Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Theresa Brown’s book Critical Care is a great read for anyone interested in learning how a nurse gets through her own critical first year of nursing. Brown was a Tufts English writing professor who gave it up to become a nurse. She writes with clarity and with empathy for her patients. The book highlights several pivotal moments in her career and shows how she had to learn about the profession and about herself in an effort to better serve the patients that she cared for.

Brown understands her role as a nurse and caregiver. Later in the memoir, she shows how the roles are reversed when she suffers a loss and becomes a patient herself. Brown’s writing is candid and the feelings are real and expressed in a way to draw the reader in. It is easy to forget that Critical Care isn’t fiction, but a true account of a nurse as she finds her place in a profession she truly believes she can improve with her input.

Rating: 4/5

Interested in other medical non-fiction? Check out our other reviews:

The Color of the Atmosphere by Dr. Maggie Kozel

Health Scare: The Truth Behind America’s Health Care Crisis by Rene P. Moret

Surviving Your Doctors by Richard Klein, MD

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

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