Retired medic Maisie nurses great memories

Retired nurse Maisie Winship, who is featured in a Royal College of Nursing publication to mark International Nurses Day
Retired nurse Maisie Winship, who is featured in a Royal College of Nursing publication to mark International Nurses Day

South Tynesider maisie Winship is playing a key role in the celebration of International Nurses’ Day.

Maisie Winship is featured in a new booklet titled A History of Nursing in the North East and Cumbria.

The 75-year-old, who lives with husband Syd, 77, in East Boldon, worked in both practice nursing and industrial nursing.

She qualified as a nurse in 1960 at Harton Hospital, now South Tyneside District Hospital.

Mrs Winship then went on to work as a counsellor and lecturer at South Tyneside College, before retiring nine years ago.

The booklet has been published by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) to coincide with International Nurses’ Day tomorrow, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, in 1820.

“I attend the RCN Northern region’s retired nurses’ group, and someone rang me up to ask if I would be interviewed,” said Mrs Winship.

“I felt very privileged to be able to contribute.”

Mrs Winship said: “Nurses are very important, and I think it is nice to have some recognition.

“Nurses work very hard and with lots of complaints, but not as many accolades for the good bits, of which there are lots.

“I have very happy memories of my time in nursing.

“It is something I have been very interested in and involved with throughout my working life.”

In the booklet, Mrs Winship recalls spending the first three months of her ward training cleaning sluices, helping with bed baths and making cups of tea.

She said: “Being a nursing student was like being part of an extended family really, because we had to live in.

“Seven of us started together – six females and one male nurse. It was good, the companionship, and I still see the people I trained with.”

Mrs Winship, a mother of three and grandmother of four, went into industrial nursing shortly after getting married.

She worked as a welfare officer and nurse in a biscuit factory, then as an industrial sister in the shipyards.

She said: “It was very good, and I did lots of different things, like accidents and referrals, because it was a dock as well as a shipyard.

“They were not bad accidents, but there were two of us, and we were kept busy. Mostly the injuries were flash burns from welding.”

Mrs Winship worked part time after having her children and went into practice nursing, then lecturing in health and social care. She also trained as a Relate counsellor.

She has served as a public governor at South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust for almost nine years.

She said: “Now I’m retired, every day’s a busy day.

“I enjoy everything I do. I liked nursing. I liked helping people and seeing them improving and getting better. I loved it.”

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