Behind the Mask

by Hattie Ballard



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/9/2003

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.25x11
Page Count : 460
ISBN : 9781403399823
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 460
ISBN : 9781403399816

About the Book

Behind this mask is about the lives of nurses and how they face each day. What they feel and how they must accept and be able to go to the nest challenge. It tells how they feel about life and death and the challenges facing the nurse. The story allows the reader to realize that the nurse must hide their feelings, and to do this they wear an invisible mask. If they needed to be sad, angry or impatient, the patients feel they were not the center of the nurse’s universe. And so, it brings the reader to realize that the nurse is human and has learned to put their worries and frustrations, or whatever it is, to make the patient feel they are going to be really well card for, behind a mask. The nurse has become one of the greatest actors in the world.

About the Author

I grew up in Rockford, Illinois. I graduated from West Senior High School in 1945. I went into nursing at St. Anthoney’s hospital right after graduation into nursing. I was in my second year when I met and fell madly in love with my husband. It wasn’t long after that that I left training and married. We had four handsome sons.

I was longing to get back into nursing, so the first thing I did was to become an L.P.N. Right after that I went to Rock Valley College (junior collage) and got my R.N.

I attended Northern Illinois University in DeKelb, Illinois where I received my Bachelor’s in Nursing degree, in 1976

I worked at the local hospitals learning and seeing the things I have written about in my book. Tragedy struck when my husband was killed at work and so I moved to Reno to begin a new life. My children were all grown. I still kept collecting memories about the people I took care of. I felt I needed to get away from Illinois so I moved to Reno, where I have lived for almost thirty years. Working in many phases of the nursing field. I’ve been staff nurse to Director of Nursing in long Term care. I taught nursing assistants at Sierra Nevada Job Corps for several years, before I retired. But then I was bored so I have gone back to work at a small long-term care hospital near my home. I’ve since remarried and we live quietly with our Philadelphia Boston Terrie, Tootsie.

I love to cook and do all that stuff, like knitting and crocheting and reading.