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- Listening Length: 7 hours and 8 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 2 Aug. 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008RZMYQ8
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Confessions of a Male Nurse Audio Download – Unabridged
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It is exactly what the title suggests. Michael Alexander ( a pseudonym for obvious patient confidentiality reasons) tells us about his sixteen years as a male nurse in both New Zealand and London in a series of short anecdotal chapters. And what experiences he has had! The cover picture suggests humour and there is a degree of this in the book although for me it has more of an overriding air of humanity as Alexander is clearly someone of great compassion who cares for his fellow man (and woman).
We are taken through a challenging start to his career as the only male nurse in a gynaecological ward and then on through surgical wards, periods as an agency nurse, the horrors of A&E and the difficulties of working with psychiatric patients. The problems of working with know-it-all doctors, couldn't care less colleagues and belligerent patients in sometimes short-staffed, sometimes dirty but occasionally pleasant wards are outlined in a very well written, extremely believable and insightful book. Although he has plenty to moan about, I am pleased to say that the author is not a moaner and his upbeat style makes this an interesting, educational and very enjoyable read.
This is a humorous, easy-to-read, well-written book that I highly recommend to, not only healthcare workers, but to anyone wanting an entertaining read.
I am a (male) nurse myself and in honesty, I hate that term - I am a nurse....!
Everything in this book the author describes, IS as it really happens....!
He truthfully describes the ups and downs of nursing, from the male perspective.
I urge you to read this book, you will laugh, you may cry, but hopefully you will see what we have to deal with.
One because it was so cheap and I thought it was worth a shot and two because of the good reviews,
I loved it!
Interesting, funny, sad, honest, heart warming.
Definitely recommend this!
Confessions of a Male Nurse is a volume that may hold particular interest to those interested in comparisons between the NHS and other healthcare systems. The protagonist is trained in New Zealand, and spends much of the book practising there, but also spends some years in the NHS in London. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel that the differences were pulled out very clearly in the narrative, which felt like a lost opportunity.
In both Confessions of a GP and this volume, the protagonists admit some ethically dodgy behaviour. In GP, these felt like genuine dilemmas, and made me appreciate the reasons behind the course of action taken – even when I didn’t agree with them. The confessions in Male Nurse, however, were of a wholly different type. The behaviour of the protagonist often struck me as entirely inappropriate, and the justifications for it were poor. For example, there are several anecdotes in which nursing colleagues are providing wholly substandard care, and causing bodily harm to patients. Our protagonist reasons that, as a bank nurse, he shouldn’t complain or he won’t get work in the institution again. And so, the appalling behaviour continues.
I would like to think that I would not do the same. I’ve never been a bank nurse, but I have been a junior doctor, and I have – particularly when patients have come to harm – reported incidents in which colleagues have made errors. I’ve reported incidents involving senior colleagues on at least two occasions. This isn’t done in a vindictive way. It isn’t done with the intention of assigning guilt.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the most funniest books I've read, made me laugh and cry, did get a bit boring towards the end, but all in all a good read.Published 15 days ago by Mia Reynolds
Well written, funny and touching. Made me want to buy and read the next book in the series. Learnt quite a few things too : )Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good book. Was a good read not overly long.
Behind the scenes and how nurses feel, what they put up.
True to life, outrageously funny in parts-------a great read!Published 4 months ago by Mary Ellen Ryan
After really enjoying both of the "Confessions of a GP" books, I decided to try this. I was disappointed - it doesn't come close to the humour of the others.Published 4 months ago by Stegsie
To say I have had this one on my kindle a while is I guess an understatement, so when I was looking for a little humour, something to make me laugh and lift... Read more
Loved this book! Have read other 'confessions of' books and by far this one is my favourite and as a health professional gave me a good giggle, as well as perfectly putting into... Read morePublished 6 months ago by LitteMissSmiles