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Not just for nurses!
on 4 November 2002
We initially bought this book as a gift for my husband’s sisters, both of whom trained in UK hospitals in the 1950s. Based on their glowing reviews, I decided to read it myself.
I am not a nurse nor am I from the U.K., but I am a contemporary of Jennifer Craig. Her book “spoke” to me. It made me realize, again, how narrow were the expectations for women in the 50s and yet how much we accomplished within those restraints -- not only in terms of career-training but in terms of just plain having fun.
Craig’s description of the range of personalities that she had to deal with -- the sisters, the matrons, the housemen, the specialists, the other nurses -- parallels the task we all face in getting along with our co-workers. We have learned much.
Certainly, the tasks and training of the 50s turned out sterling candidates -- and the gratitude we feel towards a compassionate and efficient nurse is still too often unexpressed.
This book is not only good reading for those of us who grew up in the 30s and 40s but a wonderful source of information to any young woman contemplating nursing as a career.
Craig has a deft touch and a wonderful sense of humour, as well as a strong sense of justice which I imagine has served her all her life. Hers is a most enjoyable book.