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Living and Nursing in America - The Way it Is and Was By Dawn Griffis
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Dawn was born England 1940, just after the start of WWII. Raised in a Northamptonshire village, she trained as a nurse, when training was done in hospitals. The work was hard, lasting 60 to 72 hours... More > a week, taking classes in her spare time. She married Mike, an American, in 1962. In 1965 they moved to the States with two daughters. She continued her nursing career. She was shocked by the patient care, & the attitudes of medical staff, towards patients and nurses. The discourtesy to nurses, who had obviously received limited training, was unprofessional. This charts her experiences of the medical & social aspects of living in the USA. She and her family moved many times, living in 9 different states, working in a variety of medical facilities. Her experiences should shock & horrify you. She reveals a mountain of medical incompetence & misdemeanors. Sadly, much generated by greed. Different states had varying levels of care. Upon reaching VA Hospital, Vermont, the level was more like she was used to in England.< Less
A Vermont Gardening Memoir By Dawn Griffis
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This is a memoir of how I learned to garden as a young child in England, and grew up believing I had a brown thumb and couldn't grow anything. To developing a greenhouse business with my husband Mike... More > in Vermont; introducing and promoting the English style gardens, baskets and containers for all to enjoy. Bringing many seeds plants and products new to America. There are over 100 color photographs for the readers to enjoy and develop ideas for their own gardens Our personal final experience was sad, but we still treasure the memories and time we had doing it.< Less
A photo book of Aynho(e) Village through the years from late 1800s to present By Dawn Griffis
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This is a photo walk through the village of Aynho, with pictures dating back to late 1800s to 2012.
Aynhoe Village Life. The Way it Was -Then, Before and Beyond By Dawn Griffis
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'Aynhoe Village Life, The Way it Was- Then - Before and Beyond' is a social commentry on village life in a small Northants village. This book covers the background history of the village, villagers,... More > with stories from family members, local characters, and herself. Then; is from 1940 to 1948, the war years, and afterwards as seen through the eyes of a child. Before; is from 1880 to 1940 with many humerous village stories. Beyond; is from 1949 to 1956 with a heartbreaking move to Oxford, and the many visits back to Aynhoe. While living in Oxford, the author and her siblings had the unique experience of being an unofficial part of a rehab hospital for the war headinjured. These men were their playmates and partners in all manners of fun. This is the first of at least three books. The others will cover nursing at the Horton Hospital in Banbury, when care to the local people really mattered. The last, about life and nursing in America from 1965, until 2005 when the author returned to her homeland.< Less
Aynhoe Village Life: The Way it Was, Then, Before And Beyond By Dawn Griffis
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Aynhoe Village Life, The Way it Was- Then-Before & Beyond is a social story of village life in a Northamtonshire village. The book covers the background history of the villagers, with stories... More > from family, locals, & herself. Then; is 1940-1948, the war years,& later as seen through the eyes of a child. Before; 1880-1940 has many humerous village stories. Beyond; covers 1949-1956 with a heartbreaking move to Oxford, & many visits back to Aynhoe. While living in Oxford, the author & her siblings had the unique experience of being part of a rehab hosp. for the war headinjured. These men were their playmates & partners in all manners of fun. This is the first of three books. The others cover nursing at the Horton Hospital in Banbury, when care to the local people really mattered. The last, about life and nursing in America from 1965, until 2005 when the author returned to her homeland & later in December 2008 returned to the US. At the time when the country was finally trying to get Universal Health care.< Less
A photo book of Aynho(e) Villagers from 1899 to present By Dawn Griffis
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This is second of a three piece set of photo books, relating to the village of Aynho, in southern Northamptonshire. Aynho village, has been in existence since before Doomsday. These are photos of the... More > villagers, who lived and worked there from 1899 to present.< Less
Nursing at the Horton: The Way it Was-When Care to the Local People Really Mattered By Dawn Griffis
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Nursing at the Horton' - 1956 to 1962; when hospitals were run by nurses. Matron was all powerful, demanding considerable respect from all. We were taught patients came first, second and last,... More > everything else had to fit in between. The relationship between them, and the local people was; 'They are our patients, and we were their nurses'. During this time student nurses were responsible for cleanliness in the hospital. We knew that if a patient developed a hospital born infection - heads would roll! Our heads remained safe. Antibiotics had just become available, in limited supply. The nurses worked long hard hours - 60 to 72 hours a week; but played hard too. Some parts are very sad, others happy or funny. If you have ever been a patient or nurse in a hospital, especially the Horton, you will recognise the love that was generated. The book is a sequel to 'Aynhoe Village Life. The Way it Was', but can be read as a stand alone.< Less
A photo book of Aynho(e) School children through the years from 1890 to 12th July 1985 By Dawn Griffis
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The information and pictures are of Aynho(e) School, and the children that attended, from 1890 to 1985.
Headington Hill Hall- The forgotten years- 1939 -1958 By Dawn Griffis
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My reason, for writing this book, is that I believe a tribute is in order, to recognise all who were part of Headington Hill Hall during the years 1939 to 1958, either directly or indirectly. The... More > contributions these people made have had a profound affect on future generations. Vis-à-vis: My father would be recognised for his significant role in inventing the Oxford Lift. The staff, surgeons, nurses and therapists at St Hugh’s and other affiliated hospitals, be recognised for their dedication and skill was immeasurable. What they started, in the way of treatment, was essential for the eventual well-being of ‘The Boys’. It was ground-breaking in many ways. What was learned from the whole experience has set the standard for rehab in the following decades. This is Dawn’s fourth non-fiction book. The first two were set in England, and the third was primarily set in the United States.< Less
Nursing at the Horton. The Way it Was - When Care to the Local People Really Mattered By Dawn Griffis
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‘Nursing at the Horton’ - 1956 to 1962; when hospitals were run by nurses. Matron was all powerful, demanding considerable respect from all. We were taught patients came first, second and... More > last, everything else had to fit in between. The relationship between them, and the local people was; ‘They are our patients, and we were their nurses’. During this time student nurses were responsible for cleanliness in the hospital. We knew that if a patient developed a hospital born infection – heads would roll! Our heads remained safe. Antibiotics had just become available, in limited supply. The nurses worked long hard hours - 60 to 72 hours a week; but played hard too. Some parts are very sad, others happy or funny. If you have ever been a patient or nurse in a hospital, especially the Horton, you will recognise the love that was generated. The book is a sequel to ‘Aynhoe Village Life. The Way it Was’, but can be read as a stand alone. Look for ‘Nursing and Living in America. The Way it Was’.< Less