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Posted September 1, 2011
Wonderful Book About Life & Nursing
An unflinching memoir is right. As a nursing student I really wanted to read this and see how nursing could change someone's life. Now I want to give the author a giant hug while also applauding her for following her heart. There is one basic timeline but it's interjected with flashes back and forward, as happens when you are telling a true story. The book covers the time from when the author was a child throughout her nursing career, but most of it does focus on the time she has worked as a nurse. Her story is heart breaking, there is so much loss in her personal life it's amazing to see how it comes to play with her work.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Reading through all of the different types of nursing jobs that Nealon had was eye opening. I knew there were a lot of various types of careers a nurse can work as, but didn't realize one person could do so many different things. She definitely has had the mentality that she would do whatever job other people weren't doing - such as working with AIDS patients and I can totally relate to that as I'm the student that wants to work with the dead, the traumatized, or the mentally ill (not a big draw with the students in our school). Nealon seems to leave nothing out, no detail is left out and the story feels brutally honest. This isn't a book that shows only the bright side of life and nursing, but shows how it really is.
Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.