has anyone read books by Echo Heron?

  1. I am taking pre-requisites for starting nursing school in the Fall of 2003. I have read 2 books by Echo Heron ( Intensive Care and Condition Critical). She has written other books, but these are the only 2 I have read so far. I was just wondering what your opinions of her books have. I love them. I was wondering if your experiences have been similar to what she writes about. I think she is amazing for being able to work in both CCU and ER. I am sure I wouldn't ask to work in both of those places at the same time. Thanks for your insights. Bye for now, Kimberly
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  3. by   Sleepyeyes
    I'm reading "Tending Lives" right now. I bought it for my daughter's birthday present and accidentally shipped it to me. Guess I'll send her an IOU. :chuckle:

    It's pretty awesome so far....
  4. by   neuroRN
    I have read both the books you listed "Intensive Care" and "Condition Critical". Does she have more than those out? I really liked reading her books. I read them before I started nursing school and really enjoyed reading them. Another good nursing story book is "Chicken Soup for the Nurses Soul".
  5. by   sunnygirl272
  6. by   it'sallbueno
    I love her books! Yes, she has written more; several "nurse mysteries." (No, not a la Nancy Drew.) "Panic," "Paradox," and "Fatal Diagnosis" are in the same vein (pardon the pun), These novels follow the same character in all three books, but will make sense independently. "Mercy", written in 1992, is also a mystery, but has more emotional "oomph" to it.

    She writes these mysteries with the same warped sense of humor and honesty as she has in her other novels. Enjoy!
  7. by   oramar
    Sunnygirl, the dog is gorgeous, the links don't work.
  8. by   TaraER-RN
    I have read intensive care, condition critical and tending lives...I loved all three of them, and yes a lot of them hit home. I'm just about done with my first year as a nurse, and realized I related to many of the stories...I need to look into her other books.
  9. by   azgirl
    I love all her books. I thought I had read them all but now see that there is one I missed. I haven't read tending lives. I really enjoyed the mysteries with all the nursing things mixed in. Great characters she has.
  10. by   JillyT
    I just read Tending Lives and am about to pick up Condition Critical. Having had no experience in a hospital setting yet, I've been reading these stories like a sponge. They are wonderful accounts and extremely insightful.
  11. by   sharann
    Read them all, enjoyed the true non-fiction ones most.
    She is a warped, nutcase whom I relate to very well!
  12. by   anotherRNinCali
    I read all three books - Tending Lives, Condition Critical and Intensive Care while I was in nursing school. I really loved them! Now that I am working in ICU, I understand a lot of her trials and insights. They are good reads, but I find that I do better spending my free time doing other things - not related to nursing. You have to recharge somehow!
  13. by   TaraER-RN
    now that I had seen that she has more books it made me interested in reading ones besides the three I have...I went on amazon.com and ordered three of the fiction ones. They were used, but o-well. Looks like they're not in print anymore...hmmm....
  14. by   Figaro's Mom
    I just ran across "Condition Critical" at the library yesterday!

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