Monday 27 June 2011

Nurse! Nurse! - Jimmy Frazier

Jimmy has decided to give up his career to become a nurse. Not just any nurse but a Children's nurse. On his first day he enters the campus bookshop to discover that there are no books about modern day student nurses and so he chronicles his own time as a student. He describes what it's like to try to balance a life with the life of being a student. He talks about tough teachers, tougher placements and tougher still mentors.

Another book to give me a taste of what it will be like to be a nursing student. This one was definitely more relevant than any of the others I have seen. Whilst younger than Jimmy this will be my second degree and my second career so I could relate to a lot of what he went through.

He did talk about the course work which gave an indication of what to expect. Mostly though he talked about his placements. This is something that I think all nursing students are nervous about. Whilst it didn't cover every eventuality he talked about his own experiences, both good and bad, and how he got through them. I learned quite a lot from this book and I think it's worthwhile read for anyone considering going into the field. It's especially relevant for anyone considering specialising in Children's or Mental Health nursing. Since that's not my plan only some if was useful.

Even for those who aren't going thinking of changing their career it's a good read. It give an idea of some of the things nurses have to battle with every day. It might give some people a new found respect for nurses.

The only down side was the ending. I was a little disappointed with it and a little let down too. Not at all what I was expecting. Not going to give anything else away for anyone else who wants to read it. The only thing that I will say is that if you are thinking of picking up this book then please do as any royalties made go to charity.

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