Are you a nurse who loves our wonderful profession?

Did you go into nursing hoping to love it, but now feel stressed and disheartened because you don’t have enough time to provide the level of care you’d like to?

Are you a student nurse looking for advice because you’re feeling a bit nervous now graduation is coming up?

My name is Allie Wilson and I understand exactly how nurses feel because I’m a Registered Nurse who adores nursing but ended up burning out and taking time away when I had children. So, to celebrate our wonderful vocation and to help my fellow nurses avoid reaching a similar breaking point, I’ve collected a book full of the advice I wish I’d had when it all got too much for me.

To produce What I Wish I Knew about Nursing I interviewed over 200 nurses, from all backgrounds and from all over the world, and asked them “If you could turn back the clock to when you just started in nursing and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?” Then, because I know how resistant young people are to being told what to do, I made sure that each interviewee’s wonderful insights were next to a slightly daggy photo of them in their younger days – complete with cape, gloves and ‘flying nun’ cap – just so all this wisdom doesn’t get too preachy or ‘holier than thou’.

Tap into the wisdom of other peoples’ experience

If you’re ready to be reminded – in a heartfelt and powerful way – why you joined ‘the caring profession’ in the first place, if you want to get some real advice from real nurses to help you cope with anything your day can throw at you, and if you’d love to listen to some raw, moving, and often absolutely hilarious stories that will help you not just survive, but thrive and adore your job, then What I Wish I Knew about Nursing is just what you’ve been looking for.

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What I Wish I Knew about Nursing is like having a mentor in your pocket or on your coffee table and should be required reading for anyone thinking of joining the profession.

Review in The College of Nursing magazine, Nursing.Aust

It made me laugh and almost cry! Congratulations, and thank you. This is just what nursing needs.

Liz Spaull,  National Workforce Planning & Development Manager, Ramsay Health Care

Leigh Spokes

I love this book, it makes me cry every time I read it. No matter how old you are and how long you have been nursing for, all the stories feel so relevant today.. all the messages from all these amazing nurses touched my heart and remind me why I decided to become a nurse. Thank you for this amazing book.

Paula Lambert, RN

What a wonderful, wonderful book! What I Wish I Knew about Nursing should be on every student nurses booklist. It’s insightful, honest and tells it exactly how it is. It’s brilliant!

Sandi Waters-Lewis, RN

Trish Dunning

What you will learn from my book

When you read What I Wish I Knew about Nursing they will:

– discover little known strategies experienced nurses use to look at even the worst day in a positive light

– unlock 3 secrets to reducing stress by ‘leaving work at work’

– learn 5 practical lessons you must know when you’re just starting out

– uncover countless survival tips that will increase their ability to maintain motivation (and one of them is so easy they’ll be able to flick the switch in minutes)

– countless ways to cope with overwhelm and help them remember why they joined our wonderful profession in the first place, and the reasons why not knowing these skills will cause them to lose motivation fast


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A totally unique solution

I realise there are lots of nursing books on the market, but this is the only one written for nurses, by nurses – and presented in a format that makes even the most cynical of us raise a smile and take some advice on board. The What I Wish I Knew books keep the advice poignant and raw while making sure it remains accessible and engaging.

Mentor in your pocket

Now you don’t have to waste the 12 years I spent being worn down by the demands of the job. You don’t have to spend the 2 years it has taken me to interview all the amazing people in What I Wish I Knew about Nursing. You can access all the incredible wisdom of a whole family of mentors in the 2 hours it takes to read this beautiful and touching book.

I guarantee that every single nurse who spends the time to read this book cover to cover will get tips, strategies and inspiration they need to embrace their career with an open heart.

All the best,




P.S. There are many text books, reports and white papers on how we ‘should’ nurse, but we thought it was time to give real nurses a chance to express, in their own words, what the profession means to them.

Produced in collaboration with Royal College of Nursing, Australia, What I Wish I Knew about Nursing is available here and from RCNA.


Buy the printed book and the kindle now at 


If you are in Australia?

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