This year's International Nurses Day celebrations will be memorable for Lockhart Registered Nurse Pam Ellis, who is retiring after a nursing career which spans a total of five decades.
Lockhart Health Service will say thank you to its nurses for the vital role they play in the local community with a lunch on Thursday 17 May at 1pm which will also be a farewell for Pam Ellis
Pam began her nursing career in 1958 with four years training at Ipswich General Hospital.
She accepted a position at The Rock hospital in 1962, then a small eight-bed facility run as an annexe to Wagga Wagga Base Hospital.
After a 22 year break from nursing following her
marriage to a local farmer and raising four children while managing a property, Pam
decided to return to nursing.
completed a refresher course at Griffith Base Hospital
and took up a position as a Registered Nurse at Lockhart Hospital
has been caring for local residents at Lockhart Hospital
The most significant changes she
has seen in her
time as a Registered Nurse are the move from glass to disposable plastic syringes, safer infection control and occupational health and safety improvements.
"Best of all is the shorter stays in hospital for patients with better outcomes," she
said one of the highlights of her
career was nursing children with poliomyelitis after an outbreak in the local area in the early 1960s.