While many in the profession have opinions about how nurses are portrayed on TV, it’s less often that you hear a lot of folks chiming in about how nurses are portrayed in literature. But a new nonfiction book about nurses by award-winning author Alexandra Robbins has recently changed that.
In The Nurses: A Year of Secrets, Drama, and Miracles with The Heroes Of The Hospital Robbins follows four real life women in different hospitals. There’s a first-year nurse battling bullying (Sam), a “superstar” nurse battling a prescription drug addiction (Lara), a veteran nurse who leaves her longtime position when her hospital enacts anti-nurse policies (Molly), and a compassionate, fierce patient advocate (Juliette).
The book is described on the publisher’s website as follows:
“Nursing is more than a career; it is a calling, and one of the most important and fascinating professions in the world. Nurses are remarkable. Yet contemporary literature largely neglects them. In THE NURSES, New York Times bestselling author and award-winning journalist Alexandra Robbins celebrates these brave women and men — and provides them with a fast-paced read they can give to family and friends and say, ‘This is what it’s like to be me.’ THE NURSES is both a riveting work of investigative journalism and an inspirational rallying cry, reminding nurses that they should be deeply proud of what they do and motivating readers to fight for the appreciation that nurses deserve.”
Some feedback for the book has been great. For example, The Nurse Teacher reviewed the book, praising Robbins for showcasing the profession with honesty and “giving the reader real tangible things that can be done to support the profession.” However, others have criticized the book’s focus on negative aspects of nursing.
I haven’t had a chance to read the book yet, but I’m definitely intrigued.
Will you be picking up a copy of The Nurses?
Here are Robbins and a few nurses — though not the nurses featured in the book — in a 20/20 appearance: