Title: The Call of Nursing Stories from the front lines of health care
Author: William B Patrick
Publisher: Hudson Whitman/Excelsior College Press
Reviewer: Helen Reeves, clinical nurse manager, St Giles Walsall Hospice
What was it like?
The call of Nursing is a book that details the tales and stories of 23 nurses in varied settings. The book identifies the jobs that nurses undertake, why they do what they do and what has inspired them most in their career to date. The Call of Nursing provides an honest and valuable insight into the varied role of nurses and gives honest accounts of nurse’s experiences in their jobs.
What were the highlights?
As a nurse I found looking at the accounts of other nurses interesting and thought provoking. Be able to draw comparisons from nurses who undertake the same work as yourself enables and encourages you to reflect on your own practice and the choices that you have made and why you have made them. The Call of Nursing also allows you to look at other nursing roles and draw experiences, knowledge and choices. Due to vast range of nurses that have been interviewed, ranging from hospice nurses to psychiatric nurses, critical care nurses to fight nurses and navy nurses to paramedics allows for a book that it is engaging, personal and insightful and leaves you wanting to read more stories from nurses.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The varied settings and stories throughout the book provide an invaluable insight into the role of nurses today. Their honest and individual accounts make for an enthralling read. As a nurse in the UK it is interesting to look at nursing from a different perspective and how the roles differ in US. However, this also proves difficult to make comparison with nursing in the UK due to the differences in the healthcare setting and also the differences in roles.
Who should read it?
This book would be beneficial for anyone thinking of undertaking a career in nursing. It would also be well placed for already qualified nurses wanting to gain more of an understanding of the different settings and jobs of the nursing profession. For anyone with an interest in nursing or who have wondered what nursing involves, this book would be well placed to provide a valuable insight into the often complex role of a nurse today.