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Nostalgia with some fiction ?
on 10 September 2011
I trained in 1981 and was one of the last 'old school' trained nurses.
So many things were unchanged so this book had a real nostalgiac feel to it.
However I found some of the responsibilities unbelievable, although it was a time of "monkey see, monkey do, monkey teach" it was unlikely a second year student nurse would be left to suture a wound with no training whatsoever. Assist in suturing and dress a wound yes but to go in and suture a wound without even being trained is probably a little unbelievable.
Also as an A and E nurse for over 11 years I was of the belief the (Manchester) Triage system was first introduced to the hospitals in the 1990's and was never in place prior to this other than on battlefields ( where it was adapted from )
After saying that I have enjoyed the book and feel many old school nurses would too.