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Portrait of Daphne Mighty

My Father arrived in England from Kingston, Jamaica in 1953 and he sent for my Mother who arrived in 1954. They settled in Wolverhampton. I came to England in July 1967.

As a child growing up I had always wanted to be a Nurse. I started at Bilston College in September 1967 to do my pre-training course.

I started my nurse training in September 1970 at the District Hospital (Edward Street, West Bromwich). As part of our training we were on rotation at Hallam, Heath Lane & Moxley Hospitals.

I completed my training in January 1973 and became an Enrolled Nurse. I worked in Medicine, Surgical and ENT departments.

After I finished my Enrolled Nurse training I applied to become a State Registered Nurse but my application wasn’t accepted. I was told that I was a very good “Enrolled Nurse” but offered no further opportunity to develop.

I worked at Hallam Hospital up until 1974, when I took time out to start and raise my family. I returned to work in 1987 at the old Dudley Road Hospital (City Hospital) in Elderly Care. I remained there until my retirement in 2003 due to ill health.

I enjoyed my career and helping people who were ill to become well. It was hard work but very rewarding.

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