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Nursing Through the Years (Paperback)

Care and Compassion at the Royal London Hospital

P&S History Social History Women of History

By Loretta Bellman, Sue Boase, Sarah Rogers, Barbara Stuchfield
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 248
ISBN: 9781526748461
Published: 17th October 2018
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Nursing has always been a challenging but rewarding profession. As part of the core healthcare team, nurses take responsibility for the care they provide to patients, displaying both compassion and discipline in their daily work.

Demanding professions require rigorous training, and nursing is no exception. As the real story to ‘Call the Midwife’, Nursing Through the Years is a unique book that spans eight decades to reveal the fascinating lives of nurses who trained and worked at The Royal London Hospital, serving the community of the East End of London.

Having interviewed over 85 nurses, whose experiences span from the 1940s to the 2000s, this important account captures the memories of their time at The Royal London. Exploring each decade, the extent to which nursing has developed and changed, and the highs and lows of training to be a nurse in a renowned teaching hospital are recalled in detail.

It is a treasure chest of recollections which are informative, entertaining, inspiring, enlightening and also controversial, often challenging the myths and misconceptions that continue to surround nursing today.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ A unique account

A moving and informative account of nursing at the London Hospital, from the 1940s to the present day. The narratives of nurses who trained and worked there will resonate with nurses everywhere, and capture the joys, stresses and varied experiences that nursing brings. To have such a precious treasure-trove of memories is a rare and thought-provoking gift.

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Beautifully curated book

Beautifully created and curated book written by Royal London Hospital Nurses from interviews with nurses who trained at the hospital over the last 80 years.

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Get it while you can!

Fantastic book - a must for any ex Londoner!

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About Loretta Bellman

The co-authors of Nursing Through the Years all trained at ‘The London’ and are members of the League of Nurses. Their career development encompasses clinical, community and academic work within the UK and beyond, including Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan and the USA. They feel privileged to have undertaken the project and to have produced the book, the prized outcome of their collaboration.


About Sue Boase

The co-authors of Nursing Through the Years all trained at ‘The London’ and are members of the League of Nurses. Their career development encompasses clinical, community and academic work within the UK and beyond, including Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan and the USA. They feel privileged to have undertaken the project and to have produced the book, the prized outcome of their collaboration.


About Sarah Rogers

The co-authors of Nursing Through the Years all trained at ‘The London’ and are members of the League of Nurses. Their career development encompasses clinical, community and academic work within the UK and beyond, including Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan and the USA. They feel privileged to have undertaken the project and to have produced the book, the prized outcome of their collaboration.


About Barbara Stuchfield

The co-authors of Nursing Through the Years all trained at ‘The London’ and are members of the League of Nurses. Their career development encompasses clinical, community and academic work within the UK and beyond, including Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan and the USA. They feel privileged to have undertaken the project and to have produced the book, the prized outcome of their collaboration.

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