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4 Star Rating – HURRY UP NURSE! MEMOIRS OF NURSE TRAINING IN THE 1970 BY DAWN BROOKS

June 5, 2017

A good reference for new nurses

Hurry Up Nurse! Memoirs of Nurse Training in the 1970’s by Dawn Brooks. This 226-page book is a collection of memories from 1977 to 1988 that occurred while Dawn was in nurse training to eventually become a Registered General Nurse. The experiences take place in England. Dawn was born in Nottingham being the first of her family to pursue a professional career.  Dawn describes her family structure and family relationships, friends, her social life, and her colorful journey through nurse training.

The nineteen chapters touch upon all areas of nursing including chapters on orthopedic wards, psychiatric wards, medical wards, and surgical wards. She shares with the reader the many jobs she held before deciding to go to a nursing school such as working on an onion farm and in a handbag warehouse. The reader will probably enjoy reading rare stories of patients’ behaviors when faced with an illness whether physically or mentally.

Were you aware that oranges are the closest thing to human skin? Dawn describes how trainees use oranges to practice injections.

Individuals interested in pursuing a career in nursing will find this book to be a glimpse into reality. The stories and events are plausible and often do occur in hospitals. She discusses experiences that most readers would enjoy reading. She states that nurses come across traumas that most people may not ever come across in a lifetime at age eighteen.

She did an excellent job discussing how balance is a necessary trait in a nurse as she/he face situations that evoke tears, anger, sadness, fear, and happiness. There is an interesting section on death and dying that she does a good job describing what nurses face day by day. Ironically, HIV and AIDS had not surfaced during her training years.

Available on Amazon.com

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5-Star Rating – HAS ANYONE SEEN MY BRAIN? BY DAN NIMAK
APRIL 16, 2017
A delightful read for middle school to adult.

A “hold your breath” thriller. A phenomenal fantasy. A “keep you on the edge of your seats” mystery! If you love dogs, you must read this book. If you want to read a good mystery, you want to read this book. I couldn’t put the book down before finishing. The book is worth reading to lose yourself into many timelines of travel.

The scenes of teens who go blank and disappear are captivating. On the flip side, other teens go through time exploring the past and the future. During their excursion, the teens manage to visit Planet D which propels the reader into a world of comic adventures. The names of the leading characters are quite amusing. A must-read page turner.

Available on Amazon.com

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