This career guide emphasizes the personal qualities needed to achieve a successful nursing career. The author, an experienced registered nurse, provides case studies, descriptions of shift routines, and tours of hospital units. She repeatedly stresses unglamourous details as well as the necessary personal traits--judgment, flexibility, and the ability to follow orders. Because the greatest number of nursing positions are still available in hospitals, typical career preparation and job duties for this type of work receive more attention than other types of nursing. Changes in the nursing profession and the different types of degree preparation are also detailed. The final chapter outlines how to get a job, write rÃ‰sumÃ‰s and prepare for interviews. While Heron offers many specific examples of the nursing profession, the information sometimes gets lost in poor chapter and paragraph formating. The book also lacks a much needed glossary and a list of associations and addresses to contact for further information. The amateurish photographs contribute little. Index.