Lorraine achieves goal
It took more than 30 years, but Monto Hospital’s newest nurse finally made it
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.”
LONG ROAD: Lorraine Link is welcomed to Monto Hospital by nursing director Tracie Pattie.