A Final Arc of Sky

A Final Arc of Sky

A Memoir of Critical Care

Book - 2009
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Random House, Inc.
A critical care and emergency flight nurse, Jennifer Culkin is no stranger to death and its dramas, or the urgency that accompanies them. Her memoir plunges us into the chaos of emergency medicine at all altitudes, masterfully reflecting on the most pivotal moments of our lives and the beautiful fragility of our mortality.


A critical care and emergency flight nurse, Jennifer Culkin is no stranger to death and its dramas, and her memoir plunges the reader into both. Aboard the Agusta A109A helicopter, we see through her eyes as she is entrusted with the life of a teenager wrenched from the wreckage of a head-on collision. In the intensive-care nursery, we take each tenuous breath with an eleven-ounce preemie she struggles to ventilate. Tempering her profound insights about mortality with humor, Culkin explores the rich borderland that lies between person and profession as she cares for her dying mother, widowed father, and, eventually, as she adjusts to life with multiple sclerosis, herself.

Baker & Taylor
A critical-care and emergency nurse shares dramatic case stories ranging from her attendance of accident victims in a helicopter to her NICU work helping to save premature infants, in a memoir that is interspersed with the writer's thoughts about how her career extends into her personal and family relationships.

Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, c2009
ISBN: 9780807073292
Branch Call Number: 610.73092 C8975f 2009
Characteristics: 240 p. ; 26 cm


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Jul 03, 2012

Book started out great with interesting stories of her job as a flight nurse. Then she started writing about her family life and it was not so interesting.


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