As an ex CPN (retired), I found it incredibly easy to relate to this book and to some extent to the characters, which beautifully explains the love one can have for their profession. In more enlightened times the issues of unprofessional conduct with patients is better understood and the training program deals with transference issues successfully, in the main. Nonetheless the conflict often felt in dealing with the enormous complexity of human emotion and mental illness require a passions not common to other professions. Having qualified in General Nursing, as well as mental health, I can fully appreciate the vast differences in skills required, particularly the investment of myself as part of the therapeutic process, something my medically trained colleagues often failed to recognise. The 'Cinderella' service perspective and the attitudes of other nurses is very well understood, I have attested to much prejudice in my career.
I loved reading this book and would recommend it to anyone considering a career in mental health Nursing, many of the qualities espoused are still true today.