’Any nurse would find this book interesting, but also anyone with an interest in nursing or nurse training would equally appreciate it.’
Title: Sixty Years a Nurse
Author: Mary Hazard
Reviewer: Debbie Quinn, Queens Nurse, MS specialist nurse/team lead for specialist nursing. Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS foundation Trust
What was it like?
A true story of Mary’s NHS career spanning more than 60 years
What were the highlights?
An easy to read book based on a young Irish girl’s move to England to commence her nurse training. It is full of laughs and sad moments throughout and will touch the hearts of all who read it. It tells of the struggles Mary faced throughout her training as well as her personal journey and strains within the family in Ireland. I found the book engaging from start to finish and found it hard to put down. Mary follows her dream throughout.
Strengths & weaknesses:
It highlights the struggles of training in the early days of the NHS and the autocratic management structure of the time and strict discipline endorsed on trainees. The heart-warming personal account really does make this book a pleasurable read for all. It also has a twist towards the end that really does test Mary’s reserve.
Who should read it?
Any nurse would find this book interesting, but also anyone with an interest in nursing or nurse training would equally appreciate it. If you enjoyed Call the Midwife this is a must.
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