Lorraine Hegarty was happy to meet with Thelma
Bench and Jeanette Hawthorn to talk about her current post as Out
of Hours District Nurse. Lorraine told us that she applied for a
3 year nursing course at Glasgow Caledonia University. After completing
the first year Lorraine took a year out to have her first child
and then successfully completed a further 2 years. It was then Lorraine
attended a Recruitment Fare at Langs Hotel in Glasgow whilst expecting
her second child. After a lengthy chat with the Nursing Manager
it was agreed Lorraine would apply for a post and at interview it
was agreed if successful Lorraine could start work after her maternity
leave was finished.
Lorraine particularly enjoys working as a District
Nurse as this gives her a variety of tasks which involves meeting
patients and caring for them by giving support and advice. Lorraine
currently lives in Inverclyde and she previously worked as an Ultra
Pure Water Technician when she wore a lovely boiler suit! Lorraine
is much happier wearing her nurses uniform. To enter for the nursing
course Lorraine was expected to have qualifications in English,
Biology and Chemistry.
Lorraine is todays modern woman who balances
her working and family commitments and with the new family friendly
policy in place this allows her to be flexible if required.
Nursing today involves working with multi-disciplinary
teams and communication with doctors is much more encouraged. There
are more duties for nursing staff that are much more technical.
The uniform today is more comfortable and practical
to allow moving and handling. Training is very different which consists
of 6 week blocks in a Hospital/Health Centre where you have a named
mentor on every placement. Lorraine was delighted with her choice
to move to a career in nursing and would advise anyone to consider.
Return to the 1940 - 1950s
Return to the Timelime