Title: It won’t hurt a bit!
Author: Jane Yeadon
Publisher: Black and White Publishing
Reviewer: Liz Lees, clinical doctoral research fellow (NIHR) & consultant nurse, University of Manchester & Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust
What was it like?
This book has 39 short chapters, which provide an easy and relaxing read. It will transport readers back in time to the ‘swinging sixties’ illuminating some rudimentary and entertaining aspects of the nurse training, socialising and the hierarchy of nursing as it was then. The book is set in Scotland and the author conveys her journey away from her home to the Wards, pulling on the reader’s heartstrings about moving away from home.
What were the highlights?
It is an entertaining read and it made me laugh out loud at some of the experiences the author shared.
Strengths & weaknesses:
Its strengths are the detailed descriptions of the wards, senior staff and general “position” that student occupied – I felt transported back to some aspects of the late eighties when I trained. Some of the “cleaning” and nursing practices described made me genuinely cringe at the thought but at the same time, it will help readers visualise the “disposable items” we tend to take for granted. Nonetheless, it’s a pity that the book finished at a point of final exams, leaving me to want to know more about Jane’s early experience as a newly qualified nurse.
Who should read it?
Students of nursing, health care assistants and social care will be transported back in time to appreciate the mundane and tiring nature of task-orientated work and training as it was in the sixties.