing. She isn't as good at writing novels.
Great read for medical personnel to reunite themselves with why they joined the business and also some pretty familiar stories you can relate to!
much better book from this author. I suspect it will only appeal to nurses and those directly involved in the acute medical field.
This was a great book by Echo Heron. This is true stories of nurses. I really enjoyed it.
Really great read, contributions from different nurses working in different fields.
Deena Scintilla
If you pick up this book, you may just see my name as a contributor. :-)
Love her books... very detailed in what happens in a hospital.
Got to meet the author and get my copy of this signed
Brynn Chisholm
A telling of many different sides of nursing.
ER stories about nursing.
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