Call the Nurse: True Stories of a Country Nurse on a by Mary J. MacLeod

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By Mary J. MacLeod

Uninterested in the speed and noise of existence close to London and eager for a greater position to elevate their childrens, Mary J. MacLeod and her husband encountered their dream whereas traveling on a distant island within the Scottish Hebrides. Enthralled by way of its windswept good looks, they quickly have been the proud proprietors of a near-derelict croft house—a farmer’s stone cottage—on “a small acre” of land. Mary assumed tasks because the island’s district nurse. name the Nurse is her account of the enchanted years she and her relations spent there, coming to understand its people as either sufferers and friends.

In anecdotes which are by means of turns humorous, unhappy, relocating, and tragic, she recollects all of them, the crofters and their laird, the boatmen and tradesmen, younger enthusiasts and forbidding churchmen. opposed to the old fashioned island tradition and the grandeur of mountain and sea spread indelible tales: a tender girl carried via snow for airlift to the medical institution; a rescue by means of boat; the wedding of a gradual mammoth and the island good looks; a ghostly stumble upon; the surprising discovery of a lady in chains; the flames of a heather hearth at evening; an unexploded bomb from international conflict II; and the pleased, tipsy occasion of a ceilidh. Gaelic fortitude meets a nurse’s compassion in those very good precise tales from rural Scotland.

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For example, she wrote: Heaven is neither a place nor a time. There might be a heaven not only here but now. It is true that sometimes we must sacrifice not only health of the body but health of mind (or peace) in the interest of God; that is, we must sacrifice heaven. (Cook, 1923, p. 233) In many ways Nightingale's comment reminds one of Newman's (1994) contemporary stance that disease is not necessarily bad but may be a signal of growth, repatterning, and expanding consciousness—the latter notion Newman's equivalent of spiritual growth.

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