Title: All patients great and small. Tales of a rural district nurse
Author: Zoe C Lloyd
Publisher: Balboa Press. A division of Ha House.
Reviewer: Helen Reeves. clinical nurse manager. St Giles Walsall Hospice
What was it like?
All patients great and small, tales of a rural district nurse is a biography that looks at the tales of modern life district nurse. The book looks at the tales of 13 patients that the author has encountered and what each patient has taught her.
What were the highlights?
The honest nature of this book and the storytelling of the author enthrall the reader in wanting to know more. It highlights the complex and often challenging circumstances that district nurses work under and the different patients that they encounter on a day to day basis. The vast array of patients documented and the stories that they have to tell are a joy to read and remind us how unique each and every person is and how important it is to treat each person individually. The book also highlights beautifully the sometimes not so pleasant nature of a nurses job, when faced with prejudice or with patients who are less than welcoming. Zoe approaches these issues with tact and demonstrates how each situation was handled.
Strengths & weaknesses:
Each patient story transports you into the day to day life of a district nurse. The honest, funny and sometimes upsetting accounts make you appreciate that nursing is not always about what we have trained for but sometimes the unexpected, the herding in of sheep after breaking the news that a relative has suddenly died. It highlights beautifully the challenges that district nurses encounter and the unpredictable nature of their jobs and the patients that they care for. The relaxed writing style and reflective accounts make you feel that you know each patient.
Who should read it?
This book would be good for nurses considering a change into district nursing. While this is a book that looks at the modern day life as district nurse this book would be appropriate for anyone. It is a great read that reminds us all of the unique nature of life and the people that we encounter on a day to day basis and the stories that they have to share.