Susan Potter knew as a little girl that she wanted to be a children's nurse. Thirty years later, after working in hospitals in the UK, Germany and the Far East, she crowned an eventful nursing career by founding a hospice for sick children, entirely from her own initiative which when completed was officially opened by Princess Diana, HRH the Princess of Wales. It's Yourself!A" is Susan's story, from her earliest childhood years divided between holidays in Scotland and her rural home in Essex to the challenges and excitement of an international nursing career. It relates the story of how she trained as young nurse at Great Ormond Street and went on to join Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps, serving at military hospitals in Germany, Singapore and Hong Kong and rising to the rank of Major. There are chapters about her work with the renowned in-vitro fertilisation pioneers Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards at Bourne Hall Fertility Clinic, and her greatest professional achievement - raising the funding and public support necessary to open a new hospice for sick children for the eastern region.
The final chapters tell of her move to her beloved Scotland and her experiences as a community nurse before she was finally able to retire and live next door to the holiday home where she had stayed as a child more than half a century earlier.
Susan Potter had wanted to be a children's nurse ever since she was a little girl growing up in rural Essex. After qualifying at the Princess Royal School of Nursing in the 1960s and working at Great Ormond Street and the London Hospital, she enrolled with Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps, with whom she served in England, Germany, Singapore and Hong Kong, eventually rising to the rank of Major. On her return home at the start of the 1980s she went to work as Matron for the renowned in-vitro fertilisation pioneers Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards at Bourne Hall Fertility Clinic. Next came the most challenging job of all - meeting an urgent need for the care of seriously-ill children by setting up a brand new hospice for sick children, the Children's Hospice for the Eastern Region near Cambridge, entirely off her own bat. In the late 1990s, after the hospice had been officially opened by Princess Diana, HRH the Princess of Wales and was safely up and running, Susan finally stood down to retire to the place which had been a sanctuary for her since childhood family holidays - the coastal village of Tighnabruaich in Scotland's spectacular Kyles of Bute. Today she shares its beauty with a constant stream of visitors, both family and friends.
Chapter 1 - A country childhood Chapter 2 - School and Scotland Chapter 3 - On the wards Chapter 4 - Signing up for the QAs Chapter 5 - A regular commission Chapter 6 - A hospice for children Chapter 7 - Return to Tighnabruaich Chapter 8 - A fresh start
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