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matron

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A very senior nurse in the UK who provides onsite leadership to a service or hospital, serves as nursing supervisor in the UK, and is concerned with improving the patient experience. The traditional matron was the senior-most nurse in a particular hospital and was responsible for the entire nursing and domestic staff. She (never he) oversaw all patient care and efficient running of the hospital. They were abolished in late 1960s with the reshuffling of the NHS triggered by the Salmon report.
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In an insightful analysis, Jennifer Hellwarth argues that the prayers concerning childbirth in Thomas Bentley's The Monument of Matrones (1582) render "the relationship between the pregnant woman and God" a decidedly "privileged" one.
Thomas Bentley similarly praises Elizabeth in the opening Epistle for Monument of Matrones (1582), describing her as the "naturall mother and noble nurse" who watches over the Church of England, and James Aske continues this presentation of the queen as mother to England in his 1588 poem Elizabetha Triumphans, as he describes the queen's laws as both breast milk and a crib (12).
Qui debauche les matrones, voit payer son adultere.