Welcome to Nursing Hello, a Graphic Memoir: A Graphic Memoir + Giveaway

About the Book:


This nurse is not out to save the world. He’s too busy dodging bed pans and urine containers.

What happens when all the jobs for movie star have been filled. The next best thing is to become a registered nurse and that is exactly what Joel Craig did. Here is Joel’s journey through the pitfalls, quicksand, and joy(s) of his profession told in a graphic memoir format. The book begins in the year 2007 with Joel’s story unfolding in chronological order. 

Such topics are discussed: dirty needle sticks, intimidating preceptors, job stress, and cursing on the job. Joel has imaginary conversations with rockstar Madonna, who is preparing to play Nurse Ratched on Broadway, who gives him advice along the way. Nursing students and new nurses can learn from Joel’s mistakes and what NOT to do as well as what to do. But they will get a little peek into what it’s like being a new nurse. This is almost like a small shock absorber to make the transition to new nurse not so bumpy. Also actors, writers and any creative person who appreciate the struggles of an artist in a world where art and commerce are seldom friends, will appreciate this book.

For More Information

Welcome to Nursing HELLo: A Graphic Memoir is available  Amazon .

Pick up your copy at    Barnes & Noble .

Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at   Goodreads .

My Review

I wanted to read this book because I have read a few other books from nurses in the healthcare profession. The stories they have shared from their job are funny. Which the stories that Mr. Craig shares are no exception. It was just that I did not find myself laughing as much as I had hoped to reading this book. However I do appreciate the author's raw candor and insightful look into the life of a nurse. When I say "raw" I mean it. The author has no filter so if you get easily offended then you may not want to read this book. Especially since the whole book is also illustrated with pictures like a comic book strip. Which I liked this format. It was different and really brought to life the story that the author was telling. Or I should say what his life is really like. The author's passion to be an actor was clear in the book. He had a good way of story telling.

About the Author

JOEL CRAIG is a nurse who works at a busy hospital in Los Angeles and lives with his husband, Donovan. They have been married twice with the second time finally being legal. In addition to writing about nursing, Joel is also an actor, having appeared in the films, Sideshow and Sordid Lives. Currently

he is acting in the web series, What’s My Intention? He's working on his next graphic novel, Vampire Nurse in Hollywood.

His latest book is the graphic memoir/nonfiction, Welcome to Nursing HELLo: A Graphic Memoir .

For More Information

Visit Joel Craig’s website .

Connect with Joel on   Facebook and   Twitter .

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traveler said…
This book is unique. How do you get along with the doctors? Sounds like quite an experience. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com
Unknown said…
The doctors were a challenge. When I worked in med/surg which is like a general floor where the less sick go to such as a broken leg or gall bladder surgery the doctors sometimes treated us like we were lazy or stupid which we weren't. When I moved to the ICU the doctors are more respectful and think that we are all smart. The problem really is that in med/surg we had 5 patients while in ICU we have 2. Those 2 are sicker in ICU but we still have more time to dedicate to those patients. I honestly believe if we had a 4 patients to 1 nurse in med/surg then that would be better for the patients in the long run.
rubynreba said…
I have two very good friends who are nursing students. I know they would enjoy reading this too. Do the nurses and doctors really have as much drama as they do on the TV shows?
Unknown said…
I've only watched ER. I'm not sure about the other shows. On the floor away from the ER it is not as dramatic. We are busy doing tasks, charting, drawing labs, admitting, discharging. Sometimes things can get dramatic if we have an uncooperative psych patient. If we have a crashing patient things might get a little fast but if I'm working with a team who know what they are doing it's not too dramatic. We just intervene.
The most drama is with psych patients and sometimes conflicts between the nurses. I've gotten into a verbal fight with a few doctors before. One specific instance a doctor removed too much fluid from a patients belly and his blood pressure went really low and I called the doctor stupid. Most of the time there's not too much drama though.
Ally Swanson said…
Congrats on the new book! This book definitely sounds like an interesting read and seems to offer significant insight to the nursing world. As a fellow health care worker I am curious to know how you and your fellow co-workers are coping with the new healthcare laws. For example, we're struggling with a shortage on employees and with the increased number of patients coming in there's a lot of overwhelmed employees that is leading to lower care standards, decreased personalization with patients, increased mistakes, decrease in employee morale, etc. Since you work at a larger facility have you noticed any change?

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