Perceptions of Nursing and Midwifery

20 Facts by Zara Head

ooh this is a challenge, where do I start?

1- I started my nurse training back in 1989 at Scunthorpe General Hospital, I’ll be honest, I chose Scunthorpe as it was far enough away from home to live in nurses accommodation but near enough to get home when I ran out of money (which wasn’t a rare occasion) but it was a perfect choice, I made lifelong friends and learned so much. I loved it.

2- I always wanted to be a nurse and I can’t remember ever wanting to be anything else.

3- I’m not naturally acedemic, this journey hasn’t been easy, but it’s all been worth it. I’ve never stopped learning and I enjoy new challenges.

4- I’m 6 feet tall (and clumsy, very Miranda) In 1989 nurse uniforms were mainly dresses for women, (only the men got to wear trousers) and the dresses came in a standard length. My dress was very short so I was sent to the sewing room where a strip of material was sewn onto the bottom of my dress! Thankfully my tutor stepped in and new dresses were ordered just for me.

5- My heart is in Primary Care, I started as a practice nurse in 2004, in my humble opinion, as nursing goes, it’s as good as it gets. My passion is encouraging nurses in to Primary Care.

6- I love cars, especially the sound of a nice burbling V6 or V8 engine.

7- At school, in the 80s a teacher told me I wasn’t clever enough to be a nurse, so I worked harder!

8- my favourite colour is pink, my desk at work is very pink. My theory is that nobody can come to my desk and not smile.

9- I have had some amazing mentors and guiding lights in my career, people who have inspired me, supported and challenged me, I am grateful for all of them.

10- I really struggle to parallel park.

11- I was a member of the guidance development group for the NICE guidance for Infection Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections in Primary Care, I never imagined that in my wildest dreams when I was a student nurse. The guidance took two years to write and I travelled to London from Yorkshire once a month.

12- I have no sense of direction, I can even get lost with the sat nav on, much to my friend’s amusement!

13- I always try to stay positive, being negative doesn’t change the situation, it just makes me feel sad.

14- My children would say that the downside to having a nurse as a mum is me worrying about things more because I’ve seen accidents happen from the silliest of things.

15- I love rock music… loud.

16- My favourite season is Autumn.

17- I have an attention seeking Bengal cat.

18- I really don’t like touching polystyrene!

19- I love making people smile.

20- I love being a nurse.

What inspired you to write this blog?

The Transforming Perceptions of Nursing and Midwifery 30 Day Challenge

What is your role?

Proud Queen's Nurse, Mum and CCG Lead Nurse for Primary Care Quality

What are your nursing and/or midwifery qualifications?


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