A Nurse in Time: My Life as a Trainee Nurse in the 1930s

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Ebury Press, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
"It must be stressed from the start that I was not a born nurse. Not every girl is. Not every nurse is either, however wholeheartedly she may throw herself into the project once she gets going. Born nurses can be easily recognised. They have a little something the others haven't got which never seems to desert them however desperate the circumstances may become" Desperate circumstances were something Evelyn Prentis had to get very used to when she began her life as a nurse. It was in 1934 that Evelyn left home for the first time to enroll as a trainee at a busy Nottingham hospital in the hope of 25 a year. A Nurse in Time is her affectionate and funny account of those days of dedication and hardship, when never?ending nightshifts, strict nuns, and permanent hunger ruled life, and joy was to be found in a late?night pass and a packet of Woodbine cigarettes.

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About the author (2011)

Brought up in Lincolnshire, Evelyn Prentis (real name Evelyn Taws) left home at eighteen to become a nurse. She later moved to London during the war, where she married and raised her family. Like so many other nurses, she went back to hospital and used any spare time she might have had bringing up her children and running her home. Born in 1915, she sadly died in 2001 at the age of eighty-five.

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