Today's nurses should be proud of their graduate status

Jennifer Hunt urges newly quaified nurses to be tall poppies, not shrinking violets

Though I began my training over 50 years ago I can still remember the moment when someone called out: ‘Staff, can you come and check the drugs.' I looked around and realised that they meant me - a moment not helped by the fact that my uniform was the exact shade of pink worn by the ward maids at Guy's.

I trained under the apprenticeship system. Even A-levels were considered too academic, hindering my or anyone’s ability to be ‘practical’ and ‘caring’ according to several of my tutors – an attitude still common today. Curiously it is a view that seems to apply to nurses alone among the clinical professions. Nobody ever says it about a doctor, for example. Good though my training was I envy today’s newly qualified nurses for having been educated within a university. University is where nurses should be educated – let’s never let anyone


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