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Critical Care: A New Nurse Faces Death, Life, and Everything in Between



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In her former career as an English professor, Theresa Brown had been shielded from the harsh reality of death. That all changed the day she decided to become an oncology nurse. In Critical Care, Theresa writes powerfully and honestly about her first year on the hospital floor. With great compassion and a disarming sense of humor, she shares the trials and triumphs of her patients and comes to realize that caring for a patient means much more than simply treating a disease. Deeply moving and, at times, sobering, Critical Care sheds light on the issues of mortality and meaning in our lives. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Theresa Brown, R.N., received her BSN from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a regular contributor to the New York Times blog, Well and Theresa lives in the Pittsburgh area with her husband, Arthur Kosowsky, their three children, and their dog. Visit the author at

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Author's Notep. xv
Why the Professor Became a Nursep. 1
Getting My Feet Wetp. 13
First Deathp. 27
Benchedp. 43
A Day on the Floorp. 61
Condition Ap. 81
Openingsp. 99
Doctors Don't Do Poopp. 113
Switchp. 129
Accessp. 147
Poisonp. 165
Epiloguep. 183
Acknowledgmentsp. 191
A Reader's Guidep. 195
Questions and Topics for Discussion for Nursing Students and Facultyp. 197
About the Authorp. 201
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