Nursing Book Club
E.R. Nurses: True Stories from America’s Greatest Unsung Heroes by James Patterson and Matt Eversmann
Nurses advocating for their patients and supporting each other
James Patterson is one of America’s ﬁnest storytellers, best known for his many popular mysteries and thrillers. For his new book, E.R. Nurses, cowritten with Matt Eversmann, he has chosen nonﬁction to tell the stories of 50 critical care nurses from across the country.
Nurses From All Backgrounds
The nurses featured in this book represent a broad section of the nursing profession: They work in cities and rural areas, on reservations, in both large and small hospitals. They include both men and women, young and old. The truths that they bring to the table are powerful and reveal much about what it really means to be a nurse today.
The nurses in this book come from many diﬀerent backgrounds. Some had abusive childhoods or encountered diﬃculty in school. At least one remained determined to be a nurse even though she repeatedly failed to win admittance to nursing school.
Some started as EMTs or medics, but those who did often describe a single incident that turned their course towards nursing, whether it was a medical event of their own or just a kind nurse who treated a family member and made a diﬀerence in their lives.
Most of these nurses are hardcore, eyes-wide-open types who tell it as they see it (although some of the stories could have been edited so as to be less shocking to those who don’t hang out in emergency departments). All are proud to do what they do, and happy to know that they’ve made a diﬀerence, even a small one, in someone else’s life.