Pioneer nurse helps Middlemore Hospital celebrate 70th birthday

Posted by Communications Team on 12 May 2017 |

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Esme Green's legacy lives on at Middlemore Hospital, one of its buildings is named after her.

Stuff.co.nz | It's been 70 years since a young Esme Green decided she wanted to be a nurse.

The year was 1947 and the 20-year-old dressmaker was living in Otahuhu when a new south Auckland hospital opened its doors on May 3.

She told her parents her plan and within a few months she had become Middlemore Hospital's first trainee nurse, doing "all the work no-one else wanted to do".

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