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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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Bumble made no reply; but in a slow and dignified manner, put his arm round the matron's waist.
She knew there were decent matrons, for Miss Koch was a gentle young woman who mothered the boys and made their lives as homely as she could.
RAISED ALARMAlthough other students raised the alarm, the school principal and the matrons did not respond to the until morning, when the victim was found on the cubicle floor, the Nation has learnt.The students said that their colleague, a 15-year old Form 2, was raped at the Elgon Hostel at around 2am while two other students were assaulted by unknown persons.
A LOSS of 1,205 NHS matrons in five years could have a serious impact on patient safety, say top doctors.
In those days matrons were the single most powerful members of staff and would rule their domain with a rod of iron.
BUSY A&E departments and GP practices are getting a helping hand from a new rapid response service, led by 18 community matrons.
ANOTHER hospital staffing crisis is looming after it was revealed that more than 1,000 matrons have left the NHS since David Cameron came to power.
Nursing and support services were provided by matrons, nurses, volunteers, slaves, coerced free blacks, and prisoners of war.
They took the opportunity to meet the Interim Chief Nurse Linda Pascall, ward matrons Sharon Reynolds, Julie Romano and Justine Irish and Practice Placement Sister Charlotte Street with two third year students.
"Our children's community matrons have a strong track record in providing high standards of care, and these latest findings are a huge credit to the ongoing commitment and hard work of the team."
Matrons and maids; regulating Indian domestic service in Tucson, 1914-1934.