’This book will make you laugh and cry as you read the in depth depictions of life moving from a novice to the experienced professional in the nursing profession and all the challenges that the career may bring.’
Title: The Joy of Nursing
Author: Juliana Adams
Publisher: Steamboat Springs Publishing
Reviewer: Nicole South, senior lecturer, School of Nursing, Canterbury Christchurch University
What was it like?
“To be a nurse is a honour”. This proclamation is echoed throughout this compendium of tales, detailing the authors nursing career. This book will make you laugh and cry as you read the in depth depictions of life moving from a novice to the experienced professional in the nursing profession and all the challenges that the career may bring. Through a transparent consideration of the future, the challenges, technological advances and an ageing population the author provides inspiration and delights, informing the reader to never stop questioning what they are doing. While this book is based around experiences from across the pond, which may not be parallel to healthcare in the UK, the important messages around honour, leadership and pride are transferable to all Nurses looking for an almanac of enjoyment.
What were the highlights?
The highlight of this book is the definitions, quotes and sayings included throughout, providing thought provoking considerations of the nursing journey through literature and the perspective of various medical professionals.
Strengths & weaknesses:
I particularly enjoyed the layout of this book, with its detailed contents page and creative chapter titles. It would have been nice to see further photos of the author as she progressed through her career to provide the reader with a visual image to support the stories from the pages.
Who should read it?
I think this book can be enjoyed by those within the nursing profession as for me it provided a reflective memoir that opened the door to reflect on my own individual past experiences through the course of my career and not just separate events and experiences that had occurred.
the joy of nursing