At the Coalface: The memoir of a pit nurse: The Memoir Of A Pit Nurse

Paperback | August 18, 2015

byJoan Hart

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A heart-warming story of a woman who devoted her life to helping others. This is the memoir of Joan, who started nursing in the 1940s and whose experiences took her into the Yorkshire mining pits and through the tumult of the 1984-85 miners' strike.Joan Hart always knew what she wanted to do with her life. Born in South Yorkshire in 1932, she started her nursing training when she was 16, the youngest age girls could do so at the time. She continued working after she married and her work took her to London and Doncaster, caring for children and miners.When she took a job as a pit nurse in Doncaster in 1974, she found that in order to be accepted by the men under her care, she would have to become one of them. Most of the time rejecting a traditional nurse's uniform and donning a baggy miner's suit, pit boots, a hardhat and a headlamp, Joan resolved always to go down to injured miners and bring them out of the pit herself.Over 15 years Joan grew to know the miners not only as a nurse, but as a confidante and friend. She tended to injured miners underground, rescued men trapped in the pits, and provided support for them and their families during the bitter miners' strike which stretched from March 1984 to 1985.Moving and uplifting, this is a story of one woman's life, marriage and work; it is guaranteed to make readers laugh, cry, and smile.

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A heart-warming story of a woman who devoted her life to helping others. This is the memoir of Joan, who started nursing in the 1940s and whose experiences took her into the Yorkshire mining pits and through the tumult of the 1984-85 miners' strike.Joan Hart always knew what she wanted to do with her life. Born in South Yorkshire in 19...

Joan Hart was a nurse for 46 years. During her career Joan witnessed many things, but she says it was her days working as a pit nurse, tending to men both under and over ground, which helped form who she is today. Joan is also the co-author of a book called 'Guide to Radiotherapy Nursing'.Now aged 82 years old, she refuses to grow old ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pagesPublished:August 18, 2015Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0007596162

ISBN - 13:9780007596164

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from At the Coal face memories of a Pit Nurse Fabulous story creative writing loved reading about Sister Harts work, the laughter the sorrow and the true compassion she showed for her work and the miners especially during the strike . Loved it.
Date published: 2015-08-25