Author: Juliana Adams
Published: Steamboat Springs Publishing (June 21, 2016)
Goodreads Rating (at the time of review): 4.5/5
Genre: Part Nursing memoir, part commentary on the issues that nurses face both internally as well as in the workplace.
How I read it: Hard copy given to me for review.
Did it make me cry?: I definitely teared up a couple times. There is so much of the material I could relate you. As Juliana told story after story of caring for people in the emergency department I felt proud of my profession and inspired to love it again even though at times it is easy to focus on only the negative. I loved the reminder that the work we do is vast and deep infiltrates so many lives daily.
In fact, I read this book in the summer at a time when I felt really disenfranchised with life and especially nursing. I hadn’t been taking good care of myself and was left with very little to give to even my family, let alone my patients and coworkers.
Shortly after reading it I stopped blogging but Juliana’s words have stuck with me. Even when it’s challenging I do believe that nursing can be a calling.
She begins her memoirs as a new nurse, fully enamored with the profession, nervous and excited as I’m sure most of us were.
It made me realize how long ago those days were for me! I remember feeling as if each new patient was a privilege. I approached new skills with awe and anticipation and a little trepidation. I recently had a student and was reminded how far I’ve come. Things I used to do with the utmost care and have become second nature. Comfort and ease can be a good thing but it’s also easy to become complacent.
I related to Juliana’s emergency room nursing days as well, where everything seemed to click. There are days where I love my job and know it matters. I also related to her later experience of feeling like things were changing. The feeling of knowing what needs to change and feeling powerless to change it.
Sometimes, I feel like I might be stuck there, but the rest of Juliana’s story gives me hope. I look up to her and her experience and courage as she has stepped beyond bedside nursing.
Her passion for improving the nursing profession has inspired me. The book gave me a lot to think about. I feel like I’m in a transition period, my kids are still little, I like bedside nursing a lot of the time, but sometimes I have so many ideas for how to make it better. My love of nursing is slowly transforming into a love for nurses and the precious work that we do.
I hope I too can use my words to encourage and inspire the profession, maybe even one day write a book. Juliana’s book was part story, part reality, and part inspiration, and I hope if I ever have the opportunity, that I can offer the same types of words to the nursing community.
Who Should Read It?
Nurses should definitely read this book! I think it’s a good book for anyone wanting to go into the nursing profession or early in their career. However, I think those of use that are creeping into the years of burn out and frustration will be the most inspired and relate the most to her words. I certainly did.
The Joy of Nursing was an easy read. Juliana tells her story of nursing in a way that many nurses can relate to. It is also a worthwhile read for a glimpse into a very complex profession from someone who has examined their career through many phases.
I was given a copy of The Joy of Nursing to review however all thoughts and opinions are my own. I can honestly say this is a book I would have chosen to read regardless.
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