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Reviewed by Lois Henderson for Readers' Favorite
Chris Lengle introduces The Male Nurse Survival Guide as “a real, no-b[…]-s[…] survival guide” (elisions my own) to the world of nursing. As he notes, “[t]his is the raw, real, and uncensored guide to surviving as a male nurse” in the United States. As such, he tackles the world of nursing head-on from the male perspective in a largely female-dominated world. Having spent fifteen years working in sundry different units all over the States, Lengle has a host of encounters under his belt, practical experience he freely draws on to enlighten the reader. Pages of sound practical advice, based on the multiple skills and holistic knowledge that he has picked up along the way, are permeated with a great sense of humor. Despite Lengle’s word or two of caution that nursing can be a challenging career, the overall tone of The Male Nurse Survival Guide is upbeat and encouraging.
The earnest desire that Chris Lengle has to make nursing appear to be a more accessible and agreeable profession is effectively and pleasurably shared in The Male Nurse Survival Guide. I really enjoyed the amusing, yet thoughtfully compiled lists (like “The Nine Types of Lionesses”– no prizes for guessing the nature of the pride!) and the skillful arrangement and organization of the book, from nursing school onwards. No matter your gender, or whether or not you or a family member or close friend are in the nursing profession, you’re likely to enjoy this joyfully told and informative work. Many nursing schools will appreciate this book which could serve as a welcome text in any nursing resource collection.