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Becoming a Nurse

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.

"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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