'What is your name?' she asks, staring at me.'Jennifer Ross.' 'Jennifer Ross, Sister. Well, Nurse Ross, you are dressed in the uniform of a nurse from the Leeds General Infirmary. Such a uniform is not worn with a cardigan. Take it off at once.' 'Yes Sister.' I can feel my face turn red. A trainee nurse in the 1950s had a lot to bear.
In Jennifer Craig's enchanting memoir, we meet these warm-hearted yet naïve young girls as they get to grips with strict discipline, long hours and bodily fluids. But we also see the camaraderie that develops in evening study sessions, sneaked trips to the cinema, and mischievous escapades with the young trainee doctors. The harsh conditions prove too much for some girls, but the opportunity to help her patients in their time of need is too much of a pull for Jenny. As she commits to her vocation and knuckles down to her exams, she is determined that when she reaches the heights of Ward Sister herself she will not become the frightening matron that struck fear into her student heart.
Rich in period detail, and told with a good dose of Yorkshire humour, Yes Sister, No Sister is a life-affirming true story of a life long past.
©2011 Jennifer Craig (P)2011 Random House Audio
I was hesitant to try this audio book at first because I was worried that my Tennessee ears would have a hard time understanding a Yorkshire accent haha. Her Northern accent isn't too thick & I didn't have any trouble understanding Jennifer Craig. I found her voice comforting and easy to listen to.
The book details her training as a nurse in the 1950s in England and it might not be for everyone. It's a quiet book full of details about her duties in the hospital, & her fellow nurses-in-training.
If that sounds like something you'd enjoy (and I did) I wouldn't hesitate to give this a listen.
This was a very well told story. I really enjoyed the telling of how nurses were trained through the 50s. Her narrative was very interesting and fun to listen to.
While enchanting at times, this book made me very, very glad I am not a nurse in a ward taking care of my patients' every need.
I am not one to follow authors but chose this book because I enjoy nursing testimonies.
Because this book is more of a history than a story or testimony, I kept feeling like I was waiting to arrive at what it was about. It did include a great deal of medical detail that I found very interesting.
This book was a nice glimpse into nursing in the 50's. I found the details of medicine interesting and it kept me listening.
I went to a hospital based nursing school 45 years ago. These stories made me laugh because they are so similar to my own memories.... our school rules hadn't changed since the 50's so I can relate with Nurse Ross' experiences: the patients who make you think, the ones who challenge, the docs and med students, the friends who gather to unwind and de-stress. I truly resonated with the tough, hardened senior nurses (the "dragon" and the "sod") who made our student lives miserable. Our school director was truly a "nurse who ate her young" and often tried to dissuade us from continuing our careers (wouldn't she be surprised to know I went on to get a master's and have this for all these years).....
That being said, there really is no plot to this book, its a memoir in somewhat chronological order (I'm sure with the author's discretion), and the narration is flat and uninspired. Kudos to the author for trying, but a professional narrator would have been a better choice.
If you are a nurse who trained in the days before university nursing program (yes, we are the dinosaurs of the profession), then check this out.
I enjoyed the story, but found the narration a bit rough. I usually enjoy a work read by the author, but having recently finished the more Call the Midwife trilogy, the production value for this one felt conspicuously less polished by comparison.
"less medical more fun."
i wasnt keen on this book there was to much refrance to medical jargon i didnt understand, if you were a nurse are other medical persons you may have enjoyed this part of the book. i would have like more storys of life as a nurse, the ups and downs on the wards. ie. like when i wasworking in a hospital and the old men would pinch your bottms, ect. but maybe this would have made it more a comedy and not real life.
Yes the audiobook is much better than a regular book. The book being narrated by the author makes it very real. It's like being told a very captivating and interesting life story. I have listened to it several times and enjoy it each time.
The best part of it is the fact that it evokes the time and the setting perfectly. It is very easy to imagine the young trainee nurses,each with their individual characters and back stories.
Yes and I have done several times
Highly recommended. This book is well written with a very accessible style and the medical terms are always well explained. The narration is also done well and being read by the author makes it very authentic
"Good story but needs a more suitable reader"
I really liked the story but would have found it more enjoyable had it been read by a more experienced reader nearer to the age of the nurse while training. It 'read' not performed and with this lost a lot of the charm. Loved her style and would like to hear more but with a different reader
It really showed what life was like for a student nurse in the '50's. I can see so many of the characters in the book from my own experiences in the NHS at that time.
"Excellent book !!!"
As a nurse and now a nursingteacher in Norway I found the book very interesting. Some I could refere back to my own training in the 90' and sometimes when Jennifer Craige quote her teachers from the 50s I had to laugh out loud, hearing my own words as a current nursingteacher. Some things is still true, apparently. I also found the book interesting as a historic document. It gave an insight to a time gone bye.
I found myself making time to listen nearly all the time.
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