Ins and Outs of a Locked Ward: My 30 Years as a Psychiatric Nurse (Paperback)

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Bookseller: Linda 

Title: Ins and Outs of a Locked Ward


Kevin O'Hara is a man with a BIG heart, a quick mind, and funny bones. 

Being a psychiatrist in a "locked ward" is a noble profession. Kevin or "Kevlar" shares his history and his episodes with his career and roommate Ollie, "Fat Boy".

These episodes/stories keep Kev's pain in check and give Ollie time to reflect on his life... 

Yes, 2 adults in hospital beds DO have adventures - riding an imaginary bus across the country!

Yes, Kevin had a bad back injury from intercepting a patient. 

And the time with his roommate, Fat Boy, gave them both time to reflect and think about a future. 

Sadness, hope, and humor gives the will to keep going. 

Listen to Kevin, aka Kevlar, aka Kev!

— From Linda


One flew east, one flew west, one stayed thirty years in the cuckoo's nest. This is his story.

Kevin O'Hara worked for three decades as a psychiatric nurse at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. There he brought to his patients the same warmth and humor that won him acclaim for his first two memoirs, the beloved Irish travel saga Last of the Donkey Pilgrims, and A Lucky Irish Lad, his precise and witty evocation of growing up as an Irish Catholic immigrant in the 1950s and 60s.Now he tells the stories of the many colorful characters he encountered on the locked ward over all those years, and of the camaraderie of hospital workers. Though intended to be entertaining -- rollicking even - Ins and Outs of a Locked Ward has much to say about changes in the medical profession and mental health treatment over those years.Set within the framework of a transformative week near the end of his career, O'Hara careens freely through the years to tell his story (and those of others) with characteristic energy, unbridled humor, and feeling for detail. Storytelling is the essence, both of the book and of his therapeutic practice.Ins and Outs of a Locked Ward is a celebration of the helping professions, and an implicit exploration of what it means to be human. Darn funny too. Join Nurse Lite and his merry band for a marvelous series of adventures, some happy, some sad, but always moving.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781627203968
ISBN-10: 1627203966
Publisher: Loyola College/Apprentice House
Publication Date: May 1st, 2022
Pages: 380
Language: English