Cooked: An Inner City Nursing Memoir

  1. Cooked: An Inner City Nursing Memoir


    Accurate accounting of Cook County life. February 2, 2006
    2 out of 2 found this review helpful

    I received a copy of the original release of this book from a friend and had to order my own to be a permanant part of my library. I worked at Cook County Hospital and was impressed with the accurate depiction of the condtions and atmosphere of this incredible institution at that time. It was not perfect, but I remember people striving to make it so along with the great compassion of many dedicated professionals working wth limited resources.

    This book took me on personal journey of remembrance, but I feel it can give anyone an insight into the workings of a hospital designed to serve the most needy in a big city.

    Having worked at a poor Philadelphia inner city teaching hospital starting in 1977 right after they closed PGH: Philadelphia General Hospital, last public charity hospital, can relate to this RN's story.
    Glad to see that RN's dedication to my first hospital have allowed it to remain open in 2007.

    Now I know what to get with my Christmas Amazon gift certificate!
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   bethin
    Karen, I read that book years ago and loved it. I wanted to see what it's really like in an inner city hospital.

    Also read a book about flight nursing but the name escapes me at the moment. The nurse was brand new in flight and was learning as she went along. She transported one small infant STAT, thinking it was nothing and that the ER dr was green, fresh out of med school. Baby died later d/t infection of the umbilical cord.

    Another book I read and the name escapes me (sorry, I've been studying chemistry all day) was set in the largest hospital in Atlanta. Interviewed several nurses who described their work, their home life, education, etc. Very interesting read. Talked to alot of burn nurses - one thing I don't think I could do.

    If anyone is interested in these books, let me know. I'll call my mom and have her email the titles to me. I left my collection at my parents house.
  4. by   WickedRedRN
    Ooooh, I am going to have to hunt this one down, sounds great!

    Bethin, was the flight nurse one called "Trauma Junkie"? I have read that one and loved it, the other one you mentioned did not ring a bell but sounds good too!
  5. by   bethin
    Quote from LoriRN2B
    Ooooh, I am going to have to hunt this one down, sounds great!

    Bethin, was the flight nurse one called "Trauma Junkie"? I have read that one and loved it, the other one you mentioned did not ring a bell but sounds good too!

    "Trauma Junkie" sounds right.


    The other book is "Nursing in America: One Year Behind the Nursing Stations of an Inner City Hospital." It's set in Memphis, not Atlanta as I had thought.

    Amazon.com: Nursing America: One Year Behind the Nursing Stations of an Inner-City Hospital: Books: Sandy Balfour
  6. by   anonymurse
    Quote from LoriRN2B
    Ooooh, I am going to have to hunt this one down, sounds great!
    http://www.arcaniapress.com/

    (The PayPal link doesn't work, I printed the order form page out and mailed it in with a check.)

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