Important: To keep everyone safe during Alert Level 2, visiting people in hospitals is restricted.  Whaanau who visit should arrange visits in advance with the ward Charge Nurse. More details here. 12 May 2017 | It's been 70 years since a young Esme Green decided she wanted to be a nurse.

The year was 1947 and the 20-year-old dressmaker was living in Otahuhu when a new south Auckland hospital opened its doors on May 3.

She told her parents her plan and within a few months she had become Middlemore Hospital's first trainee nurse, doing "all the work no-one else wanted to do".

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