International Women’s Day inspired Nurse Uncut to think about the huge influence mothers can have on their children. How many of you have a mother who is a nurse or midwife who influenced you to take up this profession?
There are many examples of mother-daughter nurse and midwife pairs (or even families where two or more daughters have followed in their mother’s footsteps.)
Sarah’s mother’s career had a big influence on her decision. “I saw how much she enjoyed her job and the satisfaction she got out of it,” said Sarah. “I wanted to be at the bedside and have a family life as well.”
In some cases, the mother followed her daughter into the profession. Madeleine Daly began her four-year nursing and midwifery dual degree in 2010 and mother Mary applied to study nursing later that same year.
Victorian Brad Allott, who grew up on his parents’ dairy farm, gave farming a go for a few years but then decided to follow his mother and become a nurse. So, any other mother-son nurses out there?
We’ve even come across a dad and his two sons who all went into nursing, in the US.
Donald Gray Jr spent 22 years as a paramedic. But the long hours – he often worked 48-hour shifts – caused him to seek a career change. When the family moved in 2009 to help care for an ailing family member, he decided to pursue a nursing degree. His two sons thought it sounded like a good career for them as well.
They aren’t the only father-son nurses.
So tell us your story – are you the mother, the father or the offspring who also became a nurse or midwife?
Main image: Mother and daughter nurses in the US. Picture by Dana Shaw http://www.27east.com/news/