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Aynhoe Village Life. The Way it Was -Then, Before and Beyond
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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
Nursing at the Horton. The Way it Was - When Care to the Local People Really Mattered
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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
Living and Nursing in America - The Way it Is and Was
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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
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