Book Review & Giveaway: Welcome to Nursing HELLo by Joel Craig

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11-23-2014 3-04-09 PMTitle: Welcome to Nursing HELLo: A Graphic Memoir
Author: Joel Craig
Publisher: Joel Craig
Pages: 190
Genre: Graphic Memoir/Nonfiction
Format: Paperback

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This nurse is not out to save the world. He’s too busy dodging bed pans and urine containers.

 What happens when all the jobs for movie star have been filled. The next best thing is to become a registered nurse and that is exactly what Joel Craig did. Here is Joel’s journey through the pitfalls, quicksand, and joy(s) of his profession told in a graphic memoir format. The book begins in the year 2007 with Joel’s story unfolding in chronological order. 

 Such topics are discussed: dirty needle sticks, intimidating preceptors, job stress, and cursing on the job. Joel has imaginary conversations with rockstar Madonna, who is preparing to play Nurse Ratched on Broadway, who gives him advice along the way. Nursing students and new nurses can learn from Joel’s mistakes and what NOT to do as well as what to do. But they will get a little peek into what it’s like being a new nurse. This is almost like a small shock absorber to make the transition to new nurse not so bumpy. Also actors, writers and any creative person who appreciate the struggles of an artist in a world where art and commerce are seldom friends, will appreciate this book.



I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

I was a Registered Nurse for several years and, although the first year or two were hell, I can look back and laugh at some of the things that happened. So, I expected this book to be more anecdotal and funny, possibly partly because of the graphic presentation, but it’s not a book meant to make you laugh.

Joel Craig hit the nail on the head when giving the facts about what it’s like to be a nurse the first 2 or 3 years: the stress, the indecision, the lack of support from some seasoned nurses and the amazing support from others, the pride of doing things (like starting an IV) right, and making a difference in patients’ lives.

The use of graphics to tell his story was a different and good idea although it was a little difficult for these tired eyes to read them.

Welcome to Nursing HELLo is not a book to read for entertainment. It would definitely be a good book, though, for nursing students, their families, new grads, or those thinking about going into nursing. 


About the Author

 11-23-2014 3-04-34 PMJOEL CRAIG is a nurse who works at a busy hospital in Los Angeles and lives with his husband, Donovan. They have been married twice with the second time finally being legal. In addition to writing about nursing, Joel is also an actor, having appeared in the films, Sideshow and Sordid Lives. Currently he is acting in the web series, What’s My Intention? He’s working on his next graphic novel, Vampire Nurse in Hollywood.

His latest book is the graphic memoir/nonfiction, Welcome to Nursing HELLo: A Graphic Memoir.

For More Information



 Joel is giving away three paperback copies of WELCOME TO NURSING HELLO, 3 pens, 3 magnets and (3) $25 Amazon Gift Cards!

Terms & Conditions:

  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • Three winners will be chosen via Rafflecopter.
  • This giveaway begins November 3 and ends November 29.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on Monday, December 1.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.

Good luck everyone!


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4 thoughts on “Book Review & Giveaway: Welcome to Nursing HELLo by Joel Craig

  1. Joseph Hawkshaw November 26, 2014 / 6:05 am

    Book looks very good


    • sleepygirl2 November 26, 2014 / 7:40 am

      It is good. It should be required reading for nurses to be.


  2. Ty Wilson November 26, 2014 / 8:57 am

    I’ve never had any desire to be a nurse, but this book piques my interest about the life of a new nurse. I look forward to reading it. Thanks!


    • sleepygirl2 November 26, 2014 / 9:02 am

      I think you’ll find it interesting. I think most people who aren’t connected to nursing in some way don’t realize what nurses deal with, especially at the beginning. Obviously, since I’m a former RN, it wasn’t for me. It takes a special kind of person to thrive as a nurse and I admire anyone who can do it.


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