Lor­raine achieves goal

It took more than 30 years, but Monto Hos­pi­tal’s new­est nurse fi­nally made it

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Bar­clay White Bar­clay.White@south bur­nett­times.com.au

IT MIGHT have taken Lor­raine Link more than 30 years to be­come a reg­is­tered nurse, but she never gave up.

Monto Hos­pi­tal’s new­est nurse had only been work­ing in Monto for two weeks but she was the guest speaker for Tues­day’s In­ter­na­tional Nurses Day lun­cheon.

And although she was new to the hos­pi­tal and reg­is­tered nurs­ing, she knew it was a call­ing ever since her fa­ther got sick when she was 10.

“Be­cause I looked af­ter my dad at a young age, it’s just gone on from there,” Mrs Link said.

When she turned 16 she got a job as an as­sis­tant nurse, but wanted to go on to be a fully qual­i­fied reg­is­tered nurse.

“My ma­tron told me I’d never be­come an RN with my ed­u­ca­tion,” she said.

Life got in the way, but af­ter get­ting mar­ried and hav­ing eight chil­dren she still had the pas­sion to be­come an RN.

Even­tu­ally she de­cided to take the plunge, and did her Year 12 equiv­a­lency be­fore study­ing nurs­ing at uni­ver­sity, along­side her hus­band and one of her daugh­ters.

But fam­ily ill­ness, in­clud­ing a heart con­di­tion of one of her daugh­ters and her hus­band be­com­ing ter­mi­nal, took cen­tre stage.

Her hus­band even­tu­ally suc­cumbed to the can­cer, but she still stuck through and com­peted her nurs­ing de­gree, 37 years af­ter she started work­ing as an as­sis­tant nurse.

“It was sad be­cause all three of us were meant to grad­u­ate to­gether,” she said.

De­spite be­ing at the hos­pi­tal for only a few weeks, she said nurs­ing direc­tor Tracey Pat­tie and other staff had made her feel at home from day one.

“They have been more than wel­com­ing,” she said.

“I think I was meant to be here.”

PHOTO: BAR­CLAY WHITE

LONG ROAD: Lor­raine Link is wel­comed to Monto Hos­pi­tal by nurs­ing direc­tor Tra­cie Pat­tie.

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