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Patricia Jordan
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26 April 2012

Born in Belfast, Patricia Jordan left for England to train as a nurse in the 1940s and DISTRICT NURSE is her moving and humorous account of life as a visiting nurse in a small English town. She leaves behind a close-knit family and a failed romance in Ireland to begin training in Barnet and Middlesex. She early on treats a patient who eventually becomes her husband and means that she accepts a job in the north of England that takes her first by bicycle and then in an unreliable little car, into the homes of the people who need her care.

In DISTRICT NURSE, she brings to life everyone she encounters, from the doctors and other nurses to the diverse and always compelling patients. It is a captivating personal account of a life spent helping others.


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (26 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409138704
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409138709
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the bestselling tradition of Call the Midwife, an honest and moving account of working as a district nurse in 1950s England.

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Born in Belfast in July 1922, Patricia left her home town in 1944 to embark on a nursing career, beginning at Clare Hall Sanatorium, Barnet before going to train at the North Middlesex Hospital where she gained her S.R.N. Certificate in 1948. After a short period there as a Staff Nurse, she returned to Belfast to work for a year at Musgrove Park Hospital. She left for England once more to study at Sharoe Green Hospital, Preston, where she received her State Certified Midwifery Certificate in 1951, and in 1961 she was awarded the National Certificate of District Nursing.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Range of Skills 16 May 2012
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The District Nurses of today as a shadow of the DNs from yesteryear. This book shows the sheer variety of differing cases a DN would have to work with, but always with a wry subjectivity. Nowadays the District Nurses will be more swamped with their computers, trying to balance statistical analysis with leg ulcers! Good read. Stuart Townsend: Author of Asylum Bound Asylum Bound
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Entertaining Read 16 May 2012
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If you enjoyed the television programme Call the Midwife then this is the book for you. An easy to read, lighthearted insiders account of the life of a district nurse and midwife in the 1950's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars District Nurse 12 July 2012
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This book is a fantastic read. I couldn't put it down. If you are interested in social history, you will love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book 6 Dec 2012
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Great stories and told in an light hearted way. Joy to read and highly recommended .Bit different to the ways of today!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I very much enjoyed it 29 Nov 2012
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I was always interested in nursing as it was my 2nd choice of career and I thought this book was well written
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5.0 out of 5 stars nursing from the yesteryear 4 Aug 2012
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I enjoyed reading about Patricia nursing in 1950's - 1960's

Loved her stories, Patricia's friendship with Margaret was lovely.

Patricia is the type of nurse we could all have looking after us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars my treat 19 Nov 2013
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im really enjoying this book it makes me appreciate what hard lives people have to suffer . we take so much for granted these days .
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read 21 May 2013
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So well written, it makes you laugh and cry and think about life, and the life of Pat Jordan. What a great woman she was, I wish nurses were still like that today. It is a first class book and would recommend it to all.
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