Au­thor looks back at ‘bet­ter nurs­ing era’

‘We now serve man­age­ment more than pa­tients’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Laura Mowat laura.mowat@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

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