Topic: Betty Gordon (Blackie)

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Recollection of Betty Gordon (Blackie), Registered Nurse, Trained 1945

Betty BlackieWhen I trained at Tauranga Hospital it was quite small; a Men’s Ward for medical and surgical, the same for women, a Maternity Annexe and Tuberculosis (TB) Ward away from the main hospital. I did all my night nursing in the TB Ward and as it was near the end of WW2 we still had rationing in New Zealand. Our power went off at 11pm and came on again at 5am. The only lighting we had was a hurricane lantern and a torch to do the rounds in the wards. On one of those rounds I found someone in bed with a patient! During the middle of my training we had a polio epidemic so many of the TB patients were sent home and polio patients in iron lungs filled the ward. I really enjoyed my training but we often had to work longer than our shift because of a nurse shortage. 

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