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Matron Knows Best by [Woodcock, Joan]
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4.2 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews

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'Joan has seen it all, and she tells it with compassionate insight and a sense of humour.' (Choice)

'An unforgettable and extremely satisfying read.' (Good Book Guide)

'One can't help but think that the NHS would run a whole lot better if Joan Woodcock was in charge.' (Scottish Daily Record)

Book Description

All the nostalgic charm of Nurse on Call and Call the Midwife, Matron Knows Best brings to life a now defunct matron system.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 787 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Review (3 Feb. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004O0U584
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #149,367 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
I heard Joan Woodcock (the author) talking to Libby Purvis, on Radio 4. I was so taken with the snippets of the book she described, I just had to have a copy. I am facinated by her story, from her desire at a very young age to become a nurse, and how she began - as a nursing cadet (why can't we have that system back?) and the ups and downs of her progress. I could even feel the anxious moment when the finals results popped through the letterbox! and will be sorry to finish the book. Having worked as a health care assistant for some years in the NHS, I could appreciate the humour and situations she so well presents. Nursing how it used to be, good and sometimes not so good. It is so easy to read and descriptive of everyday events. Those who worked under the old Matron system will easily identify with the apprehension at mistakes and misdemeanours! I thoroughly recommend this book, especially for anyone who has worked in hospitals.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this book after reading a letter the author had published in The Times a couple of months ago, where there was a reference to this book. I'm not quite as old as the author, but left nursing 15 yrs ago and now do something completely different. This is a very accurate .portrayal of how it used to be in the good but hard old days, and a real nostalgia trip. However I did give up after 50 or so pages, it is an easy comfortable armchair read, if you enjoy Heartbeat and The Royal (I think it was called that) you will love it, I found i'd just had enough and wanted something a bit different.
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Format: Hardcover
As we are from Blackburn my Mother wanted to read this book as she had seen an article in our local newspaper. I worked at Blackburn Royal Infirmary and can visualise everything she talks about. Its a funny and excellent book to read and would recommend it to anyone.
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I'm soon going to be starting my own nursing career so books like this are fascinating to me at the moment. I turned to the first page and was amazed to discover that Joan Woodcock is from Blackburn! (my own town). I loved every second of reading this book, maybe partly because I knew very well the places she worked and lived. She had a very interesting career, it just shows how varied nursing is, and you can really tell that she cares about every patient she's ever treated and the respect she has for people she's worked with over the years. I hope to one day become a nurse just like Joan Woodcock. 10 out of 10.
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Format: Hardcover
Had looked forward to reading this book,as a qualified nurse, born and bred in the Blackburn area.
I was not dissapointed.My mum will now have the pleasure of reading it,as `nursing` is in the family.Janet.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A great read for ageing middle aged nurses everywhere ! Finished it in almost one sitting - not exactly a challenging read but a lovely bit of nostalgia
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Format: Paperback
I picked this book up in my local supermarket and I am so glad I did. A real eye opener to 60s (and later) nursing practices, some of which I think we should reinstate. If only all nurses could be as caring and professional! A funny and heat-warming book, I enjoyed every minute. Even if you have no interest in nursing, this book will keep you hooked.
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Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book. Joan Woodcock was a wonderful caring nurse who put her patients first. The book is full of inspiration and is a credit to Joan. Often sad, often funny. It tells the story of Joan a cadet nurse who started her career at the Blackburn Royal Infirmary. This book is well worth reading and I fully recommend it!!!
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