From SRN to CBE
This book gives a personal view of life as a nurse that spanned more than 50 years. It outlines the highs and lows of working in health care, and the effort that one dedicated practitioner put in to try and improve the care for patients. When she left Ireland in 1958 to train as a nurse at Whipps Cross Hospital in London, little did Mary Spinks (formerly Donn) know that this would be the beginning of an expansive and rewarding career which would cover all aspects of nursing. From her beginnings as a theatre nurse, she became a sister, then a matron. Mary's passion for nursing led her to join the National Association of Theatre Nurses, which she went on to chair. This took her all over the world, exchanging ideas with nurses worldwide about the best ways to develop theatre nursing. Mary went on to become Director of Nursing at Lewisham/Hither Green, Chief Nursing Officer at Brighton Health Authority, and then Regional Nursing Officer for North East Thames. She was director of the Florence Nightingale Foundation from 1996 to 2010, and concluded her career in nursing by being appointed CBE by Her Majesty the Queen in November 2010.