Ruth

Ruth was born in 1937 and went to the Foundling Hospital School in Berkhamsted in 1942.  She subsequently attended Watford Grammar School and Camden School for Girls, and trained as a nurse at University College Hospital. She later retrained and had a very fulfilling career as a health visitor.  She has three daughters and lives in Suffolk.

Ruth
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Ruth

Comfort zone

Audio Transcript

There weren't many options - you could become a short-hand typist or work in a shop or a factory and I couldn't visualise what any of this was like. You know, what was an office? Everybody seemed to know what they were doing in a shop. And I always wondered how I would make that leap. It didn't occur to me that somebody w-- that there was training, that you would be taught, told what to do. Just this fear of not knowing what it was about. It was a very very real fear, I wanted to stay in my comfort zone … I look back and I think, 'this is why I became a nurse...' There were rules, there was a uniform. It was-- it was a hiding place, a comfort zone.