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Memories of a Mental Nurse [Kindle Edition]

Robert Panton
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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A poignant, often amusing, occasionally hilarious and also, sometimes tragic recollection of a mental health nurse. The account recalls his first step onto the ward in the mid nineteen seventies as a horrified new recruit who hadn't realised the implications of what he had signed up for,but who nevertheless came to love his job and the people he worked with. He didn't expect locked doors to be the norm on some of the wards he would work on, or patients to be secluded in a 'cell,' neither had he heard of ECT (Electrical Convulsive Therapy), as well the other various 'therapies' the patients endured.
This account goes through his student nurse training right up until the closing of the hospitals in which he worked and the sadness and pathos that it all entailed, both to the patients and also to the staff.
This account/biography is not just for those who are interested in psychiatric nursing and it's history, but it is also for people who are really interested in people.
NB. This copy has overcome the technical issues that existed in the first edition.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 312 KB
  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1484181506
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006H7SKQQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,411 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars . 26 Jun. 2012
By Denise
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Well done to this author,i couldnt put it down till i had read the last page.Cant wait to see any other works from them.Clearly shows how mental health has come a long way and more acceptible today.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars None 23 May 2012
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This is a good, honest autobiography on one person's role in working with vulnerable adults. It shows the humour to be found in this role but is not laughing at those in the writer's care. It also shows how tough and emotionally draining but very rewarding the work can be.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 22 July 2012
By Aimee J
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This book was a thoroughly brilliant read, you really feel as though you are part of the experience of Mental Health Nursing, the ups and downs of the authors career was very real and reminded me a lot of my own experiences in the care sector. By the time i got to the end of the book i confess to feeling very sad that these hospitals were closing. It was very much the end of an era and it mostly goes unsaid about how much these institutions played a massive part in patients lives. Yes we have come along way but these institutions were also a respite for individuals with mental health illnesses, WELL DONE!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but too many errors 17 July 2012
By Lwcc
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I quite enjoyed this book, however the poor grammar and spelling ruined it for me. It totally detracts from what you are reading when there are commas everywhere but where they should be, names not capitalised, and simple spelling errors.

A little proof reading goes a long way.... Otherwise, quite a good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gives a good brief 29 April 2014
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I really liked the point of view of Panton. I would be happy for him to be my nurse. Having been both a staff member and then later a patient I have seen both sides of the coin. This really gives a good account of working in mental health, describing the funny things that happen while not being patronising about patients.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very rewarding read 28 April 2014
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I saw this title and knew that I had to read it. I have spent many years as a psychiatric patient and I wanted to read about life in psychiatrics from another point of view. I couldn't put it down and found myself thinking I would like to have been nursed by Robert Panton. I think the book also asks the question whether the old "asylums" should have been closed. I think if they hadn't I would probably still be in one now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 1 April 2014
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I really enjoyed this book. It made me realize how hard these people work with people suffering from mental illness. A good insight in the horrors and heartbreaking stories of sufferers.
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3.0 out of 5 stars . 1 Nov. 2013
By caron
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After reading this book I seriously hope things have changed a lot in Mental Health.
Somehow I'm not so sure though!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book
I love this book!
It was so easy to read and its a perfect mirror of how things where at that time!
I found this book truly inspiring and funny.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars memories of a mental nurse
a great book very detailed and well written compelling chapters you wont want it to end educational compelling and superbly written
Published 18 months ago by laura jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Expected...
Going through a social work course which includes mental health I was hoping for a more in detail read from a previous mental health nurse detailing the nitty gritty of the job... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mummy Pig
5.0 out of 5 stars mental nurse
Funny book light read, some more serious parts to it but overall a good read, well presented and set out
Published 21 months ago by adrianne
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read
I found this book interesting and amusing. The book is written in a way that you feel the author is just talking to you, telling you about his journey to become a nurse and of... Read more
Published 23 months ago by lin60mc
5.0 out of 5 stars Endearing and provocative
As someone who has been cared for by the current mental health service, it was interesting to compare what it used to be like and how it is now. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Stacey Pollard
2.0 out of 5 stars Disapointed
As a mental health nurse I was drawn into wanting to read this book and finding out the author was writting about his experiences during the seventies, when the profession was very... Read more
Published 23 months ago by William Adams
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
A very interesting account of life working in a mental hospital from employees and a marvellous insight at what patients experience good bad happy and sad.
Published on 18 Jan. 2013 by mrsdanielle clarke
2.0 out of 5 stars Memories of a mental nurse
As a mental health nurse I found this book frustrating!
Although interesting it was lacking in insight and it could have been more political
Published on 11 Dec. 2012 by Ruannp
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