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Evelyn Prentis
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3 Mar 2011

'It must be stressed from the start that I was not a born nurse. Not every girl is. Not every nurse is either, however wholeheartedly she may throw herself into the project once she gets going. Born nurses can be easily recognised. They have a little something the others haven't got which never seems to desert them however desperate the circumstances may become'

Desperate circumstances were something Evelyn Prentis had to get very used to when she began her life as a nurse. It was in 1934 that Evelyn left home for the first time to enrol as a trainee at a busy Nottingham hospital in the hope of £25 a year.

A Nurse in Time is her affectionate and funny account of those days of dedication and hardship, when never-ending nightshifts, strict Sisters and permanent hunger ruled life, and joy was to be found in a late-night pass and a packet of Woodbines.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; Reprint edition (3 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091941350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091941352
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 12.3 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 272,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Perceptive, warm and very funny" (Sunday Telegraph)

"Funny and joyful" (Nursing Times)

"Highly amusing and entertaining" (Derby Evening Telegraph)

"Warm and funny ... with her dry humour, eye for life's quirkiness and her charming and self-deprecating manner, Evelyn might not have been a 'born nurse' but she was certainly a born writer. Don't miss her entertaining and often moving story" (Lancashire Evening Post)

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A nostalgic nurse's memoir in the bestselling vein of Call the Midwife and Nurse on Call

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How nursing once was. 10 Mar 2003
This book by Ms Prentis, gives a good account of nursing in the 20's and 30's, and if you are a nurse reading this book, it makes for a good "eye opener" into the trials and tribulations of a student nurse in her day. Nursing wasn't her "chosen" profession, it was chosen for her by her mother.
There wasn't much time for theory work in her day it was done by experiential learning, (alot of time the hard way), under some matriarchal matrons, who had the wrath of God if any of the students did anything wrong.
This book deserves respect of the greatest kind by any nurse reading it and she/he should compare to todays nursing. Others who aren't nurses should read and realise what a hard task nursing really is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absorbing and interesting read 15 April 2011
I enjoyed reading A Nurse in Time very much. Evelyn Prentis (though no longer with us) really brings to life her reluctant entry into nursing, telling of all the tough experiences along the way until qualifying, together with great friendship with her fellow trainee nurses, who really were there for each other, true friends throughout. Heartwarming, enjoyable, told with humour, and I shall look forward to the forthcoming book, A Nurse in Action.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An eye opener 13 Jan 2012
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This was the second one I have read and I agree with other reviewers that it is funny and a real insight into pre-war attitudes and nursing. I really wish those who go on about "the good old days of nursing" would read this. The only quibble I have is, although I do like the way Evelyn stands back and lets us make our own judgement, she comes across as emotionally too detached and cold as well as professionally detached. I do know she was probably a product of her generation but I certainly would not want to be nursed by her!!! Her coldness affects her writing at times, more so in the 3rd book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Queen of the genre 7 July 2011
Thoroughly enjoying all these medical autobiogs at the moment (not even my job, just really enjoying them!) this is one of the best. Self deprecating, witty, a cut above the rest!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - and often funny! 26 April 2011
By Liddy
Originally published in the 1970's, this book by the late Evelyn Prentis, is an excellent, illuminating - and often funny! - account of nursing in the 1930s. I was completely enthralled throughout the whole book. The re-print of the next installment is due this July and I will certanly be buying it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 26 Oct 2011
This is an excellent book - it was hard to put it down until it was finished! It was a lovely link to the past and i would recommend to anyone interested in the subject!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Nurse in Time 6 Oct 2011
By Jenna
One of the Best books I have read.I loved her humour, even through the hard times the nurses endured in the 1930s.The antics, her and the nurses in her group got up to,did make me laugh.
I was totally in the moment as Evelyn went through her nurse training.I would highly recommend this book, especially if like me you have been in nursing.I am a retired nurse of the 1960s.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fan 7 April 2014
By Jen den
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Good condition read it passed it on and is about to be sold in a car boat sale Good value
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great book for anyone.
Published 6 days ago by Duncan Snape
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, bought back some memories - funny when ...
Good read, bought back some memories - funny when you've been there and done that or very much the same !!
Published 22 days ago by navylady
5.0 out of 5 stars A factual tale of what it was like to be a trainee nurse in thet era
It appealed to me as an e xnurse, not of that vintage but certainly I can relate to many of her experiences. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Allan E Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars great fun
I really enjoyed this book, i keep recommending it to people and lending it.....In fact I do not know where it is now?? : ) I will have to buy it again
Published 7 months ago by Maria E Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
excellent true to nursing life very enjoyable still reading more books of this type please thanks keep up the good work
Published 8 months ago by arthur forte
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely story of nurses training in the 30,s
This is a must for anyone who loves stories of Nurses or who has been a nurse. or even to day nurses it would be quite interesting to compare the difference in the training regime. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Janette Hollingdale
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to read the next book
How did these girls cope with the training? I found myself thinking, go home, find another job, complain! Yet they stayed, coped and even had fun, amazing! Fascinating read.
Published 10 months ago by Mrs Rachel Carter
3.0 out of 5 stars Young nurses
Young nurses would benefit from reading this. It highlights the discipline that student nurses required to go through myself included. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. P. M. G. Hutchison
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Pre loved, in very good condition
Wife says yet another good read, in this series.
Story line super as expected with this author
Published 14 months ago by D1rk
4.0 out of 5 stars A nurse in time
Good really enjoyed this book would read a lot from this author. Love the nursing books have really got into them.
Published 16 months ago by Neenee
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