Anne Bossence, from Arcare Portarlington, has had a long and distinguished career in nursing and has written a book about her experiences working in a London hospital.
When asked why she wrote the book, Anne commented, ‘Everyone has experiences in their life where they say, ‘I could write a book on that’, well I actually did.’
The book is called ‘While you’re on your feet, nurse’ and is a comedic, light-hearted look at actual cases that Anne was involved in. It is raw, honest and a must-read for anyone working in the nursing profession.
Also an accomplished artist, Anne illustrated the book to match the quirky and witty narrative.
Anne was one of the theatre sisters on Australia’s first open heart surgery in 1956, working alongside the pioneering heart surgeon Ken Morris at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. She recalls how long the operation took (early morning till 8pm) and the 10-year-old girl whose life was saved as a result of their efforts.
She is currently working on a second book which is in the research stages, and is a look at what life is like on the other side of nursing: from a patient’s perspective.
A title hasn’t been decided on yet; however, ‘The other side of the sheets’ is a strong contender.
Anne also had a stint as a nanny in Italy while taking a break from nursing in the United Kingdom, and is a skilled midwife.
Her brother, William, was a country GP and is also a published author in the non-fiction history genre. He published numerous historical accounts of the Bossence historical lineage and genealogy.
He also published histories of the towns of Numurkah and Kyabram.
Every Tuesday, the wonderful volunteers and ladies from Arcare Portarlington work together to make a difference in communities across Australia and around the world.
A major project of the group’s has been making soft toys for local organisation Cottage by the Sea – a not-for-profit that provides opportunities for disadvantaged children in Victoria.
The group have also donated their crafts to the kidnapping victims of Nigeria, knitting flowers as a sign of solidarity.