Published: 12 May 2020

Celebrating our nurses and midwives

To celebrate the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020, we asked our nurses and midwives to share their stories, why they chose their careers and what inspired them to help others.

Dr Alison Callwood

Alison’s story

Dr Alison Callwood became a midwife to make a difference to the lives of vulnerable women and children, after volunteering in a home set up by Mother Theresa.

Read her story

Helen Stanley

Helen’s story

Helen Stanley began her career as an adult nurse over 40 years ago and fell in love with the science of nursing after joining the St John Ambulance.

Read her story

Jackie McBride

Jackie's story

Jackie McBride became an adult nurse to make a difference to the lives of her patients and improve the delivery of care across the sector, influencing policy change.

Read her story

Kath Lawton

Kathryn's story

Kathryn Lawton trained a midwife more than 30 years ago and is passionate about helping mothers make informed feeding choices for their babies.

Read her story

Laurence Drew

Laurence's story

Laurence Drew became a mental health nurse to help people with their mental health needs, in particular men, who may struggle to acknowledge their feelings.

Read his story


Louis Nyuyse

Louis' story

Louis Nyuyse became an adult nurse after a near-death experience inspired him to work in emergency care, looking after vulnerable people when they need help the most.

Read his story

Professor Melaine Coward

Melaine's story

Professor Melaine Coward decided to become a nurse at age 13 to fulfil her love for people, volunteering at her local cottage hospital to wash and feed patients. After qualifying, she specialised as a cancer nurse, before stepping into higher education to train the next generation of healthcare professionals.

Read her story

Louise Davies

Louise's story

Louise Davies become a midwife after seeing first-hand the positive impact the role can have for women and their families.

Read her story

Sara Faithfull

Sara's story

Sara Faithfull became a cancer nurse to look after people living with cancer, to manage their treatment, and to support survivors beyond their diagnoses.

Read her story

Wendy Barrie, Adult Nursing Student

Wendy's story

Wendy Barrie was inspired to train as an adult nurse after she lost both of her parents to cancer when they were in their early 50s.

Read her story

Share your nursing and midwifery story on Twitter using #YearoftheNurseandMidwife, tagging @UniOfSurrey.

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