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A Nurse in Time Paperback – 3 Mar 2011
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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)
A nostalgic nurse's memoir in the bestselling vein of Call the Midwife and Nurse on CallSee all Product description
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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.
For those interested in comparison to current nursing practice, it makes further interesting reading. So many times I hear how 'nursing should bring back matron' and positive references to the good ole days. However, Evelyn Prentis clearly shows this isn't an obvious solution. Matron may have meant someone was accountable, but it fed a culture of heirarchy and bullying, which combined with more cleaning duties than actual nursing/ caring means that patient care is detached and cold. Our standards have definitely improved! For example, just one paragraph mentions a group of masked men who come and steal babies from the children's ward, but that's it, and the reader is left with a host of questions as to who they are, what happened next, etc. This event didn't even appear to raise an eyebrow from the author who spends most of her time being concerned with getting a cigarette and something to eat, whilst avoiding the wrath of anyone more senior.
A well written insight into a harsh reality that I am grateful to read about rather than endure.
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.
This is a story about the Authors time training as a nurse in the 1930's and wow what a difference to my training. Some of the things they had to do in those days. I would never made it for three weeks let alone 3 years!! I thought our ward Sisters were evil, they were pussy cats compared to the 30's Sisters. The verbal abuse they suffered from Sisters Staff Nurses and of course the awful Matron they got to see regularly for misdemeanour's such as being 3 minutes late for duty and talking to patients. I had it easy...very easy!
Looking forward to reading my way through her books, next on the list A Nurse in Action
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This is the humorous and touching story of a nurse's training in the 1930s, and I enjoyed it to the extent that I read it in two evenings. Read morePublished on 22 Jun. 2015 by Amazon Customer
I fully enjoyed this book, humorous, interesting and learning how it was to train as a nurse in those days.Published on 6 Sept. 2014 by Rosanne Noakes
The same as 'A Nurse and Mother' - A Nurse in Time was also a most excellent story and made that much more interesting as our Daughter has spent a lifetime in the Nursing... Read morePublished on 23 Aug. 2014 by Phil