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Ballantine Books, 1996 - Fiction - 375 pages
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From its gripping first page to its uplifting last, Nurses captures all the crisis, chaos, and craziness at the front lines of a big-city hospital and women's clinic. Funny, heart-wrenching, and always entertaining, Nurses opens the door to the lives of dedicated healers whose stories instantly become as real as our own.
Marty Lamb is a smart, savvy nurse practitioner who is director of New York's first and only nurse-run inner-city clinic, the Community Care Clinics of All Souls Women's Hospital. Heading a staff of tough, tenacious nurses, she wages the daily fight to keep the clinic running--battling administrators, executive committees, and doctors who'd rather see nurses be silent, submissive, and sexually available. And all the while Marty must help make the hard medical choices--about high-risk pregnancies, drug addicts with AIDs, and premature babies--that come with serving a poor community.
As the worse heat wave in years hits Manhattan, things are reaching the boiling point at CCC. Rumors that the hospital is being sold fuels tension as nurses pull double shifts, doctors demand less time for more money, and an inspection by the board of hospital accreditors threatens to close down the clinic. But Marty's problems are just beginning: someone is tampering with their lab tests, her best nurse has developed an addiction to painkillers, and vicious poison pen letters--from someone who seems to know everyone's deepest, darkest secrets--has the staff walking a razor's edge.
At the same time, Marty's private life seems to be on a high-speed collision course with disaster. Her schizophrenic husband, Owen, is suddenly released after years of hospitalization and shows up on herdoorstep. . .just as she's renewing a relationship with Dr. Paul Giordano, the new attending physician at CCC, who loved and left her long ago for mysterious reasons of his own.
Immediate, compelling, provocative, Nurses sweeps us into the dramatic lives of care givers, women you will laugh with, cry for and remember forever.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A fast-paced, unabashedly soap-operatic tale of love and betrayal in a hectic Manhattan clinic, the latest from the author of Like Mother, Like Daughter (1994), etc. Marty Lamb, Director of Community ... Read full review


User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Ripe for marketing comparisons to the popular television drama ER, which is set in the emergency room of a Chicago hospital, this novel takes place in a New York City women's clinic located in a large ... Read full review


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Marcia Rose worked for many years in a major metropolitan hospital in New York City, where she researched, designed, and wrote an award-winning magazine. She is the author of two other "true medicine" bestselling novels, Hospital and Admissions, as well as the New York Times bestseller All for the Love of Daddy; Songs My Father Taught Me; Like Mother, Like Daughter; and others.

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