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Becoming Nursey: From Code Blues to Code Browns, How to Care for Your Patients and Yourself

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  552 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Nursing isn't a career; it's a calling. Learning how to be a great nurse at the bedside while maintaining your sanity at home is no easy task. This book talks about how to realistically live as a nurse, both at home and at the bedside.. with a little humor and some shenanigans along the way. Comprised of both stories from the bedside and practical and honest advice, this b ...more
Published October 31st 2014 by BookBaby
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Trish Barlowe
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is excellent for all nurses. It is aimed at students and new nurses but I think there is enough truth in it to really touch the heart of any nurse. Kleber is funny, honest and respectful. She describes some aspects of nursing that I have been trying to put into words for my students for years and she does so beautifully. My favorite part was the last page where she just simply tells the reader thank you for what we do a nurses. I didn't realize how desperate I was for a thank you - fro ...more
Feb 12, 2021 rated it liked it
Had good moments but overall was kinda basic. Maybe I would've enjoyed it more at the beginning of nursing school? Not sure. ...more
Aug 01, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Was not impressed...

As a new nurse I bought this book hoping for some insight and guidance. At first I thought it was ok,but as I kept reading I started to dislike it more and more. The first reason is because I thought some parts were totally unrealistic. Things like the time frame to get things done. I felt like in the "perfect" hospital setting then yes, perhaps all those things could get done in that very short time frame. But in the real world with 5-7 patients all with different needs it s
Jan 06, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: medical
I think this book would have gotten more stars if I was a brand new nurse. She has great advice from work-life balance to how to organize your mornings. The author is so honest about what being a nurse is. It is satisfying to know that nurses in other institutions go through the same feelings that I do. What a wonderful thing about nursing! What a connection we all have to each other!

One negative though is her use of the word "nursey." I felt it was much to juvenile and a little insulting to a
Tim Kubiak
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My medical experience is as a patient. But as fate would have it I'm married to a nurse and our oldest just passed her NCLEX (nursing boards) I'm sure they took something far different from the book than i did as a lay person. That there were deeper thoughts and longer laughs at the funny bits. Still the book gave insight in to what a nurses face and carriers I'd never considered. An easy non technical read. i'd highly suggest it to anyone living with a nurse or nursing student. ...more
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I graduated less than a year ago from Nursing school in May of 2018, got my RN license in June of 2018. Where I am now, I'm glad I read it, because I was able to understand the feelings she was describing like all that jitteriness we all get when first starting out, and it allowed me to appreciate and feel validated for the steps I took as a new professional, considering that not everything turned out as I expected it to in my first year of nursing.

The things she talked about when applying for
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kleber has packed so much wisdom into just 149 pages that I am in awe. This book is not only a must read for new nurses, but also for nursing students, nurse educators, and nurse leaders. There are not enough hours in the nursing education process to learn all there is to know about the care of patients. Kleber not only provides core tips on how to care for patients. She also offers suggestions on how to be a professional nurse and reminders that self-care is essential to be a great nurse.
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I recently graduated from nursing school and was trying to find a down to earth book that talked about the struggles of being a new nurse and their overcomings. This book was PERFECT. It seriously made me laugh out loud, cry real tears and gave me confidence. Perfect book for a new graduate. The author was a med surg nurse and then become an ICU nurse, so the stories focus mostly on her journey through those two specialties.
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was a blog transformed into a book. And it read that way. There were spelling and grammatical errors and several of the passages felt as though they were written in haste. I was a new nurse looking for guidance when I began reading this book but I felt like I was treated like a kindergartener instead.
Gabriele Vita
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A helpful read for nursing students

Sometimes all you need is to feel like you are not alone; that people have trudged down a similar path and got through it for the better. I am much less anxious (but sill anxious) for my surgical placement thanks to the insights provided in this text. The author has my thanks.
Courtney Galanti
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommended this book to new nurses! I’ve just become a new nurse (I’m also in neuro) but anyone can relate to what she is saying indefinitely. It’s really comforting but also she gives really good tips and steps to take being a new nurse and the new tasks that come with that. I’m really glad I read this before hand! It’s better than most nursing books I’ve been reading to prepare!
Iseabal Turner
Oct 28, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book because the author provided some examples of what her life as a nurse has consisted of. It was a fairly short, easy read that I can see myself picking up again in the future. Some of the terms in the book were beyond my comprehension because I am only a first year student. However, the authors added definitions for some of the terms throughout the text which was helpful.
Bianca Wohleking
Jan 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Very good for someone who is interested in the career. A common sense read for someone in nursing school or anything post-nursing school.
Alison Bryant
It has some good insight, but poorly written, lots of grammatical errors, and it felt like the majority of the content was only hitting the surface to me.
Oct 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reassuring but not very informative.
Emily Gradinaru
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book!

So nice to have a better idea of what life will be like outside nursing school. And to have some helpful advice before I get there!
Nov 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book as a current nursing student. However, at times, I felt that it was slow. In general, it was a good book.
Kelsie Beddes
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very helpful

This book is very helpful. A lot of great tips I'm excited to apply to my nursing practice. Thank you Kati!
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A nurse’s guidebook to becoming a great nurse.

A must read for seasoned nurses and new nurses alike. This book will inspire you to become the nurse you have always wanted to be.
Hayley Katzenstein
Unnecessary amount of Bible thumping
Brenna Johnson
This book is geared to student nurses and new nurses. It was thoughtful and intriguing but an an experienced new, I have learned most her recommendations and tips. It was an enjoyable read.
Michelle Fleury
May 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Candid, clear, and fun to read. Highly recommend to new nursing students!
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nicole-s
Highly recommend !

This is a great read for nursing students! I myself am a nursing student and it gave me a reminder of the big picture and why we all start down this path. The author also met every serioud chapter with a lighter / funnnier chapter as well. Definitely recommend to future nurses!
Daria Marshall
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nurse-reads
I'm really glad that I read this book as it pertains to so much of my life. I am currently a second semester nursing student, and a lot of what Kati covers in the book is what I have to look forward to in my future. There were parts that I didn't exactly agree with (such as when to get all of your charting done - from what I have seen during my clinicals, it is not always possible to get your charting done right then and there), but overall, I thought she gave some really great life-work balance ...more
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, non-fiction
I follow Kati on her blog and tumblr, and I wish I bought and read this book while in nursing school. Instead I bought it after I graduated and it really could have helped me more in nursing school. I noticed a lot of people don't like her writing style but I found it likeable and more causal than trying to talk down to you or teach you.

I really liked her tips like how to beat smells and other nursing tips. As a new nurse this book really gave me a good insight on how my first couple years as a
Susan Allison-Dean
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
All I can say is where was 'Becoming Nursey' when I was a new grad and thank goodness it is here for todays novice nurses. Kleber has packed so much wisdom into just 149 pages that I am in awe. This book is not only a must read for new nurses, but also for nursing students, nurse educators, and nurse leaders. There are not enough hours in the nursing education process to learn all there is to know about the care of patients. Kleber not only provides core tips on how to care for patients. She als ...more
Christine Emme
Feb 26, 2015 rated it liked it
The author is very likable and I enjoyed her stories and tips. I'm glad I didn't buy the book, but borrowed it electronically because it was really short! I was surprised when it was over. There's not a ton of content. However I like that she is a Christian and talks about her faith a bit. She really does get to the heart of nursing and she gives good advice. The book is odd because at times it feels like it's written for nurses but other times it seems like it's written for non-nurses. Like she ...more
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Love love LOVE this book! It's exactly what I needed to read before I started my first nurse job. I have always been considered a "tough cookie" in everything in my life, but starting my first nurse job had me scared! Reading this book assured me that I was not the only nurse scared to start their first nurse job, that I'm not the only one who felt they didn't know anything and thought everyone would think you're an idiot. I was not alone in these feelings. The author Kati reassured me that in t ...more
Daniel Brockhan
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have been reading Kati's blog NurseEyeRoll for a while (E-mail and on Facebook). I am not a nurse but work at the hospital and really enjoy her truth, wit, and care - so I bought the book. Wow, Kati, great job! I enjoyed everything and you even helped me to understand some definitions I did not know previously. Thanks and I recommend this to other nurses, anyone in the hospital setting, or those who wish to know more about what those nurses in their family and friend circles struggle and deal ...more
Krystal Barnard
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is especially great for new nurses feeling a little bit lost. I constantly turn to this book, as well as Kati's blog, for advice. As a new nurse, there are some times I may just feel a little too shy to ask questions about certain things. Kati's wisdom has helped me in so many situations. I feel like nurses of any number of years of experience just because of the perspective Kati has on being a nurse. Overall, I recommend it absolutely to any new nurse, but also any other nurses just l ...more
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“Being a grey nurse is not automatic. It takes going through some rough situations and learning from them. It means gracefully accepting constructive criticism and allowing it to make you a better nurse. It means checking your ego at the door. It means caring about the big picture. It means knowing and acknowledging the fact that while this may be just another day at work for us, it is a profound time in our patients’ lives, and our needs are not the priority.” 0 likes
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