Motivation to work in HIV

Motivation to work in HIV
Interviewee:Pearl. Interviewer: Sian Edwards

Pearl, a Religious Sister, was a staff nurse on an HIV  ward in London she talks about why she wanted to work in HIV.

“We were asked what we’d like to do.  And I was a nurse, and I said, ‘Well, I don’t know.  What’s the need of the time.’  And I said, ‘Well, I hear people talking about AIDS. 

Knew nothing about HIV

I   don’t know what it is, but it’s rife in London.  And I wouldn’t mind going there.’ and, they said, ‘Are you sure you would…?’  I said, ‘I don’t know anything about it but I’m willing to learn.’  I knew nothing about the convent when I came in, but, you know, you get to know it as you go along. 

I’d like to give it a shot

And, if it’s a need, and we’re here for the needs of the people, and I’m young enough, the rest of you aren’t, so,’ I said, ‘I would like to, give it a, a shot.’  So, they asked the sister who was in charge in London to see if there was a hospital, where I could get a job.  And she went along to St Stephen’s,  she met the man in charge of the, the AIDS part of the hospital.  And, he said, ‘I hope she’s not going to…  If she’s here, I hope she won’t be shouting prayers out all day long”