Kathleen describes here her training in Bath Street, Glasgow, and her varied and successful career that takes in Greater Glasgow along with spells in Southampton and Surrey before becoming Director of Nursing for Argyll and Inverclyde Community Health Services. Within her interview, Kathleen talks about the variety of conditions and ailments a Queen’s Nurse could face and how there was no such thing as a quiet day.
Kathleen reflects on how innovation and improvisation were often the most important skills of a Queen’s Nurse, including the dependable Queen’s Poke!
In 2016, journalist Pennie Taylor was commissioned to compile oral histories from our retired Queen’s Nurses. Interviews with nine Queen’s Nurses as part of the project “Voices of Experience” were filmed, and these videos provide an informative and colourful depiction of life as a community nurse across the latter half of the twentieth century. Each interviewee brings a unique perspective, creating a comprehensive look at the importance of Queen’s Nurses to Scotland’s communities. The interviews help to illustrate how training and practice have changed over the years, and are a fascinating piece of our history which we are delighted to be able to share with you.
We were delighted to have Pennie on board, and her journalistic experience and professionalism showed throughout the whole process, creating these nine immersive videos. Pennie said:
“It was a treat to get to know them all, and to share their memories of working lives spent helping others in cities, towns and villages the length and breadth of the land. Each has a unique experience and perspective, of course, but what struck me about them collectively was their ingenuity and bravery, coupled with a deep-rooted commitment to delivering the highest quality nursing care possible.”