- Taschenbuch: 320 Seiten
- Verlag: Twelve; Auflage: Reprint (29. Juli 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1455574139
- ISBN-13: 978-1455574131
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,3 x 2,2 x 20,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.536.720 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 29. Juli 2014
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"Put this one on the shelf next to Ann Rule's classic about Ted Bundy, The Stranger Beside Me - it's that good. Grade: A"―Entertainment Weekly
"A stunning book...that should and does bring to mind In Cold Blood....the story appeals to prurient interests, as does any graphic tale of true crime. But THE GOOD NURSE succeeds in being about much more than Mr. Cullen's murderous kinks. The causes of his pathology are not interesting. But the eagerness of ambitious hospital administrators to cover up his misdeeds is revelatory. And the police investigation that brought him down is a thriller in every sense of that word."―Janet Maslin, New York Times
"The most terrifying book published this year. It is also one of the most thoughtful.... From a long series of conversations with Cullen, the detectives who solved the case and Amy, a nurse who once was Cullen's best friend and eventually got him to confess, among many other sources, Graeber has crafted a book that is a revelation. THE GOOD NURSE is gripping, sad, suspenseful, rhythmic and beautifully documented (the endnotes to this book are impressive)."―Kirkus Reviews
"Graeber doesn't pull punches... A deeply unsettling addition to the true crime genre."―Publishers Weekly
"A standout true-crime book, one that doubles as both a thrilling horror story and a cautionary tale, and frightens and frustrates in equal measure."―The Boston Globe
"Absolutely frightening."―The Detroit News
"The story is consistently incredible, but credit it you must, for it is the truth... I couldn't put this book down."―PopMatters
"Fascinating and frightening... A scary page turner about one man's quiet reign of terror, those dedicated and brave enough to end it, and the dangers that can lurk in the places we may feel safest. "―BookReporter
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Charles Graeber is an award winning journalist and contributor to numerous publications including Wired, GQ, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Vogue, Outside Magazine, Men's Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, Travel + Leisure, and The New York Times, and an occasional guest on CNN, NPR, and other radio programs. As a former medical student and researcher, his co-authored papers appeared in scientific journals including Kidney International. His work has been honored with prizes including the Overseas Press Club award for outstanding international journalism, the New York Press Club prize for the year's best magazine spot news reportage, several National Magazine Award-nominations, and inclusion in numerous anthologies including The Best American Crime Writing, The Best American Science Writing, The Best American Business Writing and The Best of National Geographic Adventure. Born in Iowa, he now lives in Nantucket, MA and Brooklyn, NY. For more information, you can visit www.CharlesGraeber.com.
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Cullen is clearly a damaged personality and it is interesting to me that some of his co-workers perceived him as a "good nurse"... was it because he kept to himself, made the coffee, and was always working overtime? It certainly does need seem to be because of compassion, caring, safety, ethical practice, and leadership skills; the things I believe make a good or excellent nurse. Are nurses so overworked and stressed that simply having a seemingly competent nurse in place to lower our nurse-patient ratios deems them a good nurse?
The book clearly details how the system from beginning to end failed to address this man's murderous acts. As a nursing faculty member myself, I had the concerns whether signs of Charles Cullen's issues likely started to emerge in nursing school and went undetected as for 16 years he moved out into the professional world.
While the author provides some detail around Cullen's background, I did feel I wanted to know more about him. I also was still very much bothered by the title as I was reading the book. This lead me to emailing the author and having an ongoing verbose email exchange over several days. Mr. Graeber was prompt with his in-depth replies and both generous and gracious with his thoughts. He mentioned that he did not go into more detail about Cullen himself, because the man was fairly uninteresting as a personality, and that the true horror of this story revolves around how the system failed to protect the victims and the victims' families, as the facilities and the administrators seem to have avoided persecution. He explained to me how the title emerged for him and he told me of his own ideas around "doing good" vs. being a good moral agent. I have to agree with the author here, and it seems justice has not been served, and the systems and administrators themselves should be held liable and accountable for many of Cullen's murderous acts. If you thought you could trust your local hospital to provide you with caring, safe, professionals, this read might change your mind. As a concerned public we need to let our outrage around the actions of these institutions be known and continue to call for justice to be served: there is no statue of limitations around murder charges and I would deem a number of these institutions to be key players in the ongoing murders. Civil action should be the least of these facilities and administrators' worries.
Some of the best parts of the book detail the heroes who emerge as the drama around Cullen's eventual "capture" unfolds. The investigating team and the truly good nurse emerge in ways that are memorable and call upon us all to live up to our highest ethical standards when it comes to protecting patients.
I do think that nurses, patients, and administrators should be reading this book, bringing light to the darkness of the situation, and that agendas should be developed for better protecting the public.