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Unfortunately, it was extremely hard to get through. There were many interesting tales shared, yet the story telling prevented me from finding myself fully engaged. It read as fact telling, which I know it to be, but without much by way of emotion added.

It was interesting, but it was unable to keep me captivated. May 27, Lainy rated it really liked it.

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Time taken to read - just under 1 day Pages - Publisher - Headline Review Blurb from Goodreads Joan Woodcock always dreamed of becoming a nurse, and in the dream came true. My Review Joan takes us back to , a fresh cadet in nursing spanning over a 40 year career with some opinions on how nursing has changed Time taken to read - just under 1 day Pages - Publisher - Headline Review Blurb from Goodreads Joan Woodcock always dreamed of becoming a nurse, and in the dream came true.

My Review Joan takes us back to , a fresh cadet in nursing spanning over a 40 year career with some opinions on how nursing has changed along the way, for better or worse. I love these kind of books, anything to do with nursing, the NHS, real life stories with real people and experiences. Nursing has changed so much over the years and it is so interesting to read real accounts of someones career, experiences with people and the change of the times.

Joan introduces us to a health service when the matron was very much around and the dynamics of healthcare differed from today.

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Joan's thoughts and feelings on some of the changes come through in some parts of the book. The book takes us through the different places Woodcock has worked in, the happiness and frustrations she found in the different areas. She worked in an area that deals specifically with sexual assaults which may make for hard reading for some readers. It does not go into graphic details however it is distressing at points and worth highlighting as some readers appreciate a heads up.

Easy to get into and written with a passion that carries the reader along. Sep 06, Karen rated it liked it Shelves: The nursey bits were pretty interesting, if rather dully written: I had little to no interest whatsoever in the snippets of her personal life. While I am sure she was a great nurse, as a person she sounded, quite frankly, a colossal pain in the arse. If there's one book that anyone wishing to pursue a career in nursing should read, it's this one! Well written, brutally honest, and takes the reader on a rollercoaster of emotions.

As a nurse I could really relate to a lot of what Joan Woodcock expressed in her frustrations with the NHS and nursing profession today. I did enjoy the book but found I could not warm to the author or maybe it was her writing style. I don't know if I would recommend it to friends I am still undecided. Jun 21, Natasha Crane rated it it was amazing. Oh I laughed and laughed. Even the sadder stories I could see the joy in the supporting environment.

Definetly must read don't read it in bed next to your partner you'll keep them awake when you LOL. My mum passed this book on - I'm not sure I would have chosen it from the library but it was an interesting read. Joan had a fascinating range of jobs and her care and commitment to her patients is commendable. I always knew nurses worked hard - this book shows it. Jun 05, Diana rated it really liked it Shelves: Joan woodcock wanted to be a nurse ever since she had a spell in hospital as a young child.

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She started her career as a nursing cadet which you then could do It is a true story of her career working through the profession. A very enjoyable well written book. Dull, couldn't get past the second chapter. Alice rated it really liked it Apr 26, Liz Stoker rated it really liked it Feb 09, Alison Lane rated it it was amazing Mar 13, Jayne rated it really liked it May 25, Kae rated it liked it Feb 07, Bread, Jam and a Borrowed Pram.

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