Nether Edge Hospital 1974.
A Memory of Sheffield.
I was a Pupil nurse sent to Nether Edge Hospital for my 'Care of the Elderly placement' in 1974 on the elderly rehab, female ward. Forty- one years ago !
My maiden name was Paula Furniss training at Clarke House if any one remembers that long ago !
I was there for six weeks during the summer and really enjoyed nursing there.
The standards of care were really high and the nursing staff were so caring, that I was taught well.
I can remember so many of the ladies I helped to care for and my being 18 meant that many of the elderly patients treated me like one of their granddaughters.
I loved helping them wash and dress nice and put their lippy on for visiting time.
We would all play bingo in the recreation room and listen to their favourite music and their stories.
I learned about life and death at 18 and learned about how nurses can make a difference to their lives.
I went on to qualify and work in several lovely old Sheffield hospitals like Fulwood Annexe,
Thornbury Annexe,The Royal Hospital, West Street and the Royal Infirmary to name a few.
I finally became a Paediatric Registered Nurse working at Sheffield Children's Hospital, followed by the Northern General Paediatric Unit and my final employment at Rotherham Paediatric Unit.
Unfortunately due to wear and tear, I had to retire after thirty three years, from the most rewarding career in the world, so if there are any of my old mentors, the Matrons and Sisters who would have taught me or worked with me from 1972 -2005 then thank you for the training and experiences and who made me into what I've been told, was a good and caring nurse.