Haikus Of A Nursing Student

Rated 4.75/5 based on 8 reviews
This is a little book of Haikus written by a Nursing student in the final semester of her program. They deal with everything, form birth to death. Some are silly, some are sad, some are a little angry. She wrote them out in her shaky amateur calligraphy script. Her roommate (and personal hero) offered to illustrate them, which was pretty neat given that he gets paid to do that kind of stuff. More

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About Sonya Wolski

Sonya Wolski is a short, high pitched human with permanent dark circles under her eyes, and a permanently dark sense of humour. She likes visiting different places, and hanging out underwater, and lots of different animals. One time she touched a wallaby. She’s a chronic underachiever, but her parents still love her. She has very few natural predators, and a healthy fear of primates. She plays videogames, but likes healing other players and picking virtual flowers more than killing monsters, so she doesn’t get much done. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in the spring of 2017.

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Review by: JoChalupiak on June 25, 2017 :
Hospitals are cesspools of human suffering. When you pass through the emergency room doors, a magical transformation happens. The individual you are, or perhaps, the individual you love, is replaced by a patient. That is, a slab of diseased pork on a stainless-steel table, wrapped in a toothpaste coloured nightgown.
Full disclosure: I hate hospitals and disease and doctors… the more revolting aspects of the medical institution. Perhaps I even hate having a body myself. So vulnerable, and sticky, you know?
For me, the value of this little book is its capacity to deepen, and in some ways, challenge this interpretation of medical spaces. After reading it, I still think hospitals are cesspools of human suffering. They promise miseries for the sick, for the healthy peering in at the sick, and--here’s where my appreciation has expanded a little-- for the nurses who must keep up the charade that whatever happens there isn’t so extraordinary, after all.
In a twisted kind of way, I’m glad that medical professionals have the feelings these haikus express. (Beautifully, by the way). In an equally twisted way, I’m relieved that I don’t have to have to suffer these feelings. Some people have to work in hospitals, I guess. Glad it’s not me.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Review by: James Biard on June 3, 2017 :
I am biased because I drew the pictures in it. To be fair, I initially didn't want to.

Some of the haikus are light-hearted and funny, but some are poignant, tragic, and brutally real. Lost causes, life-and-death results, and pointless struggles all feature here as well and I didn't want my doodles getting in the way of that beautiful honesty. I tried to stay out of the way as much as I could, only adding visual interest like a prop every couple of pages. I think I ended up with some nice little icings for this cake, but I am seriously impressed with the baker.

If you are a health-care student or professional, these metered observations will resonate with your own experiences. Check it out, and let a weird bit of wonderful into your life.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: slideyfoot on May 30, 2017 :
The main demographic who are likely to enjoy this book are those in the medical profession, particularly fellow nursing students. The poems create a picture of what that experience is like, ranging from the intense fatigue brought on by long hours, through to the pain of losing a patient.

Each haiku follows the 5-7-5 syllabic pattern common to the English language version of the form, without getting into the various complexities that come with the Japanese original. Most of the haiku have an accompanying light-hearted illustration. Interestingly, the text of each poem is not typed in a standard font, but rather a reproduction of handwriting.

The extent of my medical knowledge is mostly limited to half-remembered episodes of 'Scrubs', so a lot of the references initially went over my head. However, there is a glossary of terms at the back, very handy if you're not in the field.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
Review by: Denis Janveau on May 24, 2017 :
This collection of haiku succeeds marvelously at demonstrating the challenges and joys of a person working in a profession where she's expected to be at her best while everything around her is at it's worst.

Lighthearted when the subject matter warrants it, and heartwrenchingly vulnerable and real when paying due respect to genuine tragedy, the presentation of the works in calligraphy and illustration is absolutely charming.

I highly recommend this collection for anyone who has ever wanted to empathize with an exhausted health care provider who puts on their bravest face for the world day in and day out.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: CathA on May 24, 2017 :
Makes you laugh and tear up in equal measure as universal moments for student nurses are honestly put to words. From the mundane moments to the ridiculous ones, each page captures the dedication and humor needed to make it through a nursing program and continue on into a nursing career.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: MelloYelloC on May 24, 2017 :
Sonya's short collection of haiku sets out to, in a very concise manner, depict the experiences of a nursing student. In this the book achieves its goal, as it provides a heartfelt description of the incredible test of body and will required to succeed in this endeavour.

Accompanied by oftentimes comical and always poignant illustrations, the book is a joy to read, and feels unguarded in a way which is rare.

However, there are some more traditional failures of form, notably the lack of seasonal words in each haiku. It must be noted as well that at times the use of medical terminology renders the meaning of certain haiku opaque. So too the references to characters or people which have not been established in the text.

A worthwhile read, especially for those who are in the process of, or have obtained, a B. ScN.

Also any medical professional.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Jiujitsuguru82 on May 24, 2017 :
Each page captures a moment in the struggle to face responsibility and death, while trying to remain sufficiently caffeinated and hopefully still have something left in the tank for hope, humour and sunshine!

Calligraphy is elegant and clever use of color makes a bold impact on the poetry. The Illustrations make excellent companions to the verse and script. I LOVED THIS BOOK!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: KathEkman on May 23, 2017 :
It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me laugh while crying!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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