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Susan Palmer

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  • Comment on: Yorkshire trust unveils remote baby video link in UK first

    Susan Palmer's comment 22 August, 2016 5:57 pm

    Absolutely brilliant! Can't think why it has taken until now! Parents will be so grateful and the separation more bearable. As a retired HV I know how affected parents are at home without their little ones, when the latter are in hospital.
    Well done Dr and Nurse!!
    How about the children's wards, when parents cannot stay by their children? Another possibility for video links?

  • Comment on: Charity condemns HCA year for student nurses

    Susan Palmer's comment 5 January, 2015 3:53 pm

    All of the conversation is fascinating to a retired nurse graduate! Now 68 years old and retired for over a year now.
    Things really seem no simpler for governments and the NHS than they were when 12 of us embarked on the Manchester University, Bachelor of Nursing course in 1965.
    Briefly...there was an emphasis on some caring experience, voluntary work etc as well as academic results, before a potential student even got an interview. The interview(s) was intense and demanding of a vocational 'feel' for nursing.
    The course was 4 years long with few holidays, and some learning we shared with the medical students. No picnic.
    Out of the 12 of us, about 7 stayed in hospital nursing as midwives, general nurses etc, the other 5 becoming community nurses/health visitors. Eventually one did research to PhD level, several became managers of some sort in the health profession and the rest like me remained at the coal face, often teaching others. We were all passionate nurses, believing us to have been educated to the level of 'knowledgeable doers'..the quote of the time.
    Nursing is a noble profession and vocation. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

    Happy New Year

  • Comment on: New institute to champion health visiting

    Susan Palmer's comment 12 November, 2012 9:51 pm

    How pleased I was to hear of a professional lead in the attempt to raise the profile and quality of Health Visiting. The Institute envisaged, sounds to be a step towards a real analysis and move to identifying what the HV actually does.
    I have been qualified for 43 years in this worthwhile profession and maintain contact/support of families through just a small bank post now.
    My career has been a profound learning process about the human condition. However, the HV role in promoting the public health and the good of families and child rearing, has often been marginalised and under valued.
    Sue Palmer