From a young age Dorothy Mitchell wanted to be a nurse and did everything she could to ensure that this was the career she followed.
This memoir follows Dorothy's career in the 1950s and 1960s starting in Edinburgh and ending up in northern Rhodesia. This engaging autobiography is full of anecdotes and insights into the life of a trainee nurse and then an expat sister more than sixty years ago.
Starting her career in a children's shelter in Edinburgh where she gained valuable work experience, she qualified as a Registered Sick Children's Nurse at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children before qualifying as a Registered General Nurse at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh.
She travelled to Northern Rhodesia in 1959 to get married and took up a post as ward sister.
She left Rhodesia in 1962 with a new husband. In 2005 she was awarded the MBE for Services to the Community of East Lancashire.
ISBN : 978-1-78830-814-4
Pages : 323
Size : 205x140
Imprint : Olympia Publishers
Dorothy Mitchell was a nurse by profession, and forced by adversity into business. Retiring, she'd eighty-four hours to fill each week. Without sporting or athletic ambition, not keen on coffee mornings and retired lunches, she's worked full-time voluntarily in the community.
Now physically decrepit, she doesn't see well, can't drive, and is unable to be an active social entrepreneur. Large print on Kindle and Sudoku being insufficient, she decided while she can still drive a desk, she would write about ‘Old Nursing Times.'
Now complete and isolated from her children, grandchildren and friends due to Coronavirus, she is writing about living in a village ‘Not on a bus route'.