Sixty Years a Nurse

When 18-year-old Mary Hazard started her nurse training in post-war Putney in south London, little did she know it was the beginning of a colourful career that would span 60 years.

As one of the longest serving NHS nurses, this book follows the highs and lows of Mary’s nursing career. Working in a London hospital against a backdrop of rationing and poverty was a life-changing experience for Mary, who was raised in a convent in rural south Ireland.

From the horrors of disease to her shock at seeing a man naked for the first time, Mary’s experiences are recounted with warm humour and compassion.

The book is also a moving account of her life. There are stories of friendship, dancing with Teddy Boys, and dodging the watchful eye of the matron. In addition, a heartwarming account of Mary’s own love story adds further charm to this book.

Sensitively written and often emotive, Sixty Years a Nurse deserves to be tucked into your suitcase ready for your next holiday.