*****Award Winning Nurse Memoir*****
I am not sure what Florence Nightingale would have made of Sarah Jane! The story starts with a sixteen-year-old country girl who, for no apparent reason at the time, suddenly decided that she wanted to be a nurse.
Sarah Jane was entering adulthood with no obvious career path in sight. She had planned a traditional, some would say old fashioned, future. Her vision was to leave school, find a job in a local store, get married and eventually have children. Then everything changed, as she embarked on a journey which would help to map out her future by offering opportunities in a variety of places and healthcare settings. Find out how Sarah Jane deals with births, deaths and everything in between with laughter, tears and humility in this touching, sometimes heartrending, superbly written memoir.
‘Ooh Matron!’ is the first book in The Nomadic Nurse Series. Each book in the series takes you on a journey through medical specialisms and environments that formed part of Sarah Jane’s nursing career. Throughout the series Sarah Jane uses her trademark honest and entertaining writing style to share insights into her thoughts, reflections and the changes in her personal life and circumstances as she moves forward in her career.
5-star reviewers say:
"I laughed out loud at the hilarious antics, and was sobered by the genuine emotional moments that all health professionals will recognise. This is a book that will make you laugh and cry and you’ll feel better for it - The perfect prescription." Bookworm
"This funny, yet poignant nursing memoir has Sarah Jane's trademark honest writing style which shines through in every story she tells. From starting her student nurse training in Essex to coping with patients in happy, sad and heart-breaking situations. It gives you a young woman's view into the realities of entering the world of nursing in the 1980’s. A highly entertaining and informative memoir which was able to take me from laughing out loud to having welled tears of empathy."
About the Author
Author Sarah Jane Butfield was born in Ipswich, and raised in rural Suffolk, UK. Sarah Jane is a wife, mother, ex-qualified nurse and now an Internationally published author. Married three times with four children, three stepchildren and two playful Australian Cattle dogs she an experienced modern day mum to her 'Brady bunch', but she loves every minute of their convoluted lives. Sarah Jane loves to connect with her readers so feel free to connect on Twitter @SarahJanewrites or Facebook at www.facebook.com/AuthorSarahJaneButfield or www.facebook.com/Twodogsandasuitcase
Sarah Jane the roving Florence Nightingale fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming a nurse and went on to use her nursing and later teaching qualifications to take her around the world. She is now an International Best Selling author of two travel memoirs set in Australia and France and she has a further two non fiction books scheduled for release in November 2014.
Glass Half Full: Our Australian Adventure ,her debut travel memoir, and the sequel Two dogs and a suitcase: Clueless in Charente, are regularly found high in the rankings. Categories include Non Fiction, Parenting, Grief, Christian faith, Step-parenting, Travel, Australia and France.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Rachel McGrath for Readers' Favorite Ooh Matron! (The Nomadic Nurse Series Book 1) by Sarah Jane Butfield is a well written memoir that gives a touching and enlightening account of the world of student nursing and healthcare from the early eighties. The story starts off with the author telling how she came to pursue nursing, that she was never encouraged to follow such a vocation, but literally ‘fell’ into the opportunity. She provides a very honest account of her fears as a young girl leaving home, the struggles she faced with the initial testing and preparations, and then the shock of her first ‘away from home’ housing experience. I was enlightened by her passion to do well, but also how she quickly assimilated into the student nursing lifestyle. The story contained a lovely balance of information and detail as well as humour and fun, which you would expect of an eighteen-year-old in the early eighties living away from home. What made Ooh Matron! such an easy read was Sarah Jane Butfield’s conversational tone. She is honest, open and incredibly informative, and, as a reader who has not worked or been involved in the health profession at all, she takes one on a journey as though the reader is learning her apprenticeship with her. The introduction of a few key characters was also very engaging, and added to the memoir in an entertaining way. A wonderfully touching story of a woman who clearly loved her entire experience of becoming a nurse and of working within the healthcare profession. If this is the first of a series, it will be encouraging to read the follow ups and I look forward to more by Sarah Jane Butfield.
"This funny, yet poignant nursing memoir has Sarah Jane's trademark honest writing style which shines through in every story she tells. From starting her student nurse training in Essex to coping with patients in happy, sad and heart-breaking situations. It gives you a young woman's view into the realities of entering the world of nursing in the 1980’s. A highly entertaining and informative memoir which was able to take me from laughing out loud to having welled tears of empathy." S. Brewster