A critical-care nurse in coronary and emergency medicine for eighteen years, Echo Heron has seen and heard it all. Here she recounts narratives of real-life medical dramas experienced by nurses across the country, sharing with us the inspiring, the tragic, and the outrageously funny: a penitentiary nurse who wasresponsible for orchestrating a murderer's execution; a stroke victim who rose out of his depression when his nurses began telling him jokes; and, perhaps the most riveting testimony, moment-by-moment memories of several nurses who served in the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing.
Filled with both tears and laughter and charged with the issues that afflict nursing care today, TENDING LIVES is a gripping, moving, inspiring book, a fitting tribute to a noble profession.
About Echo Heron
Echo Heron is the author of the bestselling Intensive Care: The Story of a Nurse, Conditional Critical: The Story of a Nurse Continues, the novel, Mercy, and the medical thriller, Pulse. She was a critical-care nurse in the San Francisco Bay Area for seventeen years and is a spokesperson for nurses and patient's rights. Ms. Heron and her cat Mooshie currently reside in California.
"DEEPLY INVOLVING." --Publishers Weekly
"ENLIGHTENING . . . REVEAL[S] IN A SOMETIMES SHOCKING AND SOMETIMES COMICAL FASHION WHAT THE CARING PROFESSION IS REALLY LIKE." --Kirkus Reviews