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TN Read-Along #18: The Good Nurse Live Chat

Submitted by on March 17, 2014 – 12:13 PM11 Comments


The Good Nurse live chat is happening tomorrow — that’s Tuesday March 18 — at 1 PM Eastern!

If you can’t make it, feel free to post in the comments and/or watch it back later, but we hope you can pair your lunch (or late breakfast) with a weird-prose discussion!

Any problems seeing the window, which is below and will launch at 1 PM, let me know!





  • Leigh in CO says:

    Weird prose. Yes.

  • Lore says:

    In terms of the next recommendation–has anyone read “Murder in Peking” by Paul French?

  • OneoftheJanes says:

    Didn’t read the book, enjoying the comments. Especially because every time somebody types “Cullen” I think they mean Edward. It adds a very entertaining dimension to both Graeber and Meyer.

  • RJ says:

    @OneoftheJanes, Charlie had an older brother named Edward (but they called him Butchy)! That was my big takeaway, lol.

  • RJ says:

    Oh, and despite all the disappointing prose, I was most disappointed that the book didn’t have any photos in it. I get that some names were changed, etc., but I’d expect pictures of Charlie, the court proceedings, a Pyxis machine, the hospital buildings, something… I think that would have helped ground the story for me more.

  • Nicole says:

    In case anyone’s interested, here’s a link to part one of the 60 Minutes interview with Cullen

    And part 2:

  • attica says:

    So sorry I missed the chat.

    The thing that stays with me (even more than the weird writing) is the behavior of the various hospitals. Their to-a-one reaction to just get Cullen out without bringing in authorities of any kind mystifies me. I mean, I get it in that it’s a response you see played out not just in instances like this, the Pedophile Priest thing, the Sandusky thing, in business, on Wall Street, in families, even. But even as I get it, I just. don’t. get. it.

    I worked for a bank once upon a time (and the quoting of the cop’s using this as an example stuck out to me as dopey), and had two separate occasions of employees stealing. In both cases, once management had evidence, cops were called — right that minute — and off went the perp. In one case, it was a co-worker. In another, I was management and it was an employee of mine. I was terrified that I’d be fired for the failures in procedure that led to him getting away with it for as long as he did, but I wasn’t even reprimanded. When the public got wind of it, there was a collective understanding that People are gonna do Bad Things; We stopped it as soon as we knew and made what restitution we could. Who can ask for more?

    In a hospital setting, there’s worry about lawsuits. But there’s growing evidence that transparency about bad outcomes, whether by error or the actions or a malefactor (and apologizing for them out loud) reduces the likelihood of malpractice suits. There’s nothing lost by going to the authorities as soon as you can (that you haven’t already lost), and to gain? Well, in the case of these hospitals, look at all the lives that might not have been lost.


    Sidenote: a week after the guy got hauled off in cuffs, I got an Unemployment Benefits request with his name on it. The balls on some people, you know?

  • Sandman says:

    Super-late to the party, but I wanted you to know that “could have used a little Merkerson” is my new favourite thing.

  • Leigh in CO says:

    “Butchy” made me think that wonderful/terrible show John from Cincinnati, which will live forever in my house. “Dump out, Butchie. Dump out.”

    My takeaway.

  • Sandman says:

    Sorry I mistranscribed/mangled “could have used a Merkerson.” Still: lovely.

  • avis says:

    OMG now I can feel mice crawling in my chest! Ick!

    @attica “Sidenote: a week after the guy got hauled off in cuffs, I got an Unemployment Benefits request with his name on it. The balls on some people, you know?”

    For some reason I thought you had received the request from the serial killer, which was very confusing for a moment.

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