Alexandra Robbins
  "I was hooked" - The New York Times Book Review
On The Overachievers: "Impossible to put down" - People
"Quick and riveting" - Entertainment Weekly
"Engrossing . . . An easy read" - Publisher's Weekly
"Compelling investigative journalism" - BookPage

Author, Speaker, Journalist

Alexandra Robbins

NEW BOOK: Order now to receive it in time for Mother’s Day and National Nurses Week.

“A rich, fast-paced book about heroic, neglected professionals. *Editor’s recommendation.” – Barnes & Noble 

Lively narrative by Alex Robbins, author of Goodreads BEST NON-FICTION BOOK of the yearIn this lively, fast-paced narrative, Robbins, author of Goodreads' BEST NONFICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR, draws readers into a brilliantly captivating in-depth investigation of the extraordinary working lives of nurses and the shocking behind-the-scenes secrets that present and future patients and their loved ones need to know.


The Nurses is told through the real-life stories of four women in different hospitals: Molly, funny, well-loved, and confident enough to quit a longtime job after her hospital ramps up its anti-nurse policies.


Lara, a superstar nurse who tries to battle her way back from a near-ruinous prescription-drug addiction. The outspoken but compassionate Juliette, a fierce advocate for her patients.

And Sam, a first-year nurse, struggling to find her way in a gossipy mean-girl climate she likens to “high school, except for the dying people.”


Readers will root for these bedside heroes, who operate in a world filled with joy and violence, miracles and heartbreak, dark humor and gripping drama. It’s a world of hazing—“nurses eat their young.” Sex—not exactly like on TV, but more prevalent than many imagine. Drug abuse—disproportionately a problem among the best and the brightest. True-life archetypes—the handsome, suave doctor, the patient brought back from death, the hunky male nurse. And bullying—by peers, by patients, by hospital bureaucrats, and especially by doctors, an epidemic described as lurking in the “shadowy, dark corners of our profession.”


The result is a riveting page-turner, insightful and thought-provoking, that will leave readers feeling smarter about their healthcare and undeniably appreciative of the incredible nurses who provide it.

·       “The author has a gift for writing fact like fiction” – Kirkus Reviews

·       “Dishes eye-opening material.” – Publisher’s Weekly·    

 “A fascinating and somewhat alarming examination of the contemporary nursing profession. Robbins not only shows, she tells in this revealing expose of the modern day state of nursing. It is an eye-opener not to be missed. *Nonfiction choice of the month.” – EarlyWord

“Anyone who has ever set foot in a hospital – or might in the future -- would do well to read this book. With page turning prose, Robbins pulls back the curtain on a world rife with joy and challenge. It’s brutally honest, emotional, and most of all, a paean to nurses -- the people who help us live, die, and survive every day.” Rachel Simmons, author, ODD GIRL OUT

 “Nurses are the unseen warriors of the hospital system, part of a ‘secret club’ of heroes with its own rules and codes. They’re also strong-willed, flawed human beings made of flesh and (unafraid of) blood, rendered here in stunning detail. This fascinating and compulsively readable book even has a few tricks that could save your life. First tip: Don’t get sick in July.” —Mickey Rapkin, author, PITCH PERFECT



Lectures available on:
  • "The Pressure to Succeed": a lecture for high school and middle school students, parents, teachers, and communities about calming down during the schooling years
  • "How to Figure Out What to do With Your Life": a lecture for college students and young adults
  • "The Secrets of Popularity: Being Excluded Doesn't Mean Anything's Wrong With You": a lecture for high school and middle school students, parents, teachers, and communities about social pressures
  • Pledged and related Greek issues
  • Stress, pressure, and alcohol awareness
  • The Quarterlife Crisis and other college and twentysomething issues
  • Secrets of the Tomb, Skull and Bones
  • Journalism, writing, and publishing
  • Other lecture and seminar topics available upon request

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