Author looks back at ‘better nursing era’
‘We now serve management more than patients’
AN AUTHOR hopes her book will highlight the changes in nursing over the years, from serving patients to management.
Dinah Latham of Bois Lane, Chesham Bois, has published her book Walking Forward, Looking Back.
It was published for the first time at the end of October and there was an overwhelming response at the book signing in Waterstones, Amersham, with three times the volume of sales as normal.
Mrs Latham, who was born in Chalfont St Giles, said: “It took me three years to write.
“It is about the idea that we have lost touch with the better time of nursing.
“I think that we did things better in the 1960s than we do them now.
“We used to serve patients and now we serve management. It is about quantity now and not quality.”
Mrs Latham retired seven years ago and was a district nurse and midwife both in Portobello Road, in London, and in Chalfont St Peter and Gerrards Cross. In her book, she recounts stories about the patients she cared for 50 years ago.
The retired nurse said: “I do hope that someone in management [will heed] the book. I know that is a vain hope. I just want this book to record that there was a better time in nursing when we did things differently. Nursing used to be considered a vocation and they were pleased to serve. Now it is more of a job.”
The book also covers Dinah’s relationship with close companion, Harriet the dog, and the issues of divorce,singleparenthood, living alone and retirement.
The mother-of-four said: “The response has been overwhelming. It has two markets, it appeals to nurses and it also appeals to dog walkers.”
There will be a book signing on Saturday, December 20 in Blossom and Grey, Bois Lane, Chesham Bois from 10.30am until 3pm.
You can find out more information at www. dinahlatham.co.uk.