48It's true! My very first day as a nurse was 1st September 1958!
I trained at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital in Norfolk, UK and upon finishing at the end of 1962, went into the orthopaedic theatre where the first surgeon ever to do hip replacements was working. I scrubbed for him regularly and only when I left did I discover that nowhere else was doing hip replacements! Whilst I was working there I also scrubbed for his first knee replacement which - so far as I have been able to discover, was the first done anywhere in the UK and possibly in the world!
During my lifetime, I have worked in 20+ different hospitals and around 35 different operating theatres!
When I started there was two types of bone plate to choose from, the Sherman and the Eggars plates, and just three sizes of screws, 5/32", 7/64" and 5/64". The Thompson and Austin Moore prostheses were available then (as now) for hemiarthroplasty for fractured necks of femur. For internal fixation of NOF was a variety of tri-fin nails or the McCloughlin four fin nails and accompanying plates. Intramedullary nailing was with a Kuntscher clovereafe shaped nail for femora and round bodied Rush nails for forearms. How things have changed!!
This was me at the start of my training!
Rejoice with me, my new friends! For I am STILL WORKING and I shall be 67 in 3 weeks time! Life has been fantastic and though the pay was usually pretty lousy, the other rewards have been indescribably wonderful!
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