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Becoming a Nurse

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A revealing guide to a nursing career written by esteemed reporter Sonny Kleinfield and based on the real-life experiences of the celebrated emergency room nurses of New York’s Lenox Hill Hospital—required reading for anyone considering a path to this profession.

Becoming a Nurse takes you behind the scenes to find out what it’s really like, and what it really takes, to become a nurse. Acclaimed former New York Times reporter Sonny Kleinfield shadows veteran nurse Hadassah Lampert of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York to show how this in-demand job becomes a reality. Known for her mastery of technical skills and her heartfelt compassion for her patients, Lampert embodies the best of nursing. Go inside a hectic ER as veteran nurses work around the clock to treat incoming patients in a dazzling display of focus, skill, and bravery. Learn about their paths to the top of their field, from nursing school and clinical rotations to on-the-job realities like dealing with trauma and death. Gain insight about how this high-stakes job is actually practiced at the highest levels. As a nurse, expect the unexpected.

Sonny Kleinfield is a former New York Times staff reporter and author of eight nonfiction books. He has written for Harper’s Magazine, The Atlantic, Esquire, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times.

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (August 18, 2020)
  • Length: 192 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781982142421

"We all have some idea of what those front-line workers do, but to really enter their life-and-death realm of medical expertise and ready compassion, read Becoming a Nurse. Some chapters are flat-out gripping; others are deeply moving."
Washington Post

"Gracefully structured, beautifully written and packed with useful information, telling details and drama."
—Star Tribune

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