Suffering Compassion Fatigue?

  • New York Times bestseller
  • #2 on the Los Angeles Times list
  • Featured in Book of the Month Club 
  • Featured in Nurses Book Club, 
  • Publisher Weekly’s list for six weeks
  • “The Nurse’s Story” screenplay was completed by Mario Puzo and was submitted for a feature film or major TV series.

Over 40% of nurses are burnt out and dissatisfied in their careers

This book is a moving and important affirmation of courage. Of the power of Love and of tragedy redeemed by compassion. Here is a book that will shatter forever your casual assumptions about medicine, doctors, and especially about nurses.

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Do you still feel the passion to Help?
Can you still see the miracles? Or are you exhausted by Burnout?

An excerpt from the book:

“In the silent space between a stopped heart and the call for help lies everything I really am… Almost instantly, as I stand at the side of a patient’s bed, everything I know medicine to be, and not to be, computes. It is then that I do battle with death–or surrender–using another person as the field. And I don’t think for a minute think that I’ve always made the right decision. I have sometimes been too depressed to fight, and often too happy to relent.”

Nursing is backbreaking work that requires an extraordinary range of knowledge and talent-from physical stamina to highly technical knowledge. There is a huge amount of responsibility and a frustrating amount of accountability. What then keeps men and women in the profession? Gino insists that for most who serve patients at the bedside, nursing is a deep and abiding calling – a vocation, rather than a job or career.

In this book we follow the young nurse, Teri Daly through her entire career, from her early optimistic beginning as a nurse’s aide, through her grueling nights in Intensive Care as her education moves her farther and farther away from the bedside. The reader shares her nights with terminal patients as a private duty nurse or in hospice and finally encounters a nurse’s greatest professional danger – Nurse Burnout.. Compassion Fatigue.


Check Out What Other People Are Saying About This Book

A shattering, exhilarating book. A tribute to human dignity and courage.

Mario Puzo

Author of "The Godfather", Screenwriter for "Superman"

Carol Gino has written a wonderfully moving book. She tells The Nurse’s Story with just the right blend of emotion, compassion and wisdom.

Harold S Kushner

Author of "When Bad Things Happen To Good People"

Gritty and honest. It has a fierce compassion.

Martha Lear

Author of "Heart Sounds"

Riveting, wrenching. Few nurse’s have experienced the range of cases this dedicate nurse describes: cancer, burn unit, emergency room, birth, brain damage…The writer is a vigorous, optimistic, caring woman. And she exudes frankness…

Review by, "Los Angeles Times"

A touching work, highly recommended for nursing, medical, and health sciences libraries…

Review by, "Library Journal"

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About the Author

Carol Gino is a registered nurse with a MA in Transpersonal Psychology whose twenty+ year career has included experience in almost every area of health care, from critical care nursing to hospice to teaching.

The Nurse’s Story was her first book, and her articles have appeared in New York magazine, Nursing, American Journal of Nursing, and The Chicago Tribune. She has done several cross-country media tours advocating patient rights and to change the Image of Nursing.

Several book clubs chose the Nurse’s Story and it was published in 9 foreign countries.

Her other books are:
Nurse’s Story – New York Times bestseller
Rusty’s Story – New York Times bestseller
Then An Angel Came – Award Winner
There’s An Angel In My Computer
Yardsale of Life and The 8 Coats of Meaning
Where Dreams Come True
The Azurite

Carol Gino spent 20 years in relationship with Mario Puzo, author of “The Godfather”. After his death in 1999, she completed his manuscript of “The Family,” which was also a best seller.