Nursing Heroes Project: Sister Ellen Savage

Can you think of any nursing heroes? Of course there is Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell but when I was asked these were the only two I could think of. When I did my training there were some sisters we admired and tried to emulate in our own practice because they stood out from the many sisters that we came across. Now, however, with nursing studies being university based rather than hospital based, nursing students aren’t subjected to qualified nurses they can look up to.

A project started at Central Queensland University by the Professors of Nursing and Creative Industries  are looking at storytelling heroes in nursing. The first of what will hopefully be a series has been published on youtube. A bit of a buzz for me doing the first narrative.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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24 Responses to Nursing Heroes Project: Sister Ellen Savage

  1. A brilliant idea Irene and I do think that it is a shame that nurses today are not exposed to the wishes Sally

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  2. calmkate says:

    Impressive, well done you! And what a nice way to remember our nurses
    … that’s how my grandparents met!

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  3. Forestwood says:

    I was a hospital trained nurse. In the seventies in country hospitals it was still considered a vocation. Ellen Savage certainly was a hero. And that is a great narrative tribute!

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  4. noelleg44 says:

    What a brilliant idea, Irene, and OMG, what a hero in Sister Ellen Savage. I read a book about the hospital ships – these were from England – and they were no picnic. Would you mind if I reposted this on my blog?

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  5. Charli Mills says:

    Wow, what a story about Sister Ellen.

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