Call the Nurse

Call the Nurse

True Stories of A Country Nurse on A Scottish Isle

eBook - 2013
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Tired of the pace and noise of life near London and longing for a better place to raise their young children, Mary J. MacLeod and her husband encountered their dream while vacationing on a remote island in the Scottish Hebrides. Enthralled by its windswept beauty, they soon were the proud owners of a near-derelict croft house-a farmer's stone cottage-on "a small acre" of land. Mary assumed duties as the island's district nurse. Call the Nurse is her account of the enchanted years she and her family spent there, coming to know its folk as both patients and friends. In anecdotes that are by turns funny, sad, moving, and tragic, she recalls them all, the crofters and their laird, the boatmen and tradesmen, young lovers and forbidding churchmen. Against the old-fashioned island culture and the grandeur of mountain and sea unfold indelible stories: a young woman carried through snow for airlift to the hospital; a rescue by boat; the marriage of a gentle giant and the island beauty; a ghostly encounter; the shocking discovery of a woman in chains; the flames of a heather fire at night; an unexploded bomb from World War II; and the joyful, tipsy celebration of a ceilidh. Gaelic fortitude meets a nurse's compassion in these wonderful true stories from rural Scotland.
Publisher: [United States] : Arcade Publishing : Made available through hoopla, 2013
ISBN: 9781611459173
1611459176
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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CRRL_VirginiaJohnson Jun 08, 2017

As a personal account of time spent decades ago on a small Scottish island, this book is a truly pleasant diversion. It's true--not a screenplay--so don't expect high drama, but you will find wisdom.

ontherideau Jan 04, 2017

This is a charming memoir of life in the 1970s in the Hebrides. If you like the Doc Martin dvd series this is a book for you. Community life amongst good people.
"Gie me a wee knock if the snow's down" a quote from Big Craig, the roadman, who would get up to help with transport if the nurse got a call in bad weather.

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readerpat
Dec 08, 2016

This is a lovely book about life on a remote Scottish Island. Each chapter is a different story of humour, sadness, love ,problems and abuse. Only one nurse and one doctor for the whole Island and several other small islands. I really enjoyed it.

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vickder
Jul 22, 2016

The author wrote about an interesting job in an interesting location, but the book left me unsatisfied. It was mainly sweet nostalgia that made me feel it may not have been an accurate reflection of the author's life on the island. I think she needed to speak to when and why she lef.

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LauraSteinert
Jul 07, 2015

Don't expect this to be like _Call the Midwife_; it is much more about countryside and gossip than nursing. Not a bad memoir, but not especially engaging.

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nerowolfgal
May 12, 2015

Interesting stories but the author is (I am sure) a better nurse than a writer. Still a record of a time that is disappearing fast.

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JessRB
Sep 05, 2014

A British nurse who moved to a remote Scottish Isle and worked as a community health nurses tells stories of her time there. The stories are funny, and she obviously loved both the people and the land. And for those of you worried about gross nursing stories - these are light on bodily fluids and heavy on humour, so please don't not read it because of that. :)

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