A compassionate nurse

Lesley A Nolan-O’Neile

Lesley was born in Manilla NSW in 1953, one of eight children, to Edna and William Nolan. Lesley first attended school at Mumbil, then later at Orange and Adelong in NSW.

In 1972 she began her nurses’ training at Sydney Hospital, graduating in 1975.

She spent time gathering varied nursing experience at several hospitals from 1976 to 1979, and then went on to further study to gain a nursing certificate in mental health at Lidcombe Hospital.

In 1979, her desire to return to a country lifestyle led Lesley to obtain work at David Berry Hospital, Berry NSW. From 1985 to 1989, she held the position of NUM, also serving as relief in the role of Acting Director of Nursing.

In 1989, due to her mother’s increasingly ill health, Lesley relocated to Sydney, working at Blacktown Hospital rehabilitation unit. Here she took on the role of Clinical Coordinator and then the role of Acting Nurse Unit Manager. Lesley also co-authored, together with Nages Negaratnam and Gary Cheuk, the article ‘Acute confusional state in patients with and without dementia’, in the Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics 29 (1999) 139-147.

Lesley then moved onto the position of Senior RN at Hawkesbury Hospital to be closer to home. At Hawkesbury Hospital, Lesley found herself part of a wonderful team in the Marie Lock Ward. She was a caring and compassionate member of staff.

Lesley’s sudden passing left Marie Lock staff devastated. They formed a guard of honour at Lesley’s home and also at the Crematorium.

Lesley is survived by her brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

By Susanne Nolan, sister of Lesley Nolan-O’Neile.