"The Exceptional Nurse: She watches by her patient all thro' the dreary night, and who would blame a little doze just when it's getting light"
From Barbara Windsor’s Nurse Sandra May in ‘Carry on Doctor’ to the saintly Cynthia in ‘Call the Midwife’. These images persist in the public imagination although they have little to do with the lives and work of nurses today.
"Now there was one girl in the school who’d been a little bit of a hero to me, you know, um - she was about five years my senior I suppose… and she went nursing. She lived near me and she’d gone at sixteen to a children’s home in Southport and it all seemed very lovely, and… she was earning pocket money, so I thought well - I could be happy doing that. My mother had been a children’s nurse and she was very happy to think of me doing this."
Hetty Hopkins on why she went into nursing
'The Exceptional Nurse' postcard
"If her patient's jelly looks too much, I'm sure it's not a sin, To reduce it just a little before she brings it in"