Allie and Marty WilsonAfter ten years of nursing experience, Allie Wilson now runs Wellbeing for Nurses Magazine. She writes articles and gives speeches to other nurses on staying inspired. Author of eleven books and numerous magazine articles, her husband Marty has additionally won the Green Faces award for comedy. They live together in Australia.

Review of “What I Wish I Knew about Nursing: Real Advice from Real Nurses on How To Deeply Care for Patients While Still Caring For Yourself”

What I Wish I Knew about NursingHusband and wife team Allie and Marty Wilson have come together to create a book that is truly valuable for anyone involved with nursing. Funny, touching, and enjoyable, this is a well-written book that will help you better understand the field.

What I Wish I Knew about Nursing” features interviews with over 200 nurses. The combined effect like having a pocket full of mentorship that you can take out whenever you need it. With so many diverse perspectives, you get plenty of different kinds of advice. In a profession like nursing, where everyone’s style is different, it’s very helpful to have many viewpoints. This diversity is therefore one of the book’s strengths.

The book is written in a funny, lighthearted voice that keeps you hooked. Marty Wilson’s years of comedy experience shine through; he takes Allie’s advice and interviews and spins them into something new. The combined force of writing and professional experience make this writing team a force to be reckoned with.

Importantly, though, this book isn’t just funny. Allie Wilson herself is a nurse who “burnt out”, and she’s eager to help others avoid that fate. She offers advice and assistance on caring for yourself as well as others. In a profession where emotional involvement is key, it’s important to take some time out and relax. Wilson helps the reader decide on the best strategy for them.

What I Wish I Knew About Nursing is ideal for the nursing student, for the nurse who has burnt out, or for the person considering going into nursing but not quite sure if they want to. It’s chock full of information, stories, and advice for someone who need to the basics about nursing as a career. Wherever you are in your journey, if you’re looking for understanding, joy, and an all-around fun read, this book is a great choice.

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