Medical

Caring for People. The Auxiliary Nurse. (2012)

This is an inspirational story about a gentleman who later in his working life found his vocation as a member of the caring community at a unit for younger chronic sick people. "I've worked in Colmans, I've worked on a milk round, I've worked in a shoe factory, I've worked in a market garden. I've […]

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Forty-three years of caring (1972 – 2013)

Hazel  trained as a nurse at 18 and had a career as staff nurse, sister, and later deputy theatre manager in Norfolk, Hull and Cambridge. She says that nursing was never boring and it taught her about life in a way that no other job could do. I started nursing in 1972, just before I […]

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From cradle to grave (1972 – 2018)

Nikki Sawkins speaks to WISEArchive about her journey of nursing from cradle to grave. Nikki recalls her career starting as a health nursing auxiliary, training at University College Hospital, the training processes and people she met along the way. Nikki transitioned to being a midwife, a district nursing sister, training other district nurses and much […]

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From domestic science to homeopathy – an alternative working life

Margaret went to domestic science college after leaving school in 1957, but found her real vocation much later in life in homeopathy which she practiced until retiring in 2015. In between these points her roles have included admin, cleaning, running the pastry side of a restaurant, shop work and ten years as a dental nurse. […]

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From Nursing to Pharmaceuticals

Mary speaks to WISEArchive about working as a child during WWII picking potatoes and then entering a special programme for training young nurses. She recounts the time when tuberculosis was common and her continuing training at Charing Cross, London. Marriage and children followed and a career change to a more secretarial role after spending time […]

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From Plants to Patients (2009)

I was born in Swanton Morley in 1936, and I went to school in Swanton Morley and East Dereham High School for Girls, which is now Netherd High. My first job was in Horticulture, and I worked at that for about 5 years until circumstances led me back to Swanton Morley and back home, and […]

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Movies to Medicine (1957 – 2018)

Ruth was employed in the British film industry from the 1960s, working on publicity and in admin. She met many stars and famous directors. After a break to bring up her family she became a medical secretary, then a lady of leisure living in Nigeria with her husband. They returned to England in the late […]

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My life as a nurse 1965-2009

Sue trained as a nurse in the 1960s and retired in 2009. During this time she worked in many different areas of nursing. She describes her training and various roles, including working on medical wards, being a nursery matron, working in general practice and the early days of NHS Direct and comments on how things […]

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