Perceptions of Nursing and Midwifery

Sarah Latham

I began my nurse training straight from school at the age of 18 at Charles Frears College of Nursing and Midwifery in Leicester; my clinical duties were predominantly at the Leicester Royal Infirmary.  My cohort, 9209 was the third cohort in Leicester of the newly established Project 2000 course. For the majority of my 3 year training I, and my peers had to battle with challenge from the traditionally trained nurses that we were not going to make the grade.  However, my response every time was I want to be a nurse, and this is the only way I can become one!! 

The three years flew by and I successfully qualified in 1995.  In September 1995, I started my first Staff Nurse post on a general medical ward, I still remember to this day my first shift, the pride, the excitement but also the apprehension of putting my white staff nurse uniform with the blue epaulets on, and of course the obligatory belt with a silver buckle.

Over the past 23 years I have held posts predominantly working in older peoples care both in acute hospital wards and Community Hospitals.  I have always believed that caring for the older person can be challenging, but also an education, the stories that are shared, the laughter, the tears with patients at their most vulnerable is such a privilege.   The NHS we work in today, in 2018 has dramatically changed but how to be a good nurse has not.  A smile, a calm kind voice, showing empathy and a sense of humour where appropriate remains the core skills of a nurse.  

I am very proud that I have recently been appointed as the Lead Nurse for Community Hospitals & ICS for LPT NHS Trust, where I will continue to work in a specialty I am passionate about and also work with nursing teams who are driven to deliver the best nursing care possible.

What inspired you to write this blog?

An opportunity to celebrate nursing.

What is your role?

Lead Nurse for Community Hospitals and Intensive Community Support, Community Health Service at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust. 

What are your nursing and/or midwifery qualifications?

Level 1 Registered Nurse, Dip HE, BSC Hons

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