Although hard work, most of my life spent in Nursing and Midwifery was enjoyable. This was partly because of the friendships made with my patients and colleagues and because I enjoyed the work very much.
There were many difficult moments but also joyous times such as when I delivered a healthy baby to a mother whose first baby had been stillborn.
Often, nurses are told not to get too involved but it is difficult to help patients unless they feel their nurse is really interested in their welfare.
I have always felt that my patients have been my friends and I think that this feeling is conveyed between patient and nurse so that full cooperation is achieved.
The first cry as soon as the infant is born is a marvellous moment and there is nothing more rewarding after helping a mother through a difficult birth to see her joy as she holds her baby.
Nursing training has changed a great deal since the fifties which was when I trained and I do feel that nurses now lose a lot of the comradeship that we once had. But if they enjoy their work and can convey this to their patients, they cannot go wrong.