Life Support

By: Suzanne Gordon


Life Support offers an intimate and important look at what nurses do for patients and their families. It takes us right to the bedside on hospital wards and home visits, in clinics and emergency rooms, capturing the drama of nurses' work in the story of three RNs at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital. Gordon's workers are nurse practitioner Ellen Kitchen, who bicycles through poor neighborhoods in Boston to visit elderly patients at home; oncology nurse Nancy Rumplik, whose technical skill and emotional support enable cancer patients to endure some of the most terrifying high-tech medical treatments; and clinical nurse specialist Jeannie Chaisson, who helps new RNs and physicians begin their careers on a general medical floor. Life Support draws on the experience of these and other nurses to examine the history of their profession, the complex relationship between doctors and nurses, and the central role that nurses play in the final days of life, when care, not cure, is a patient's main concern.


Why did you choose this book?

I chose this book because I would like to be a surgeon when I am older. I wanted to learn about the risks and hectic experiences that nurses have to go through while working at a hospital.

Who would enjoy this book?

I believe that this book is more centered around adults who are already in the medical field, as well as college students who are willing to read more about their major.

Why is it a good read?

This book is worth reading if you have a dream of practicing in the medical field, or you would like to learn more about what nurses have to go through every day in a hospital.