Nurse, Nurse : A Student Nurse's Story Paperback
As punishment for some youthful high jinks, 16-year-old Jimmy Frazier is made to volunteer in a London hospital.
The experience shocks him, and he swears he will never set foot on a ward again. Two decades later, older but not a lot wiser, some strange twists of fate lead Jimmy back to hospital - but this time as a student nurse.
Along with a motley crew of fellow students, Jimmy throws himself into the heart of the NHS.
Whether caring for patients in children's hospitals, prisons, mental health facilities or post-surgical wards, Jimmy and his fellow students attempt to make a difference.
On their way they are inspired by the angelic Super Nurse and the acid-tongued Mr Temple.
But can they stick out the three years it takes to make the grade as a fully-qualified nurse...?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 24/02/2011
- Category: Biography: general
- ISBN: 9781845293956
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Review by CarltonC
Autobiography is not really what I read, but I thought that this would be different.In a punchy, episodic format that is highly readable, Jimmy Frazier tells us of his three years studying to become a nurse in the UK's National Health Service. His style is light, self-depreciating and often humorous, but serious points are made in an informative (rather than preachy) way about the failings and strengths of a system that is still free for most patients.Initially training as a children's nurse, Jimmy then switches to mental health and it is very interesting to learn about the different aspects of nursing and how it is taught.However, to a general reader, it is the insights into the problems faced by those in the NHS and those that they care for that make this book engaging and enlightening.Recommended.