Sharyn Louise Foster
19 September 1958–4 December 2008
On the 4 December 2008, Sharyn passed away peacefully following a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. Sharyn was surrounded by her loving family, who wish to extend their heartfelt appreciation for the care and support provided them by the dedicated staff of the Palliative Care Unit at Mt Druitt Hospital.
Born, Sharyn Louise Webb at King George IV Camperdown, she was the eldest of four children and from a very young age had always wanted to become a nurse. Sharyn, true to her dream, pursued a career in nursing at the age of 17 years, commencing training at Auburn District Hospital. Sharyn first married in 1986 (Sharyn Guy) and had two beautiful daughters, Karina and Alyson. Sharyn married again in 2007 to Robert Foster and the couple’s integrated family included Janelle, Rodney, Lee and a grandson Jayden.
Sharyn’s career included specialising in cardiac, burns and Theatre Nursing and further pursuing studies in Hospital Management. Sharyn was very involved in Quality Assurance and was the first person to implement ISO9000 into the Minchinbury Community Hospital. She then implemented ISO9000 in two other hospitals in the Macquarie Group, making her a pioneer in this field of Quality.
Sharyn’s colleagues and friends at Minchinbury Community Hospital have very fond memories of an energetic person who did not know how to sit on a chair. Sharyn would run from one end of the hospital to the other making sure staff and patients were being cared for. She always had a smile on her face and just loved coming to work. Sharyn always ensured that any problems were dealt with immediately.
Sharyn’s vision and goal was to have a dedicated rehabilitation unit to facilitate the recovery of patients and their return home. She drove everyone crazy wanting a hydrotherapy pool and a gymnasium. After much persistence, typical of Sharyn when she wanted things to happen, the hospital commenced design and plans to build what Sharyn had dreamed of. She was there at every step, from excavation to the final fit out. Today, there is a dedicated Rehab Unit with Hydrotherapy Pool and Gymnasium, all thanks to Sharyn’s persistence and dedication.
Sharyn was a nurse right to the end. She would come to work during the last two months and spend four hours a day checking staff and patients were all OK. In her battle against cancer she was a true warrior, never losing her ambition or passion and facing each day with grace and dignity.
Sharyn touched many people’s lives with her unique blend of honesty, compassion, responsibility and great sense of humour. Most of all she was a woman who stood strong for the things she believed were important in life, these being one’s family, friends, colleagues and care of the patients. Sharyn possessed a unique sense of style, a love of travel, an enthusiasm for life and, in particular, a passion for all things ‘Christmas’.
Sharyn will always be remembered as a strong and compassionate woman, a loving daughter and sister, a devoted mother and wife, a reliable friend and dedicated professional. You have left joy in the hearts of many and your passing is a great loss to us all. Heart-felt sympathy goes out to your family and friends and to the profession of nursing you so dearly loved.
Thanks go to your friends John and Marion, Marilyn and your loving mum for information supplied.
By Julie Swain CMC
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