Zero to Ten
Nursing on the Floor
by Patricia Taylor
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Pub Date 29 Jul 2022 | Archive Date 01 Sep 2022
What’s your pain, from zero to ten? How fast can you run on the floor, from zero to ten? How soon will you have burnout, from zero to ten? Over forty years of experience in nursing inspire all these stories, from joy to frustration to devastation.
"If you’ve ever wanted to experience frontline nursing from the comfortable remove of a reader’s chair, Patricia Taylor kindly affords you the opportunity in her eye-opening Zero to Ten. These linked, unsettling stories document the extraordinary physical, mental and emotional stresses of the nursing profession and render scenes of birth, death and illness with compassion, humor and the occasional (justified) anger at medical hierarchies. 'Dead bodies don’t usually look this content,' Taylor writes in the chilling “A Wonderful Job at Dove Lane.” Trust protagonist Patti and trust her creator. These women know of what they speak."
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40 years of nursing experience is reflected in Zero to Ten, a memoir by Patricia Taylor. From her first harrowing experiences on the maternity floor to her work in a psychiatric unit to caring for dying patients, Taylor represents the compassion all nurses have. She has both the composure and skills to listen to all patients, where they are in pain, angry, deceptive or psychotic. Two of the most moving stories in this collection are Sex on the Beach, describing the death of a gifted psychiatrist from AIDS and I’ll Fly Away. This chapter is an emotional recount of the last days Taylor spent caring for her dying mother. All these stores are revealing and interesting. Some deal with medical practices no longer in use, some with the frustrations of hospital hierarchy and others with the inner strength need to deal with difficult patients. All are very readable and show how many changes there have been in medical care in recent years. 5 stars.
Thank you to NetGalley and Patricia Taylor for this ARC.
After twenty-three as an RN, I found myself relating to so many of Patricia Taylor’s personal accounts. There are so many nuances involved in a nurse’s day that are tough to communicate. When someone says, “how as your day?” I am always torn about what to say. Do I tell them the truth and flood them with details they were not prepared for? Or do I brush off all the amazing things I had the privilege of doing and minimize my job? Is there a balance? Yes! In this collection of stories, Patricia invites you to pull up a chair and listen. There is a wide variety of experiences as well as her thoughts and takeaways. This is an enlightening read for all nurses, of all levels of experience. I think it would even be good for those who are considering becoming a nurse. Thank you for authentically sharing your stories! While I do not agree with all things, these are her experiences. There are some triggering situations that may be tough for some readers.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley and all opinions expressed are solely my own, freely given.