Sixty years on Jo calls time on nursing career

Set for retirement: nurse Jo Duncan celebrates her last day at Nettleton Manor Care Home.
Set for retirement: nurse Jo Duncan celebrates her last day at Nettleton Manor Care Home.

WHEN nurse Jo Duncan first started work in 1951 King George VI was still on the throne, Winston Churchill won the general election and Nat King Cole topped the charts.

Sixty years later – aged 76 – Nettleton nurse Jo, is finally retiring.

Jo, who has worked at Nettleton Manor Nursing Home since 1997, says she does not feel her age and is finding it hard leave nursing behind – she retired when she was 61, but that only lasted for six months.

She said: “I will miss nursing very, very much, it’s been my life. It’s like losing an arm.

“Nursing is something I always wanted to do, why, I don’t know, because there were no nurses in my family. But I love everything about it.

“I’ve found it hard to retire – I don’t feel 76, I get out and about and keep up to date with styles that keep me young.”

Jo’s career started at a hospital in the north east and saw her move to Redcar and London before settling in Lincolnshire.

“I really enjoy nursing but it’s changed an awful lot over the years,” said Jo. “There’s a lot more discipline now; we used to be thrown in at the deep end but we were no worse off for it. We survived.

“There’s far too much paperwork now and I’m an old hands-on type who spends time with the patients.”

As well as working in nursing homes, Jo has worked as an occupational health nurse, a school nurse, a theatre nurse and a nurse in a private clinic.

But she is very modest about her achievements. She said: “I don’t think what I’ve done is amazing – I think there’s a lot of people my age who trained when I did and still work.”

Nettleton Manor Nursing Home manager Paula Teal said: “Jo has shown great dedication and great enthusiasm for her job and for her profession. She’s a great credit to the nursing profession and I for one will miss her very much.”

Jo said she will spend her retirement relaxing and getting out and about as often as possible.