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I loved this story. I learned a lot about how far nurses have come. There was no drama-just a peaceful telling of the life and strides a nurse took from the beginning of her career. Now the author's daughter will have everything important about her Mom's nursing career down on paper to pass down to her own children.
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Not Your Average Nurse, certainly not your average book. Your below-average book, more like. The whole thing is uneventful, boring, and shallow. There are only a few stories of nursing that are a little interesting and worth reading. The rest of it is superficial, with overly exaggerated humor every other sentence that became boring after a short while. Sadly, such exaggerated humor is the only thing in the book that would even keep your attention at all.
She talks about conversations in the pub with her friends, going to the beach on vacations, wearing tight jeans to concerts, drinking at parties, boyfriends and patients she's attracted to, and the such. You'd think that if these things are worth her putting into a book, she'd have nothing good to say.
And she didn't.
Memoirs usually aren't literal memoirs, but this is just that. If you want to read the diary of a 18-22 year old girl, this might be the thing. The entire first 5 hours - half of the book - were about her first 2 years in nursing school. With no organization of particularly touching stories or any categorization of information. It just follows her from ward to ward, a few months each, as she does her rotation. They're different alright, but none of them stand out particularly. I'm just not really into this, as I don't personally know her, and none of her life stories are that interesting, so I'm not attracted to her diary.
If you're looking for a book with real interesting, heart-wrenching, emotional stories of not only nursing but the state of the society as a whole, from a broader and maturer point of view than a girl in her early 20s, check out Call the Midwife. If you've finished Call the Midwife and are here looking for something similar, you will most likely be very bored.
What made the experience of listening to Not Your Average Nurse the most enjoyable?
the whole story really
What did you like best about this story?
the way it kept me coming back to see what happens next....
What about Catherine Milte’s performance did you like?
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
yes there were a few moments, you'll just have to listen to it to find them yourself