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