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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755361504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755361502
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.4 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 373,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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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: 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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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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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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This is a MUST READ book for anyone who did their Nurse Training in the 60's. So many memories were brought to mind when reading this excellent book. Joan Woodcock has produced a brilliant read.
Well worth it.
It is actually a brilliant read even for anyone not involved in Nursing.
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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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I have enjoyed Joan's other book, this was truly lovely. I enjoy reading true stories, my nan was a nurse remember her stories from her era.
Joan started as a cadet, then trained to be a nurse, worked in gp surgeries, prison, sexual sanctary for people that had been involved in sexual attacks. Joan was a cancer nurse - going into peoples homes at nite time to give care to terminal ill people, whilst family gets some rest - I found this sad, but at the same time Joan deeply cared for her patients giving them dignity and great care, made me see a different kind of nursing.
The book was well written and from the heart.
Enjoy your retirement Joan, you deserve it!
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This book is funny, but you can indenify with the author. the reader shares her worries about nursing exams,etc and rejoices in her success. Youcan sense the kindness and the willingness to help the sick. A nurse i would want to meet if i was in hospital
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