Audio Clips: Hierarchy

‘Doctors were doctors, nurses were nurses’

Status was raised in a number of interviews, the hierarchy that existed in the health service was mentioned by a number of participants. This related to students/ staff nurses/ sisters/ matrons within the nursing community and between doctors and nurses. It is worthy of note that other health professional groups were largely absent in the discussions.

A nurse who trained in London in 1941 describes her memories of hierarchy and fear, and how she coped with this:

She goes on to talk about the importance of the stage of training and how you became more accepted as you progressed:

and continues with a story about being called to see Matron:

A nurse who trained later in 1960 also identifies hierarchy but highlighted the human side and did value the support:

Hierarchy wasn’t only on the wards but also existed in the dining arrangements:

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