'Guinea pig' class of 1986 nurses fond memories

Photo: Linda Robertson.
Photo: Linda Robertson.
The first class of nurses to graduate from the Otago Polytechnic School of Nursing reunited for the first time in 30 years at the weekend.

Thirty-six of the 45 nurses to graduate from the school in 1986 attended the reunion.

Reunion co-organiser Marina Anderson (centre front, left) said former classmates had travelled from as far afield as the United States for the reunion.

About 80% of the class were still nurses, she said.

Co-organiser Ena McGinn (centre front, right) said she believed the class retained a "strong bond" because they were the guinea pigs for the nursing school.

Many of the day-to-day aspects of nursing had not changed over 30 years, however nurses now had to do "more" with "less money", she said.

The reunion included a tour around the school of nursing and an afternoon to share nursing school memories. 

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