Nursing Jambalaya with Gumbo on the Side

Nurses Speak Out

Non-Fiction - Health - Medical
114 Pages
Reviewed on 04/22/2013
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Reviewed by Lela Buchanan for Readers' Favorite

We all know that medical doctors must have years of training to "fix" our physical problems. We know that nurses have always been relegated to a subservient position beside a doctor. They require less training. But there is much more to the nursing profession as the book, "Nursing Jambalaya with Gumbo on the Side" reveals. Written by three nurses, Jacqueline Spencer, Lynell Whittington-Brignac, and Beverly S. Ward, the book begins by giving a much-needed history lesson, not of the nursing profession, but of the often overlooked role of the black nurse in our society. Did you know (as I did not) that besides being courageous abolitionists, both Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth were also nurses? Although I had not heard of them before, others like Mary Grant Seacole and Mabel Keaton Staupers earned distinction for their nursing contributions. The authors also offer some practical advice and wisdom for anyone choosing to pursue a career in nursing, based on their combined years of experience in the field.

Why choose nursing? Spencer states that at the time she grew up, "there were three honorable professions for a Jamaican woman: a nurse, teacher or bank employee. A woman who chose any of those professions would be revered, and would earn a great deal of respect in society." Much of the wisdom in the book could be applicable to any aspect of life. These ladies chose a profession, set goals (which they keep expanding), and worked to achieve them with integrity and pride. A worthy goal for all of us. If you are looking for an inside look at a nurse's job, prefaced with some interesting history, look no further than "Nursing Jambalaya with Gumbo on the Side."