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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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They ain't bland, they ain't dowdy, they ain't matronly.
Prince Charles was married to the iconic beauty of the era, yet he still preferred to jump into the ermine sack with a matronly, middle-aged female who looks as though she needs to have her Barbour jacket surgically removed.
Maybe a sort of matronly wisdom now quiets some space between.
Aid workers and missionaries worldwide have exchanged the starched matronly look of colonial times for an all too caricaturable outfit of ill-fitting garments, celebrated above all for their practicality.
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THE matronly looking woman guarding Camilla is as hard as they come - thanks to the SAS.
For example, Melbourne, with its `world atlas' of good restaurants, is seen as conventional and matronly, where the term `Victorian' is more geographical than historical.
More than five years later, the comedian is still glad to be rid of her matronly image.
In its place we have a fantastical world inhabited by food obsessed creations, whether the Mother who can't stop eating until she throws up when told about the Witch's cannibalism, the children's dream of chubby faced chefs and a fish-headed waiter serving a banquet and then the old crone herself now more a grossly fat matronly woman with a kitchen full of modern electrical gadgets.
Lucille fancies herself as a flamboyant swinger, Doris is a traditional matronly widow and Ida is somewhere in between.
Courage Couture wanted to design clothes that look pretty and provided the necessary coverage and support without looking matronly.
Lindsay appeared at Wednesday night's gala in aid of Aids research charity amFAR in a matronly ensemble, prompting comments that the star looked older than her 25 years.