A Nurse in Time

My Life as a Trainee Nurse in the 1930s

Author: Evelyn Prentis

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0091941350

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 1228

"'When do you have a bath?' I asked Mrs Turgoose. I hope you're not suggesting that I don't look after meself properly,' she said crossly. 'There was a woman who used to use it, but that was because she was a bit stuck up. She soon went off the idea when it started to get cold.' /i> fter working as a nurse for thirty years, Evelyn left the hospital to become a full-time Matron at The Lodge - a home for elderly ladies of reduced circumstances. Evelyn was nothing like the matrons she had known and feared in the past. In spite of broken nights and hot dinners left to get cold, Mrs Peters with her temper and Mrs Harrison with her 24-hour piano playing, her new role offered a chance to make a difference to her ladies' lives. Even though it did mean she was on call twenty-four hours a day, this is Evelyn's funny and affectionate memoir of her years - at last! - as a Matron."

Evelyn Prentis Bundle: A Nurse in Time/A Nurse in Action

Author: Evelyn Prentis

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448146828

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 640

View: 4428

Desperate circumstances were something Evelyn Prentis had to get very used to when she began her life as a nurse. It was in 1934 that Evelyn left home for the first time to enrol as a trainee at a busy Nottingham hospital in the hope of £25 a year. A Nurse in Time is Evelyn's affectionate and funny account of those days of dedication and hardship, when never-ending nightshifts, strict Sisters and permanent hunger ruled life, and joy was to be found in a late-night pass and a packet of Woodbines. The second memoir in this collection is A Nurse in Action. Surprising Matron as well as herself, Evelyn Prentis managed to pass her Finals and become a staff-nurse. Encouraged, she took the brave leap of moving from Nottingham to London - brave not least because war was about to break. Not only did the nurses have to cope with stray bombs and influxes of patients from as far away Dunkirk, but there were also RAF men stationed nearby - which caused considerable entertainment and disappointment, and a good number of marriages ... But despite all the disruption to the hospital routine, Evelyn's warm and compelling account of a nurse in action, shows a nurse's life would always revolve around the comforting discomfort of porridge and rissoles, bandages and bedpans.

A Nurse in Action

My Life as a Nurse During the Second World War

Author: Evelyn Prentis

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0091941377

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 8529

" We were quickly learning to live with war. At night the searchlights gave more light than we had seen since the blackout began. We used it to light our way to the shelters with the patients who could walk there. We became very proficient at moving them quickly when the sirens went. We were equally proficient at talking those who couldn't walk into believing that they would be safe where they were. Some believed us, others didn't.' fter her long years as a probationer, Evelyn Prentis managed to pass her Finals and become a staff-nurse. Filled with new courage, she took the brave leap from Nottingham to London brave not least because war was about to break. uddenly nurses found themselves coping with stray bombs, or a sudden influx of patients from places as far away Dunkirk, which would throw the hospital into disruption. In addition, there were RAF men stationed nearby, and suddenly there are hasty marriages and marriages delayed by lack of leave one of which also involves Evelyn. ut amongst it all, the life of a nurse in action still revolved around the comforting discomfort of porridge, rissoles, bandages and bedpans."

Matron in Charge

The Life of a 1960s Nurse

Author: Evelyn Prentis

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0091941369

Category: Nurses

Page: 320

View: 432

'It must be stressed from the start that I was not a born nurse. Not every girl is. Not every nurse is either, however wholeheartedly she may throw herself into the project once she gets going. Born nurses can be easily recognised. They have a little something the others haven't got which never seems to desert them however desperate the circumstances may become' Desperate circumstances were something Evelyn Prentis had to get very used to when she began her life as a nurse. It was in 1934 that Evelyn left home for the first time to enrol as a trainee at a busy Nottingham hospital in the hope of u25 a year. A Nurse in Time is her affectionate and funny account of those days of dedication and hardship, when never-ending nightshifts, strict Sisters and permanent hunger ruled life, and joy was to be found by in a late-night pass and a packet of Woodbines.

A Nurse and Mother

My Life as a Post-War Nurse

Author: Evelyn Prentis

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0091941385

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 5754

"'When do you have a bath?' I asked Mrs Turgoose. I hope you're not suggesting that I don't look after meself properly,' she said crossly. 'There was a woman who used to use it, but that was because she was a bit stuck up. She soon went off the idea when it started to get cold.' /i> fter working as a nurse for thirty years, Evelyn left the hospital to become a full-time Matron at The Lodge - a home for elderly ladies of reduced circumstances. Evelyn was nothing like the matrons she had known and feared in the past. In spite of broken nights and hot dinners left to get cold, Mrs Peters with her temper and Mrs Harrison with her 24-hour piano playing, her new role offered a chance to make a difference to her ladies' lives. Even though it did mean she was on call twenty-four hours a day, this is Evelyn's funny and affectionate memoir of her years - at last! - as a Matron."

The Language of Kindness

A Nurse's Stories of Life, Death and Hope

Author: Christie Watson

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

ISBN: 0385690274

Category: Medical

Page: 288

View: 5146

A moving, lyrical, beautifully written portrait of a nurse and the lives she has touched. Christie Watson spent twenty years working as a nurse, and in this intimate, poignant and remarkably powerful book, she opens the doors of the hospital and shares its secrets. She takes us by her side down hospital corridors to visit the wards and the patients who are unforgettable. In the neonatal unit, premature babies fight for their lives, hovering at the very edge of survival, like tiny Emmanuel wrapped up in a sandwich bag. In the cancer wards, the nurses administer chemotherapy and, long after the medicine stops working, something more important--which Watson recognizes when her own father is dying of cancer. In the mental health unit, Derek attempts to take his life. In the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Charlotte loses her legs following meningitis, and the nurses wash the hair of a little girl to remove the smell of smoke from a house fire. The emergency room is overcrowded as ever, with waves of alcohol and drug addicted patients, as well as patients like Betty, suffering chest pain, frail and alone. The stories of the geriatric ward--Gladys and older patients like her--show the plight of the most vulnerable members of our society. In the smallest of actions, the most undervalued of professions provides the most vital care and kindness. All of us will touch illness in our lifetime, and we will all depend upon the support and dignity that nurses offer us in our most vulnerable moments; yet these women and men who form the vanguard of our health service remain largely behind the scenes and publicly unsung. Through the stories in this book comes an understanding of what we must value most dearly--the urgency of care and compassion. In this age of fear, hate and division, Christie Watson, an award-winning novelist as well as a nurse, has written a book that reminds us of all that we share, and of what it is to be human.

I Wasn't Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse

Author: Lee Gutkind

Publisher: Underland Press

ISBN: 193716313X

Category: Medical

Page: 320

View: 4289

This collection of true narratives reflects the dynamism and diversity of nurses, who provide the first vital line of patient care. Here, nurses remember their first “sticks,” first births, and first deaths, and reflect on what gets them though long, demanding shifts, and keeps them in the profession. The stories reveal many voices from nurses at different stages of their careers: One nurse-in-training longs to be trusted with more “important” procedures, while another questions her ability to care for nursing home residents. An efficient young emergency room nurse finds his life and career irrevocably changed by a car accident. A nurse practitioner wonders whether she has violated professional boundaries in her care for a homeless man with AIDS, and a home care case manager is the sole attendee at a funeral for one of her patients. What connects these stories is the passion and strength of the writers, who struggle against burnout and bureaucracy to serve their patients with skill, empathy, and strength.

No Time for Fear

Voices of American Military Nurses in World War II

Author: Diane Burke Fessler

Publisher: MSU Press

ISBN: 1628952547

Category: History

Page: N.A

View: 7825

No Time for Fear summons the voices of more than 100 women who served as nurses overseas during World War II, letting them tell their story as no one else can. Fessler has meticulously compiled and transcribed more than 200 interviews with American military nurses of the Army, Army Air Force, and Navy who were present in all theaters of WWII. Their stories bring to life horrific tales of illness and hardship, blinding blizzards, and near starvation—all faced with courage, tenacity, and even good humor. This unique oral-history collection makes available to readers an important counterpoint to the seemingly endless discussions of strategy, planning, and troop movement that often characterize discussions of the Second World War.

Critical Care

A New Nurse Faces Death, Life, and Everything in Between

Author: Theresa Brown

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061999431

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

View: 1809

“Among all the recent books on medicine, Critical Care stands alone.“ — Pauline Chen, author of Final Exam “A must read for anyone who wants to understand healthcare. Extraordinary.” — Elizabeth Cohen, MPH, CNN Senior Medical Correspondent Critical Care is the powerful and absorbing memoir of Theresa Brown—a regular contributor to the New York Times blog “Well”—about her experiences during the first year on the job as an oncology nurse; in the process, Brown sheds brilliant light on issues of mortality and meaning in our lives.

Call the Nurse

True Stories of a Country Nurse on a Scottish Isle

Author: Mary J MacLeod

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1611459176

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 471

Tired of the pace and noise of life near London and longing for a better place to raise their young children, Mary J. MacLeod and her husband encountered their dream while vacationing on a remote island in the Scottish Hebrides. Enthralled by its windswept beauty, they soon were the proud owners of a near-derelict croft house—a farmer’s stone cottage—on “a small acre” of land. Mary assumed duties as the island’s district nurse. Call the Nurse is her account of the enchanted years she and her family spent there, coming to know its folk as both patients and friends. In anecdotes that are by turns funny, sad, moving, and tragic, she recalls them all, the crofters and their laird, the boatmen and tradesmen, young lovers and forbidding churchmen. Against the old-fashioned island culture and the grandeur of mountain and sea unfold indelible stories: a young woman carried through snow for airlift to the hospital; a rescue by boat; the marriage of a gentle giant and the island beauty; a ghostly encounter; the shocking discovery of a woman in chains; the flames of a heather fire at night; an unexploded bomb from World War II; and the joyful, tipsy celebration of a ceilidh. Gaelic fortitude meets a nurse’s compassion in these wonderful true stories from rural Scotland.

The Nurses

A Year of Secrets, Drama, and Miracles with the Heroes of the Hospital

Author: Alexandra Robbins

Publisher: Workman Publishing

ISBN: 0761189254

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

View: 7024

A New York Times bestseller. “A funny, intimate, and often jaw-dropping account of life behind the scenes.”—People Nurses is the compelling story of the year in the life of four nurses, and the drama, unsung heroism, and unique sisterhood of nursing—one of the world’s most important professions (nurses save lives every day), and one of the world’s most dangerous, filled with violence, trauma, and PTSD. In following four nurses, Alexandra Robbins creates sympathetic characters while diving deep into their world of controlled chaos. It’s a world of hazing—“nurses eat their young.” Sex—not exactly like on TV, but surprising just the same. Drug abuse—disproportionately a problem among the best and the brightest, and a constant temptation. And bullying—by peers, by patients, by hospital bureaucrats, and especially by doctors, an epidemic described as lurking in the “shadowy, dark corners of our profession.” The result is a page-turning, shocking look at our health-care system.

Danvers State

Memoirs of a Nurse in the Asylum

Author: Angelina Szot,Barbara Stilwell

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781418491352

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 156

View: 509

Danvers State gives an insider's view of what really went on at the state run insane asylum. The book provides details about the facility's dark past and the melancholy lives of her inhabitants. It brings to light the harsh treatment of mental illness in decades past.

Home Before Morning

The Story of an Army Nurse in Vietnam

Author: Lynda Van Devanter

Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press

ISBN: 9781558492981

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 331

View: 2414

This personal memoir tells the story of the Vietnam War as seen through the eyes of a nurse. The story plunges the reader into the bloodiest aspects of the war itself, then continues after the end of the war as the author attempts to regain the love of her family.

My Hero, My Dad, the Nurse

Author: Maggie Dorsey

Publisher: Booksurge Publishing

ISBN: 9781419694769

Category: Male nurses

Page: 40

View: 4118

My Hero, My Dad, The Nurse is a colorful children's book about a little boy who ponders different career choices, but decides that he wants to follow his dad's example, and become a nurse. In this book, adults as well as children are introduced to the idea that nursing is a rewarding career that is not gender specific. Nursing is a career choice full of opportunities for men and women. My Hero, My Dad The Nurse is based on the expertise and research of its author, Dr. Maggie Thurmond Dorsey, RN. The story journeys into the imagination of an African American little boy as he decides on a career day presentation for his class. The vivid illustrations in this book are provided by Mr. Lorenzo Williams, an accomplished artist and art teacher. The illustrations capture the range of the little boy's animations from his sadness as he deals with his classmates' jeering: "You can't be a nurse, you're a boy" to his enthusiasm and pride when he presents to his class, "My Hero, My Dad The Nurse."

Nursing: Transition to Professional Practice

Author: Rob Burton,Graham Ormrod

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019956843X

Category: Medical

Page: 327

View: 7457

To successfully complete the transition from being a final year pre-reg nursing student to becoming a qualified staff nurse, students need to understand and practice the responsibilities and roles of the registered nurse. This book outlines the principles of professional practice and the skills of the qualified nurse.

Notes on Nightingale

The Influence and Legacy of a Nursing Icon

Author: Sioban Nelson,Anne Marie Rafferty

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801476112

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 172

View: 8881

"Notes on Nightingale is an extraordinary achievement, bringing together some of the world's most eminent Nightingale scholars. It explodes myths, develops sophisticated lines of analysis, and reveals the full range of achievement of one of the world's most iconic figures. In doing so, it also provides a lens through which we might view that most elusive of modern arts: nursing."ùChristine Hallett, Director, the UK Centre for the History of Nursing and Midwifery, the University of Manchester "In reexamining and reinterpreting the life and influence of Florence Nightingale, the authors of the thought-provoking essays in Notes on Nightingale demonstrate the continued power of Nightingale's work and image and, most critically, validate the significance of analyzing contemporary issues from a historical perspective."ùRima D. Apple, Vilas Life Cycle Professor Emerita, University of WisconsinûMadison Florence Nightingale remains an inspiration to nurses around the world for her pioneering work treating wounded British soldiers during the Crimean War; authorship of Notes on Nursing, the foundational text for nursing practice; establishment of the world's first nursing school; and advocacy for the hygienic treatment of patients and sanitary design of hospitals. In Notes on Nightingale, nursing historians and scholars offer their valuable reflections on Nightingale and analysis of her role in the profession. Sioban Nelson is Dean and Professor at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto. She is coeditor of The Complexities of Care: Nursing Reconsidered, also from Cornell, Anne Marie Rafferty is Dean of the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery

Notes on Nursing What It Is, and What It Is Not

Author: Florence Nightingale

Publisher: tredition

ISBN: 3847208551

Category: Medical

Page: 137

View: 9516

This book is part of the TREDITION CLASSICS series. The creators of this series are united by passion for literature and driven by the intention of making all public domain books available in printed format again - worldwide. At tredition we believe that a great book never goes out of style. Several mostly non-profit literature projects provide content to tredition. To support their good work, tredition donates a portion of the proceeds from each sold copy. As a reader of a TREDITION CLASSICS book, you support our mission to save many of the amazing works of world literature from oblivion.

More Moments in Time

Images of Exemplary Nursing

Author: Beth Perry

Publisher: Athabasca University Press

ISBN: 1897425511

Category: Medical

Page: 251

View: 4826

"Within most disciplines, there are those who are recognized by their colleagues as being exceptionally competent practitioners. These individuals do their work in such a remarkable way as to become a model for others. This book is based on a study of the beliefs, actions, and interactions of a group of extraordinary oncology nurses--the people their peers would choose to have care for them if they were diagnosed with cancer. Perry's weaving of interviewee's stories and her own field notes and poetry creates a very personal perspective on nursing that leaves the reader with a greater understanding of the experience, and rewards, of caring for others."--Publisher's description.

The Shift

One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients' Lives

Author: Theresa Brown

Publisher: Algonquin Books

ISBN: 1616206020

Category: Medical

Page: 272

View: 4717

Practicing nurse and New York Times columnist Theresa Brown invites us to experience not just a day in the life of a nurse but all the life that happens in just one day on a busy teaching hospital’s cancer ward. In the span of twelve hours, lives can be lost, life-altering treatment decisions made, and dreams fulfilled or irrevocably stolen. Unfolding in real time--under the watchful eyes of this dedicated professional and insightful chronicler of events--The Shift gives an unprecedented view into the individual struggles as well as the larger truths about medicine in this country. By shift’s end, we have witnessed something profound about hope and humanity.