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Cardinal praises nurses

Keywords: Nursing, Nurse

1.-A ARDINAL HEE N AN said last week to an audience of nurses: "Giving prizes to nurses is almost an occupational disease with me, because I believe you carry out in practice what the clergy preach about. You serve Christ our Lord in all the children of God whom you meet."

He was presiding at the annual prizegiving at Whipps Cross Hospital, Leytonstone, East London, which has more than 900 beds.

"Just imagine what your calling means," he said. "You give yourselves, if you are good nurses, to your patients. And you give yourselves not on their merits because if you do that you are not a good nurse at all.

"If you give yourself to the nice ones—to the good, wellbehaved little children, to the polite men and women—but not to those who are ill-mannered, resentful, who are demanding, then you are not a good nurse. The good nurse realises that most people who come into hospital are frightened, particularly if they come into hospital for the first time.

"They are resentful not, in fact, of the doctor or the nurse —they are resentful of the illness."

• A nun, Sister Angela Bernard (Catherine Sharp Burns, of Greenock) won the premier award, the Gold Medal and Amstell Prize for gaining 250 marks out of a possible 300. She also won the Nurses' League prize.




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