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Our Lamps Were Heavy

by Eleanor A. Sinclair
Eleanor Sinclair opens the yellowed pages of her daily diaries and revisits the three years she spent training at the Holy Family Hospital School of Nursing in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan in the 1950s. She tells of the austere Sisters who trained her, details everyday happenings in the hospital and nurses' residence, shares shocking stories about hospital life, and tells all that it took to earn a gold pin and a nurse’s cap with the treasured black band.
ISBN 978-0-9879643-3-5  Non-fiction; 5.5"w x 8.5"h; 152 pages / 41 photos
C. 2012; Ages 13 to Adult; Nursing; Saskatchewan; Prince Albert; Biography; Saskatchewan history; Saskatchewan author


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Reviews and Responses from Readers:
  • "I gave this book to my sister. She trained at the same time at the Grey Nuns Hospital in Regina. She really enjoyed it. She bought two for her friends. And Egg Money is very nice, too."
  • "I got this book as a gift for Christmas. I was a nurse. And it is so good."
  • "I really enjoyed that book. It took me back to my training at Grey Nuns' Hospital and how the nuns would watch you so closely."
  • "Thank you to Eleanor Sinclair for writing such a good book. I was a nurse in training from 1942 to 1945 and I can relate to what she talks about in her book. It was quite the time!"
  • "I read this book. I'm a nurse. I liked it very much. Training sure has changed since then."
  • "Once I got started, I couldn't put it down, and I read it right through."
  • "It's a good thing you put in the diary entries or it would sound like far-out fiction."
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DriverWorks Ink is pleased to donate to numerous charities from the sale of many of our books.
Our Charities of Choice include: Canadian Cancer Society, Cancer Research Unit at University of Saskatchewan/Canadian Cancer Agency, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, CIBC Run for the Cure, Relay For Life, Raise-A-Reader, Canadian Paralympic Association, Children's Wish Foundation, Lung Association of Saskatchewan, Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Trust Fund, Canadian War Museum, KLD Wellness Foundation, Alzheimer Society of Canada.

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 DriverWorks Ink gratefully acknowledges support from the Government of Saskatchewan through Creative Saskatchewan's Creative Industries Production and Market & Export Development Grants