|‘Matey’ was a fully-trained nurse, and her young colleague at St Agnes’, Matron Gould, had had three years’ training in a big London hospital. Little Mrs Venables had had five children of her own, and, before the unfortunate marriage which had taken her out to Queensland, had been a nurse in a big sanatorium in England, though she was not as fully trained as Matron Lloyd, who was head of that side. Besides these three, there was Nurse, who had charge of the School sanatorium which formed part of St Clare’s.|
|School matrons are usually based in boarding schools. The job does not usually involve any medical work or teaching; they are responsible for the health and well-being of the pupils and the smooth running of the domestic side of school life.
The work varies according to the age of the pupils, but it involves working closely with the house mistress/master who has overall responsibility for the care of boarding pupils out of school hours.
The work would normally include all or most of the following:
Responsibility for pupils’ health:
- being aware of their individual health problems
- looking after pupils with minor illnesses and giving out non-prescription medicines
- taking pupils to medical and dental appointments and calling for emergency treatment if necessary
- keeping pupils’ records up to date.
- helping pupils settle in to school life by providing a sympathetic ear and support
- working with members of staff to help pupils enjoy school life and to achieve their potential
- taking responsibility with other house staff for supervising pupils, making sure they are clean and well behaved when they are not in school
- keeping pupils' families informed about pupils’ health and well-being.
- ensuring pupils have clean clothes, which are repaired and replaced when necessary
- supervising cleaning and domestic staff
- ordering cleaning, domestic and medical supplies
- carrying out an inventory of fixtures and fittings and reporting the need for repairs and replacements.
|School matron, as defined above, requires no medical training at all, although a first aid qualification "would be beneficial". A school nurse, on the same website, must have formal nursing qualifications.|
Rather OT, I've just applied for a position at a secondary college that is First Aid/Administration, where the only requirement is that the recumbent is asked to have done a Level 2 First Aid certificate, or at least be willing to do so. In this litigious age, I'm astonished that they don't have someone with proper nursing qualifications!
I feel that what EBD was doing was to try to build up a few characters as the basis of her stories, and ignoring RL.
|And KB - if Australia is like England then a first aider - so long as they have done as they have been taught - cannot be sued. Whereas any professional, including a nurse, can - that may be why the job specifies a First Aider.|
|Alison H wrote:|
That definitely seems likely. A lot of the teaching staff seem to be overlooked in the same way - although at least they have names! People like Mr and Miss Denny, Mlle de Lachennais, Mlle Berne and Frau Mieders are there for almost the entire series without ever getting a decent storyline, for lack of a better way of putting it.
|And, as Matey so rarely seems to leave the school, how does she keep herself up to date?|
|On the original question, I think Nurse only appears when there are scenes actually in the school San|
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