Are you the Social? ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Lorraine Chetwynd

Are you the Social?

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Publication date: June 2011
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Description This was often the first question asked by patients and their families when we visited, because Community Psychiatric Nurses did not wear the traditional navy blue uniform associated with the nursing profession. The answer we gave, "I'm from the hospital, or the health centre," could make the difference between receiving a warm welcome or the door being slammed in our faces. In certain quarters, being involved with 'The Social' carried an unwarranted stigma that a nurse visiting did not. This is a novel written in the first person by the fictitious 'Sister Maud' following the daily activities of a Community Psychiatric Nurse during the nineteen eighties when many of the huge asylums were being closed down. The towns and villages of the county of Wyndhamshire, doctors and nurses and the colourful characters Sister Maud encounters are all imaginary, but she weaves a tapestry of anecdotes and legends gleaned from the 'myths of the asylum' that every nurse will recognise because we all have a wealth of similar stories to tell. Sister Maud does not delve into the realms of diagnoses, drug regimes and psychoanalysis; instead she demonstrates to the reader how health professionals use humour rather than heavy handed authority to deal with a multiplicity of situations faced every day by nurse and patient. It is understood that the serious nature of mental illness can never be underestimated, but it is not all doom and gloom. People with mental health issues can and do lead useful and fulfilled lives. About the Author Lorraine has been married to David for 45 years. They have two married sons and seven wonderful grandchildren. Brought up in the era of post-war rationing and make do and mend, self confidence and ambition were not qualities to be admired. Respectability was of paramount importance within the family. The deaths of the three most important men in their world, a beloved grandfather, father, and an uncle within the space of a few months, cast a dark shadow on the young lives of Lorraine, her sister and brother. Religion and duty were the bywords and they were not allowed to mourn. It was with hindsight that she realised that her teenage years were spent in a haze of undiagnosed depression. Lorraine went on to become a Registered Mental Nurse and gained the Community Psychiatric Nursing Certificate. She worked as a Community Sister with patients in their own homes until a change in her job description meant that she was dealing with an increased number of cases of depression and bereavement without peer group support. All the repressed grief came to the surface and Lorraine suffered from 'burn out' which resulted in an episode of clinical depression that lasted for several years, which she manages to control thanks to an understanding G.P. Having always written stories since childhood, Lorraine invented 'Sister Maud' in order to show to the world that mental illness is not the end, it can be the beginning.
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Are you the Social? ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Lorraine Chetwynd
Chipmunkapublishing Ltd, June 2011
ISBN: 9781849914734
EAN:  9781849914734
ePub (Adobe DRM)
List Price: $8.99 eBook price: $7.99
Are you the Social? PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Lorraine Chetwynd
Chipmunkapublishing Ltd, June 2011
ISBN: 9781849914734
EAN:  2370003447088
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List Price: $8.99 eBook price: $7.99
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