How can it be 40 years since I started nursing?

Colin Parish is preparing for a big reunion, but some of his fellow students have gone missing...

You know that moment when you wake up and realise you started your general nurse training course 40 years ago?

No? Well you will.

My career as a nurse started in September 1977 at the futuristic Greenwich District Hospital in south London: look it up on YouTube – it had escalators.

It has recently been knocked down because it was out of date, unfit for purpose and a blot on the landscape – I know the feeling.

But how time passes.

In those 40 years nursing has grown as a profession in size, scope and influence.

Back then I was told that I should never run, even in a life or death situation, and that on ward rounds I should stand with my hands meekly


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