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Joan Woodcock always dreamed of becoming a nurse. And in 1966 the dream came true. From her very first day as a naive 16 year old cadet standing nervously outside the matron's office this is Joan's story of an eventful career spanning over forty years in NHS nursing. Working on hospital wards casualty units and out in the community as well as stints in a prison and a police unit dealing with sexual assault Joan has seen it all. In this moving memoir she gives an honest revealing account of a challenging unpredictable and ultimately rewarding life in nursing. From an early encounter with a horrific axe injury to the patient who swallowed their suppositories to daily dealings with difficult patients and all kinds of bodily fluids Joan shares memories of laughter and tragedy and of the now defunct matron system that at one time instilled nurses with such high standards of professionalism and patient care.
Matron Knows Best is Joan Woodcock's moving account of an eventful career in NHS nursing that spanned over 40 eventful years. Packed with touching and at times side-splitting anecdotes, this hardback account of the now defunct matron system sees Joan detail her time working on hospital wards, casualty units, in prison and out in the community. From axe wounds to patients swallowing suppositories, this a unique and fascinating reflection on a bygone age of nursing.
- Joan Woodcock
- 3 February 2011
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