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Nurses On The Inside: Stories Of The HIV/AIDS Epidemic In NYC

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This is based on true and real events. It is the story of two nurses who witnessed the early years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic from the frontline. It focuses on their lives and their experiences. Some of the story is raw, sometimes graphic, but familiar for people with HIV infection, family members, friends, and other nurses and medical professionals such as Ellen and Valery. ...more
Kindle Edition, 246 pages
Published July 13th 2019 by Tree District Books
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Ellen Matzer
well, I did write it! but it is a cautionary tale that has now come true again in the form of COVID-19. please read Nurses on the Inside. and look for our next book can anyone guess what this one will be about? also looking for nurses to interview about their experiences with COVID-19
There are not enough stars in the galaxy that could be bestowed on this book and upon these 2 nurses and writers. They gave empathy and compassion to our dying brothers when there was very little in nursing during the 1980s and 1990s.
Everyone should read this book . Because no one should ever forget about this epidemic that almost decimated the worldwide gay community.

What Is Remembered Lives - The Aids Memorial
Nicola Kennedy
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A very good read...this book basically walked me through what it was like being a nurse during the aids epidemic. I've had the pleasure of having Helen Matzer as my professor I can tell you she was a 'Badass Nurse' then and a 'Badass Nurse educator' now. Thank you for impacting my life in such an awesome way. THANK YOU BOTH FOR SHARING YOUR STORY. ...more
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I first heard about this book from the AIDS Memorial Instagram page. The page posts pictures and a memory someone has written about this person with the hashtag #whatisrememberedlives. Some are partners but there are all kinds a relationships.
One of the posts featured the relationship between a young man and a nurse who wrote this book.
This book is a timeline of the AIDS epidemic written by two nurses who were in NYC hospitals when the first few cases came in and no one knew what they were see
Paul LaGreca
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Nurses on the Inside" is one of those rare books that unexpectedly appear and resonates with the reader. Ellen Matzer and Valery Hughes accurately describe the emotion and trauma of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in New York City when it first reared its ugly head. As nurses working with this strange new disease that initially seemed to affect only gay men, they forged forward in their work with love, compassion, and tireless care. They stood by their patients, regardless of the fear of contagion, while ...more
Nurses on the Inside (2019) is a multi-testimonial account of the AIDS crisis in New York City, USA. Haunting and prosaic, the book provides anecdotes of nurse-patient interactions, with a penchant for clear, technical language that helps to make sense of 1980s and 90s medical discourse(s). Matzer and Hughes, two seasoned nurses in some of NYC’s most trafficked AIDS clinics, demonstrate an unusual sense of emotional clarity and empathy. They impart a nostalgic, but commemorative, focus on the li ...more
Geraldine Kelly
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nurses, 2019
This book brought with it a flood of memories- Stat arterial blood gases on ice, before pulse oximetry, the big old plastic binders that were our patient charts, and of course all the beautiful, young people ravaged by this devastating disease in its early days.

The days before we had good med options…

The days before all the science was understood…

This is an amazing story of two heroes among many, who gave their lifeblood to serve these dying men and women.

A heartbreaking tribute.
Thomas Muriuki
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Diane Gay
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Living signature not dying of it

Great book thanks for telling the stories so well. I was blessed with excellent care 90% of the time and a wonderful support system Nassau university medical center saved my life twice, I don't remember all the names of nurses and doctors but the caring and warmth of a few stick out in my mind. Wish I could thank them.
Barbara Cordell
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Important memoir

This book brought back so many memories; I cried and grieved for so many lost souls. But the worldwide AIDS epidemic is far from over and everyone should be educated about this and other tragic and preventable diseases!
Suzan Brightwell
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Well written stories of nurses who worked with Aids patients from 1979-1999. Shows us how really horrible this disease is and how it still is, especially in other countries.
Bethan Martin
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Moving and heartfelt account of some incredible people battling a relentless disease and crippling social stigma. Harrowing and thought provoking.
Emily B
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
I downloaded this on my kindle after watching It's A Sin on channel 4 recently as I wanted to know more about the realities of nursing patients with HIV/AIDS on the front lines. It is a moving book and written with a lot of compassion and wisdom; as a nurse with an ICU background myself, I found it very interesting. The stories themselves are so powerful and heartbreaking. It's almost quite a prescient read given the current global events; a strange, new and awful illness which changes the lives ...more
Whitney Yanez
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read

This book tells the story of the 1970-1998 battle with AIDS. Without the authors and their co-workers dedication to their patients and research we would still be dealing with the devastating deaths in great numbers due to AIDS.
Orly Steinberg
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a fabulous read!
As an RN myself, trained during the 80s; the height of the AIDS epidemic, this book brought back many memories of my days at Bellevue Hospital. It made me laugh. It made me cry.
Many things I had totally forgotten about (med cards- ha!, smoking lounges - although I never smoked, blood gases). This book gives insight into what nursing was like during those days.... and how far we have come. The stories were very touching and these patients were lucky to have crossed paths with
Scott Bechard Prividera
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I cried

I I read and cried, read and cried. So many senseless deaths due to this horrible disease. A part of my community and generation wiped out. Thank you Valery and Ellen for sharing all of yours and countess other nurses and staffs selfless contributions and for caring for all of our friends, lovers, brothers, sisters and parents.
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