Angels On The Night Shift: Inspirational True Stories from the ER Paperback – Oct 1 2012
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About the Author
Bestselling author Dr. Robert Lesslie is a physician with more than 30 years of experience in fast-paced, intense ER environments. He is now the co-owner and medical director of two urgent-care facilities. He has written many books (including Angels in the ER over 200,000 copies sold) as well as newspaper and magazine columns and human-interest stories. He and his wife, Barbara, live in South Carolina."
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The author demonstrates the conflicts and subsequent resolutions not only on a medical but a spiritual level that accompany working on the nightshift in an ER. There are mysteries, problem solving; not only on a diagnostic but human personality level. I can honestly say this is one of the best books I have ever read, and would recommend it to anyone, whether you are interested in medical issues or not for it is very "human" in it's nature.
With sympathy and concern, Dr. Lesslie brings stories of his work alive for readers. As a former ER RN, I believe his attitude as well as his skill helped the people he saw during their treatments and recovery.
The book also contains a mystery about who is stealing drugs from the ER supplies. A young hospital administrator is sure he knows the thief. His actions impact the efficiency of ER functioning and cause misery for some of the staff. Readers will wonder if this man's unwise accusations will be stopped.
at one of our local emergency rooms...Out of thankfulness and compassion, I had a
longing to know more about what nurses and doctors go through every day...This is one
of the best books a person could ever read, about real life in an emergency department.
There was something even more personal about this book, in his "Angels" series, be-
cause he wrote about some very heartfelt struggles of his fellow doctors and nurses...
It brought me to tears, at some points....I also feel like this book is an evolution
forward in his "Angel" books, because he finally wrote a chapter about near-death ex-
periences, and even a few real angel stories (from the Heavens)...I had been hoping
he would do this, ever since he wrote a chapter about "the Other Side" in "Angels In
the ER"....also because I believe many doctors and nurses are often close by, when
these spiritual experiences happen, even if they are not always aware of them, (and
often there is not enough time for us patients to tell the doctors and nurses)...The
chapter he shares in this book ("The Other Side") is very awe-inspiring, with a story
that is both a physical miracle and a spiritual miracle...and this near-death trans-
formation happened to an emergency medical technician!...I also truly love how Dr.
Lesslie portrays the quietly heroic and angelic side of many nurses and doctors.....
It becomes pretty clear that they have to be angel warriors, too....He is so good at
describing the complex emotions that his medical staff goes through, and he really
makes me care so much about them...Sometimes nurses will notice something that actually ends up saving a patient's life, yet nurses don't often receive the honor they deserve...(and perhaps they are so humble, they don't truly need to take credit for it)....Some of the saddest cases are the people with mental illness, or addiction, or abusive natures, who don't truly comprehend or appreciate how the doctors and nurses are trying to help them...These "Angel" books truly show some of the best and the worst of humanity....Dr. Lesslie always tries to see the compassion, in every situation...and he has faith in the goodness of people, no matter how much pain he encounters in the emergency room....He shows that doctors and nurses are truly human, but I also have so much respect for the service they give to us patients...Even amidst all of the heartbreak in the emergency room, there is a part near the end of the book, where the head nurse says, "Dr. Lesslie, there are different kinds of angels in this world, and I believe the Lord puts them in our lives when we need them most, at just the right time and at just the right place...." (while explaining the noble and angelic bond between a patient and his friend)...she goes on to say, "It's all more than I can understand, but I know it's all real..." I am so thankful to Dr. Lesslie, for writing these unique books....