Year of the Nurse: A 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic Memoir

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MEMOIR BIOGRAPHICAL

Contemporary

Cassandra Alexander

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Year of the Nurse: A Covid-19 Pandemic Memoir is Cassandra Alexander's poignant effort to come to grips with suicidal ideation and PTSD after being a covid nurse in an ICU in 2020.

Genre

Memoir,Biographical

Short Summary

The irony of me feeling suicidal at work, where I was supposed to be keeping people alive, right before I had my breakdown and was diagnosed with PTSD from being a covid RN.


Me finishing this book in July 2021. It's comprised of original essays and my chronological journals, tweets, and emails from attempting to save lives, including my own, from March 2020 thru July 2021.

Setting

Bay Area ICU

Based on a True Story

Yes

Plot - Premise

Voyage and Return

Plot - Other Elements

Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: Cassie Alexander

Age: 45 (because she's me. Could be anyone from 25-45 though.)

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Decisive,Blunt,Selfless,Outspoken,Skillful,Funny,Empathetic,Desperate,Confident,Complex,Aggressive,Badass,Adventurous,Sarcastic,Strong Moral Code,Unapologetic,Lone Wolf,Leader,Honorable,Educated,Heroic,Naive,Underdog

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Development Pitch

Fuck all the pretty medical drama bullshit you see on TV. Year of the Nurse is my sarcastic, cuss-filled, heartbreaking memoir about how volunteering to be a covid RN in March 2020 broke me and how I barely put myself back together again. This book is the real deal -- my actual experiences, as they happened to me, at the ICU bedside -- because in addition to being a nurse, I'm a professional author and a profligate journaler. I kept track of everything that happened to me as a nurse for an entire year, and Year of the Nurse is my story chronologically told through intensely personal essays, tweets, and news-headlines from the concurrent times as they happened. It spans from me volunteering to take care of the first covid patients my hospital had, the visceral horrors of running out of PPE, watching half of our country give no shits if I and others died, my own mother getting covid because she wouldn't listen to me, and me taking way too many benzos to survive. I wound up with PTSD and suicidal ideation, having sacrificed my physical and mental wellbeing for a country that wanted (and arguably still does want) to watch us burn. This book would make an excellent film for any actress who wanted to prove her range through the most intense and real experience anyone could likely ever have. It would also lend itself to a limited episode series, à la Chernobyl. Year of the Nurse has a 4.4 out of 5 star rating on Amazon, out of 255 reviews in less than four months.

About The Author

Cassie Alexander is a registered nurse and author. As Cassandra, she's written the Year of the Nurse: A Covid-19 Pandemic Memoir, detailing her time as an ICU RN during covid conditions. As Cassie, she's written numerous paranormal romances, sometimes under the name Cassie Lockharte with a friend. She lives in the Bay Area with one husband, two cats, and one million succulents.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: self-published (by a professional author)

Year Published: 2021

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

978-1-955825-07-8

Genre

DRAMA

Brief

A nurse describes her routine during the Covid pandemic, from her tasks as a nurse to her more personal life that was somehow affected by the pandemic. She even shows the tweets she exchanged at the time and how she handled the government’s sometimes misguided orders and anti-vaccination citizens.

Overall Rating

GOOD

Point of View

FIRST PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: FAIR

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: FAIR

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: FAIR

Premise: FAIR

Structure: FAIR

Theme:

Accuracy of Book Profile

It is accurate.

Draw of Story

It’s an honest diary of a nurse who saw the devastating force of Covid up close. As it is the health professional’s report, the narrative brings details unknown to the general public, which sounds curious, at least.

Possible Drawbacks

Yes, because it is a long report that works more as a description of events than, in fact, as a narrative construction in itself. Not that the narratives are not attractive, but by repeating the same descriptive form throughout the book, reading becomes a little challenging.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

After two years of a pandemic, the hook is to know the exhausting day-to-day of health professionals.

Fanbase Potential

Not a broad audience, because many people try to avoid the topic after two years of a pandemic, but it could attract curious people about a nurse’s day-to-day in times of a global pandemic.

Awards Potential

It depends on how the narrative construction is going to be conducted. Using the book as source material for an essay on healthcare workers in times of a pandemic could increase the odds of awards at this present time.

Envisioned Budget

MEDIUM BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

MOROCCO, LOVE IN TIMES OF WAR: A GROUP OF NURSES CARES FOR WOUNDED SOLDIERS OF WAR. THOSE PEOPLE START TO OCCUPY THEIR LIVES ENTIRELY. CONTAGION: AN EPIDEMIC SPREADS ACROSS THE PLANET, AND DOCTORS NEED TO IDENTIFY THE VIRUS IN ORDER TO STOP IT AND CALM THE POPULATION.

What’s New About the Story

It is original because it is a personal account and quite complete from the perspective of health professionals; however, the way the story is told could be improved so that, in addition to informing, the audience would also be touched by the way the story is told.

Lead Characters

Cassandra is an excellent real-life character in this challenging and traumatic environment. She gives us a raw and candid account of her personal problems and her daily life during the pandemic. She is a strong woman who plays a vital role in the book and real life.

Uniqueness of Story

It’s rare gem as content, not as narrative structure. It would take extensive adaptation work so that the source material could serve a fictional work.

Possible Formats

TV Series: Limited Run / Mini-Series, Unscripted

Analyst Recommendation

WORK IN PROGRESS

Justification

It is a work in progress because it has an immensity of content to work with, but it will also require extensive work to adapt.

Tips for Improvement

Despite having a structure divided by months, in the form of a diary, so that the reader can understand the chronology of the pandemic and the growing exhaustion in which health professionals find themselves, it would be interesting to see a looser narrative, more interconnected by facts and actions that move the story forward. As much as the author recounts traumatic situations of her day, the language ends up not touching as the theme has the potential to. A change in the tone of the narrative could improve this. If the adaptation moves into a fictional product, it would be nice to engage more in the presentation of the protagonist rather than the pandemic itself. The pandemic should work just as a background. It would be nice to see how the pandemic impacts her more than patients and other people around her. If the adaptation is aimed at a documentary, the book would serve as a powerful source material with a lot of solid content. But it would be interesting to include other characters to open up the narrative a little and focus on nurses in general, rather than a single character. As we are still experiencing the pandemic somehow, it might be more interesting to wait a while before adapting so that the public can briefly distance themselves from the pandemic to get interested in it again.