Stamford Hospital community nurse Liz Briant has retired after almost 40 years as a nurse
A caring community nurse who was told she wouldn’t make it as a nurse has retired after almost 40 years in the job.
Liz Briant, 58, who lives in Cottesmore, has worked out of Stamford Hospital for the past 15 years and retired on Monday with colleagues putting on a surprise leaving party in the Old Hurst Ward.
The mother-of two is going to become a foster carer.
An emotional Liz said: “I don’t think it has sunk in that I’m leaving yet.
“It’s more than a job to me - it’s been a vocation and I’ve loved it.
“They originally said they thought I couldn’t be a nurse because I wear two hearing aids and I wouldn’t be able to use a stethoscope for example.
“Me and my mum, who’s 93, just pushed and pushed for them to give me a chance.
“I started out as a nurse in July 1979 and there have been so many changes.
“Computers, technology, the different types of dressings - it’s all moved on.
“Working in paediatric ward was fantastic and going out into the community in 1989 was another highlight.
“You’re on your own and your making a lot of decisions on the spot like the right dressings and drugs for the patient.
“I was also really proud to be awarded the title of the Queen’s Nurse in 2012.”
Liz, who is originally from Carlisle, has worked out of Stamford Hospital for the past 15 years but has also worked in her hometown, Macclesfield, Cambridgeshire, Middlesex and Hampshire.
Sarah Chaytor, a nurse who has worked with Liz for the past 10 years, said: “She’s fabulous to work with.
“Everyone will miss her and and she’s really popular with both patients and colleagues.”