'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
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 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.
"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.
"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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