Nurse On Call: The True Story of a 1950s District Nurse

Nurse On Call: The True Story of a 1950s District Nurse❴EPUB❵ ✰ Nurse On Call: The True Story of a 1950s District Nurse Author Edith Cotterill – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk Never had I seen so many fleas Startled by the daylight, they leapt in all directions, particularly mine Quickly I peeled off her stockings and threw them on the fire, but by now the fleas had invaded Never had Call: The PDF/EPUB å I seen so many fleas Startled by the daylight, they leapt in all directions, particularly mine Quickly I peeled off her stockings and threw them on the fire, but by Nurse On eBook ´ now the fleas had invaded her combinations As for the fur coat, I shuddered to think Training in a hospital in the s, Edith Cotterill s long hours on the wards included encouraging On Call: The PDF/EPUB ä leeches to attach to patients a task much harder than you might think and the disposal in the furnace of amputated limbs Although hospital life did have its compensations it was there during the Second World War an injured sailor who became her husbandAfter the birth of their two daughters, Edith returned to work in the s as a district nurse Whether she was ridding ageing spinsters of fleas or dishing out penicillin and enemas, Edith approached even the most wayward of patients with humour, compassion and warmth. Too much information Ewwwww I don t know whether this nurse s patients were particularly yukky, or whether we all end up being rather tacky, but I don t want to read about it I also couldn t follow the accents given for most of her patients, so didn t understand what they were saying At the back of the book after reading it, I found a list of terms translating some of the odder words used, but for goodness sake that should have been at the beginning of the book, not hidden away at the end T Too much information Ewwwww I don t know whether this nurse s patients were particularly yukky, or whether we all end up being rather tacky, but I don t want to read about it I also couldn t follow the accents given for most of her patients, so didn t understand what they were saying At the back of the book after reading it, I found a list of terms translating some of the odder words used, but for goodness sake that should have been at the beginning of the book, not hidden away at the end The unreadable accents made the book rather choppy and disjointed in places On the plus side she sounded a wonderful nurse, and my respect for district nurses soared They do not have an easy or pleasant job The book also made me laugh out loud in places The end of the book was in quite a different vein to the rest of it, and it was deeply moving The best bit in the book for me though was a poem by her daughter, age not given , and this I thoroughly enjoyed.My mother is a district nurse,But often patients just get worse,Then when she has gone to bedSomeone comes to say they re dead.And though it makes my Father shout,She has to go and lay them out.Judith Cotterill.So, the book did contain some excellent passages, but due to the lack of a good editor, all in all I felt it wasn t worth reading I enjoyed Jennifer Worth s Call the Midwife series, so when I spotted this I picked it up looking for a different perspective on medical care in the 1950s It isn t clear from what it says on the cover but a large portion of the book actually focuses on Edith s personal life, starting with her childhood and also covering her nursing training and family life Despite not expecting them I really enjoyed these sections, and actually preferred them to the stories about her 1950s patients.The patie I enjoyed Jennifer Worth s Call the Midwife series, so when I spotted this I picked it up looking for a different perspective on medical care in the 1950s It isn t clear from what it says on the cover but a large portion of the book actually focuses on Edith s personal life, starting with her childhood and also covering her nursing training and family life Despite not expecting them I really enjoyed these sections, and actually preferred them to the stories about her 1950s patients.The patients stories were interesting, often funny and sometimes sad and I enjoyed reading them, but most were short and presented without any sort of lead in or clear link to the preceding or following stories Unlike Call the Midwife in which such rapid jumps only occur as far as I remember between chapters, these jarring transitions often happen in the middle of a chapter This gives the book a disjointed feel in places, which is a shame as the material itself all interested me.As many others have said I also had problems understanding the regional accents as they were depicted I did spot the glossary before I started reading but not all of the words I wanted to look up were in there, and frequent pauses to look up words or at least attempt to added to the disjointed feel of the sections of the book which focused on Edith s black country patients Overall I enjoyed the book, and enjoyed learning about nursing training in the 1930s and reading Edith s personal story The short stories about her district nursing patients were also enjoyable but could have been better integrated with the rest of the narrative As a nurse myself, I enjoyed reading about life as a trainee nurse in the 1930 s and the authors experience of working as a nurse in the community in the 1950 s It provides a fascinating insight into life in a different era, working in a difficult profession against the backdrop of war and the introduction of the NHS.I found the writing difficult to stomach in places, due the authors insistence of using regional dialect throughout As a southerner, it was difficult to fully concentrate on her s As a nurse myself, I enjoyed reading about life as a trainee nurse in the 1930 s and the authors experience of working as a nurse in the community in the 1950 s It provides a fascinating insight into life in a different era, working in a difficult profession against the backdrop of war and the introduction of the NHS.I found the writing difficult to stomach in places, due the authors insistence of using regional dialect throughout As a southerner, it was difficult to fully concentrate on her story whilst trying to digest the various phrases and abbreviations used in the area where Cotterill lived and worked I understand this helped personalise her memoir, however to appeal to the wider masses, it would have helped to tone down some of this writing style.I would recommend this book to those interested in the good old days of nursing when matron shook fear into the hearts and souls of newly qualified nurses Or even if you trained in this era yourself, for purely selfish nostalgic reasons, give it a read loved it when I read it then, read it again this year 2010 when a friend bought it for my birthday, I thought bit s where formilular and then several months later I was clearing out some stuff in the loft and in an old suitcase I found my 1986 copy in hardback So I ve read it twice and enjoyed it both times I became a District nurse myself in 1980 and most of what Edith wrote about 1950 hadn t changed much, I ve just recently retired from District Nursing and basic of visiting peoples homes is loved it when I read it then, read it again this year 2010 when a friend bought it for my birthday, I thought bit s where formilular and then several months later I was clearing out some stuff in the loft and in an old suitcase I found my 1986 copy in hardback So I ve read it twice and enjoyed it both times I became a District nurse myself in 1980 and most of what Edith wrote about 1950 hadn t changed much, I ve just recently retired from District Nursing and basic of visiting peoples homes is much the same but by car, not bike or on foot, mybe sometime on foot, depends on weather and parking in some areas Great bookAnd the 1986 Nurse on Call was published by Century Hutchinson Ltd not Ebury Press they published the 2010 version I believe This was a very good book and I enjoyed it thoroughly Edith s past life is by far very interesting and I was quite amazed too These were some elements of humour in this book which made me laugh and some very intriguing parts especially about what nurses used in the past I almost cried in the last chapter, it was very very moving Although this was a memoir, I chose to read it for research purposes It has helped to some extent I have even did a couple of fan art of this book too which can be This was a very good book and I enjoyed it thoroughly Edith s past life is by far very interesting and I was quite amazed too These were some elements of humour in this book which made me laugh and some very intriguing parts especially about what nurses used in the past I almost cried in the last chapter, it was very very moving Although this was a memoir, I chose to read it for research purposes It has helped to some extent I have even did a couple of fan art of this book too which can be seen on my blog There is another fan art of this book that I will show on my blog, but it will be the last one I wouldn t want to be sexist but I think this book will definitely appealto girls You become increasingly attached to Edith theyou read and at points it even made me cry and gave me Nightmares about head lice maybe best forgotten Also having grown up near the black country where i was set it was interesting to hear about the history of the area from someone who experienced it Edith is a brilliant writer drawing her audience in and in doing so allowing us to feel what she was goi I wouldn t want to be sexist but I think this book will definitely appealto girls You become increasingly attached to Edith theyou read and at points it even made me cry and gave me Nightmares about head lice maybe best forgotten Also having grown up near the black country where i was set it was interesting to hear about the history of the area from someone who experienced it Edith is a brilliant writer drawing her audience in and in doing so allowing us to feel what she was going though wether that was humorous or tragic If you are expecting, The True Story of a 1950s District Nurse , then you may be disappointed as that only represents a small proportion of the book Having said that, overall, it s an interesting memoir of its time Some of the advances in medicine abandoning leaches one can be very grateful for I didn t get on well with the dialect I can t hear it as I read it, unlike Scottish patter Also the glossary is all very well, but most of the words I looked up weren t in it Be warned, it has an If you are expecting, The True Story of a 1950s District Nurse , then you may be disappointed as that only represents a small proportion of the book Having said that, overall, it s an interesting memoir of its time Some of the advances in medicine abandoning leaches one can be very grateful for I didn t get on well with the dialect I can t hear it as I read it, unlike Scottish patter Also the glossary is all very well, but most of the words I looked up weren t in it Be warned, it has an unexpectedly sad ending A lovely book, evoking an era long gone However, the title is a little misleading, as we don t actually get to hear much of the author s work in the 50s A lot is devoted to her early life and training, which is fascinating Some of the timelines jump a little, but the anecdotes are just enthralling The final story wrenches your heart and was clearly the inspiration to write the book.Overall a lovely story and well worth a read The world that she grew up in is long gone, and it s great that b A lovely book, evoking an era long gone However, the title is a little misleading, as we don t actually get to hear much of the author s work in the 50s A lot is devoted to her early life and training, which is fascinating Some of the timelines jump a little, but the anecdotes are just enthralling The final story wrenches your heart and was clearly the inspiration to write the book.Overall a lovely story and well worth a read The world that she grew up in is long gone, and it s great that books like this are written to preserve that long lost lifestyle This is a wonderful hilarious book I am thinking of buying for a friend who is a nurse Just when I thought about putting it down because of the strange jargon, I decided to stick it out, and boy am I glad Edith Cotterill is such a good writer, but be prepared, there are some very sad parts in the book which left me in tears I will treasure this book and will keep it to read in my old age What a treasure. This book started off with lots of humour and a great insight into life in Britain between the two world wars Behind the humour sometimes there was sadness and a horror at the way things were done back then, but overall a very positive, get on with it, attitude to life Unknowingly an affection for Edith and her family creeps upon you and by the end when tragedy strikes one is caught unawares A great read about a real person, you can relate to.

Nurse On Call: The True Story of a 1950s District Nurse
    Nurse On Call: The True Story of a 1950s District Nurse the Second World War an injured sailor who became her husbandAfter the birth of their two daughters, Edith returned to work in the s as a district nurse Whether she was ridding ageing spinsters of fleas or dishing out penicillin and enemas, Edith approached even the most wayward of patients with humour, compassion and warmth. Too much information Ewwwww I don t know whether this nurse s patients were particularly yukky, or whether we all end up being rather tacky, but I don t want to read about it I also couldn t follow the accents given for most of her patients, so didn t understand what they were saying At the back of the book after reading it, I found a list of terms translating some of the odder words used, but for goodness sake that should have been at the beginning of the book, not hidden away at the end T Too much information Ewwwww I don t know whether this nurse s patients were particularly yukky, or whether we all end up being rather tacky, but I don t want to read about it I also couldn t follow the accents given for most of her patients, so didn t understand what they were saying At the back of the book after reading it, I found a list of terms translating some of the odder words used, but for goodness sake that should have been at the beginning of the book, not hidden away at the end The unreadable accents made the book rather choppy and disjointed in places On the plus side she sounded a wonderful nurse, and my respect for district nurses soared They do not have an easy or pleasant job The book also made me laugh out loud in places The end of the book was in quite a different vein to the rest of it, and it was deeply moving The best bit in the book for me though was a poem by her daughter, age not given , and this I thoroughly enjoyed.My mother is a district nurse,But often patients just get worse,Then when she has gone to bedSomeone comes to say they re dead.And though it makes my Father shout,She has to go and lay them out.Judith Cotterill.So, the book did contain some excellent passages, but due to the lack of a good editor, all in all I felt it wasn t worth reading I enjoyed Jennifer Worth s Call the Midwife series, so when I spotted this I picked it up looking for a different perspective on medical care in the 1950s It isn t clear from what it says on the cover but a large portion of the book actually focuses on Edith s personal life, starting with her childhood and also covering her nursing training and family life Despite not expecting them I really enjoyed these sections, and actually preferred them to the stories about her 1950s patients.The patie I enjoyed Jennifer Worth s Call the Midwife series, so when I spotted this I picked it up looking for a different perspective on medical care in the 1950s It isn t clear from what it says on the cover but a large portion of the book actually focuses on Edith s personal life, starting with her childhood and also covering her nursing training and family life Despite not expecting them I really enjoyed these sections, and actually preferred them to the stories about her 1950s patients.The patients stories were interesting, often funny and sometimes sad and I enjoyed reading them, but most were short and presented without any sort of lead in or clear link to the preceding or following stories Unlike Call the Midwife in which such rapid jumps only occur as far as I remember between chapters, these jarring transitions often happen in the middle of a chapter This gives the book a disjointed feel in places, which is a shame as the material itself all interested me.As many others have said I also had problems understanding the regional accents as they were depicted I did spot the glossary before I started reading but not all of the words I wanted to look up were in there, and frequent pauses to look up words or at least attempt to added to the disjointed feel of the sections of the book which focused on Edith s black country patients Overall I enjoyed the book, and enjoyed learning about nursing training in the 1930s and reading Edith s personal story The short stories about her district nursing patients were also enjoyable but could have been better integrated with the rest of the narrative As a nurse myself, I enjoyed reading about life as a trainee nurse in the 1930 s and the authors experience of working as a nurse in the community in the 1950 s It provides a fascinating insight into life in a different era, working in a difficult profession against the backdrop of war and the introduction of the NHS.I found the writing difficult to stomach in places, due the authors insistence of using regional dialect throughout As a southerner, it was difficult to fully concentrate on her s As a nurse myself, I enjoyed reading about life as a trainee nurse in the 1930 s and the authors experience of working as a nurse in the community in the 1950 s It provides a fascinating insight into life in a different era, working in a difficult profession against the backdrop of war and the introduction of the NHS.I found the writing difficult to stomach in places, due the authors insistence of using regional dialect throughout As a southerner, it was difficult to fully concentrate on her story whilst trying to digest the various phrases and abbreviations used in the area where Cotterill lived and worked I understand this helped personalise her memoir, however to appeal to the wider masses, it would have helped to tone down some of this writing style.I would recommend this book to those interested in the good old days of nursing when matron shook fear into the hearts and souls of newly qualified nurses Or even if you trained in this era yourself, for purely selfish nostalgic reasons, give it a read loved it when I read it then, read it again this year 2010 when a friend bought it for my birthday, I thought bit s where formilular and then several months later I was clearing out some stuff in the loft and in an old suitcase I found my 1986 copy in hardback So I ve read it twice and enjoyed it both times I became a District nurse myself in 1980 and most of what Edith wrote about 1950 hadn t changed much, I ve just recently retired from District Nursing and basic of visiting peoples homes is loved it when I read it then, read it again this year 2010 when a friend bought it for my birthday, I thought bit s where formilular and then several months later I was clearing out some stuff in the loft and in an old suitcase I found my 1986 copy in hardback So I ve read it twice and enjoyed it both times I became a District nurse myself in 1980 and most of what Edith wrote about 1950 hadn t changed much, I ve just recently retired from District Nursing and basic of visiting peoples homes is much the same but by car, not bike or on foot, mybe sometime on foot, depends on weather and parking in some areas Great bookAnd the 1986 Nurse on Call was published by Century Hutchinson Ltd not Ebury Press they published the 2010 version I believe This was a very good book and I enjoyed it thoroughly Edith s past life is by far very interesting and I was quite amazed too These were some elements of humour in this book which made me laugh and some very intriguing parts especially about what nurses used in the past I almost cried in the last chapter, it was very very moving Although this was a memoir, I chose to read it for research purposes It has helped to some extent I have even did a couple of fan art of this book too which can be This was a very good book and I enjoyed it thoroughly Edith s past life is by far very interesting and I was quite amazed too These were some elements of humour in this book which made me laugh and some very intriguing parts especially about what nurses used in the past I almost cried in the last chapter, it was very very moving Although this was a memoir, I chose to read it for research purposes It has helped to some extent I have even did a couple of fan art of this book too which can be seen on my blog There is another fan art of this book that I will show on my blog, but it will be the last one I wouldn t want to be sexist but I think this book will definitely appealto girls You become increasingly attached to Edith theyou read and at points it even made me cry and gave me Nightmares about head lice maybe best forgotten Also having grown up near the black country where i was set it was interesting to hear about the history of the area from someone who experienced it Edith is a brilliant writer drawing her audience in and in doing so allowing us to feel what she was goi I wouldn t want to be sexist but I think this book will definitely appealto girls You become increasingly attached to Edith theyou read and at points it even made me cry and gave me Nightmares about head lice maybe best forgotten Also having grown up near the black country where i was set it was interesting to hear about the history of the area from someone who experienced it Edith is a brilliant writer drawing her audience in and in doing so allowing us to feel what she was going though wether that was humorous or tragic If you are expecting, The True Story of a 1950s District Nurse , then you may be disappointed as that only represents a small proportion of the book Having said that, overall, it s an interesting memoir of its time Some of the advances in medicine abandoning leaches one can be very grateful for I didn t get on well with the dialect I can t hear it as I read it, unlike Scottish patter Also the glossary is all very well, but most of the words I looked up weren t in it Be warned, it has an If you are expecting, The True Story of a 1950s District Nurse , then you may be disappointed as that only represents a small proportion of the book Having said that, overall, it s an interesting memoir of its time Some of the advances in medicine abandoning leaches one can be very grateful for I didn t get on well with the dialect I can t hear it as I read it, unlike Scottish patter Also the glossary is all very well, but most of the words I looked up weren t in it Be warned, it has an unexpectedly sad ending A lovely book, evoking an era long gone However, the title is a little misleading, as we don t actually get to hear much of the author s work in the 50s A lot is devoted to her early life and training, which is fascinating Some of the timelines jump a little, but the anecdotes are just enthralling The final story wrenches your heart and was clearly the inspiration to write the book.Overall a lovely story and well worth a read The world that she grew up in is long gone, and it s great that b A lovely book, evoking an era long gone However, the title is a little misleading, as we don t actually get to hear much of the author s work in the 50s A lot is devoted to her early life and training, which is fascinating Some of the timelines jump a little, but the anecdotes are just enthralling The final story wrenches your heart and was clearly the inspiration to write the book.Overall a lovely story and well worth a read The world that she grew up in is long gone, and it s great that books like this are written to preserve that long lost lifestyle This is a wonderful hilarious book I am thinking of buying for a friend who is a nurse Just when I thought about putting it down because of the strange jargon, I decided to stick it out, and boy am I glad Edith Cotterill is such a good writer, but be prepared, there are some very sad parts in the book which left me in tears I will treasure this book and will keep it to read in my old age What a treasure. This book started off with lots of humour and a great insight into life in Britain between the two world wars Behind the humour sometimes there was sadness and a horror at the way things were done back then, but overall a very positive, get on with it, attitude to life Unknowingly an affection for Edith and her family creeps upon you and by the end when tragedy strikes one is caught unawares A great read about a real person, you can relate to. "/>
  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • Nurse On Call: The True Story of a 1950s District Nurse
  • Edith Cotterill
  • English
  • 08 June 2019
  • 0091937566