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Nursing Times finds its longest subscriber

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Nursing Times has found the nurse that’s been reading the magazine and subscribing for the longest period of time.

Vera Robins, who celebrated her 98th birthday recently, started training as a nurse in 1931 and started her subscription to what was then the Nursing Mirror.


Vera trained at Croydon General Hospital in 1930. Her mother did not want her to train but to stay at home and help in the house, but she was determined and her cousin who was a governer at the hospital helped her gain a place.

She says she was accountable to ‘Sister Darling’ and had half a day off a week. Her career included working at Fleet community hospital as a night sister, and before retiring, she worked as a district nurse in Surrey in 1978.


She currently still receives the Nursing Times and is an avid reader. Her children have many memories of seeing the magazine and that’s clearly passed on her love of nursing to the next generations, as her grandson is currently working as an A&E nurse. He reads her copies as she still subscribes because she says “it keeps her up to date”. She has enjoyed the magazine unbroken for 80 years.

She is pictured above with a beautiful bouquet of flowers sent to her from the Nursing Times team for being our longest subscriber, thanks Vera!

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