Editor's Viewpoint: Our nurses have always been in a class of their own
The nursing class of 1968 certainly had plenty to talk about when they met up for their 50th anniversary. They began training at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast just as the Troubles were erupting and the violence was enough to make some move away when they qualified.
But there were fun memories, too, of climbing back into the dorm after breaking the 10pm curfew and having to ensure that tights and uniforms were pristine under the beady eye of matron. Nursing practices may have evolved greatly, along with developments in medicine, yet many still remember the personal touch of the nurses of yesterday, which made hospital stays bearable.