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A Nurse on the Edge of the Desert
A Nurse on the Edge of the Desert

A Nurse on the Edge of the Desert

From Birdsville to Kandahar: The art of extreme nursing


304 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $30.00 (US $30.00) (CA $40.00)

Publication Date: August 2017

ISBN 9780994140791

Rights: US & CA

Massey University Press (Aug 2017)


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International humanitarian-aid nurse and New Zealander Andrew Cameron is the winner of the coveted Florence Nightingale Medal. In this gripping book he recounts his remarkable life nursing in some of the world’s most dangerous and challenging locations, including South Sudan, Yemen, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan. He also details his nursing career in some of Australia’s most remote settlements, where anything can be waiting at the end of a long and dusty outback road: a major road accident, a suicide, a broken arm, a stabbing. With mordant humour, wisdom and insight, he recounts the challenges, excitements, and huge rewards of a nursing life.

Author Biography

Andrew Cameron grew up in the Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, and came to nursing after several years working at a range of jobs. When not working in a war-zone or post-conflict zone, he is the sole medical practitioner in Birdsville, Australia, on the edge of the Simpson Desert and home of the famous Birdsville Races. He is also the recipient of many awards: The Florence Nightingale Medal, Western Australia Nurse of the Year, Australian Nurse of the Year, the Order of Australia (for services to the nursing profession), Massey University’s Distinguished Alumni Medal, La Trobe University’s Distinguished Alumni Award, and Queensland University’s Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award.