This month we’re talking to Tracey, a nurse. The World Health Organisation has said that the year 2020 is the Year of the Nurse and Midwife. On their website they say that nurses and midwives are the people who devote their lives to caring for mothers and children; give lifesaving immunisations and health advice; look after older people and generally meet everyday essential health needs. So we thought it very apt to interview a nurse for our podcast! Tracey talks about her career as a nurse, how she studied and why she wanted to become a nurse. She also responds to a question about favourite patients and says that she has favourite moments rather than favourite patients. Being a nurse is very challenging and the girls ask Tracey about how she copes with sick patients and her own mental health. They also ask about that myth, hospital food…is it any good!?
We spoke to Tracey over the phone, so there may be some audio issues.
Florence Nightingale was known as the “founder of modern nursing” because she changed nursing by creating a number of patient services called standards of care that helped the survival rates of sick and injured people. During the Crimean War in 1854 she worked in Turkey with 38 nurses from England. It was during this time that she was known as the “Lady with the Lamp” because she went through the dark hospital hallways carrying a lamp and helped the soldiers with their medical and mental health problems.