Frances Garrood

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Gender Female
Location Devizes, Wiltshire, United Kingdom
Introduction I trained as a nurse in the sixties, when the majority of nurse training took place on the wards, and have become increasingly distressed at what I see as a decline in nursing standards. I attribute much of this to the introduction of all-graduate nurse training, which leaves no room for the man or woman who may feel s/he has a vocation to nurse the sick, but does not have the necessary academic qualifications. Training graduate nurses is expensive, and I feel that some of the students' time could be better spent actually doing the job for which they are training. Some men and women are leaving university as trained nurses without ever having coped with a medical emergency or even seen a dead body. How are they going to manage when they find themselves in charge?
Favorite Music Anything by Bach, most of Mozart, Schubert, Purcell, Mendelssohn, Beethoven...I'm pretty square, really.
Favorite Books Brothers (Bernice Rubens), most of (Anthony) Trollope and Elizabeth Gaskell, Pride and Prejudice (of course), A Fine Balance (Rohanton Mistry), Winnie the Pooh (provided Walt Disney hasn't been near it), The Wind in the Willows, nearly all of Anne Tyler's novels, and too many more to mention.

How do skylarks manage to fly and sing at the same time, apparently without breathing?