Safe hands

Nurse Sharon Wilkin­son has called time on a 32-year ca­reer of lov­ingly look­ing af­ter lit­tlies at Mt Druitt Hos­pi­tal.

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Vera Ber­tola

FOR 32 years Sharon Wilkin­son has been a wel­com­ing and re­as­sur­ing face at the chil­dren’s ward at Mt Druitt Hos­pi­tal.

The pe­di­atric nurse has soothed cry­ing chil­dren, eased their par­ents’ con­cerns and pro­vided the best imag­in­able care.

But last Fri­day Ms Wilkin­son tucked in the chil­dren one last time dur­ing the fi­nal shift of her ex­em­plary 43year nurs­ing ca­reer.

“My sis­ter al­ways told me I’d know when it was time to walk away,” she said. “She was right – it’s time now.”

Ms Wilkin­son, 61, said the longevity of her ca­reer was due to one sim­ple fact: her love of chil­dren.

“I just love chil­dren, I can’t get enough of them,” she said. “Ba­bies, tod­dlers, even cheeky teenagers ... it’s chal­leng­ing to look af­ter them but so re­ward­ing.”

Ms Wilkin­son be­gan her ca­reer at the Prince of Wales Hos­pi­tal in 1973.

She and her hus­band moved to the Mt Druitt area af­ter they mar­ried and she suc­cess­fully ap­plied for a po­si­tion at Mt Druitt Hos­pi­tal in 1984.

“I was ini­tially a ca­sual for a cou­ple of years then a po­si­tion came up in pe­di­atrics,” Ms Wilkin­son said.

She ad­mit­ted with a laugh that she had started see­ing the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion – and oc­ca­sion­ally the third – of chil­dren she had cared for in her early years at Mt Druitt.

“It’s been a beau­ti­ful com­mu­nity hos­pi­tal,” she said of Mt Druitt. “The cater­ing, the do­mes­tic staff ... we all know we couldn’t do our jobs with­out each other. That’s what Mt Druitt is about.”

Ms Wilkin­son said re­tire­ment would be trav­el­ling and gar­den­ing but she is al­ready con­sid­er­ing vol­un­teer­ing to be a ward granny at Mt Druitt Hos­pi­tal.

It’s been a beau­ti­ful com­mu­nity hos­pi­tal Sharon Wilkin­son

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