Congratulations, Sue Long, on 53 years of nursing service.
Sue Long commenced her nursing career in March 1955 working as a Ward Cadet at the Royal Newcastle Hospital, then as an Assistant in Nursing at Newcastle Western Suburbs Maternity Hospital from 1959-1965. From 1965 until late 1967, Sue worked at the Macksville and District Hospital as an AiN before commencing her nursing training at the Prince Henry Hospital in February 1968.
Shortly after completing her training in 1971, Sue moved to the Operating Theatre where she spent the best part of the next 37 years. In August 1979, Sue started at what was then Mosman and District Community Hospital, now known as Mosman Private Hospital. Sue remained there until the closure of the Operating Theatres in December 2004. During that time she ran an extremely well managed department, possessing a very professional attitude and was committed to quality patient care, patient advocacy being a high priority.
Sue’s excellent interpersonal skills were evident in the rapport and loyalty of the staff and Medical Officers, many of whom she still maintains friendships with, as was evident at a surprise retirement gathering held by those colleagues on 1 June.
Following the closure of the Mosman theatres, Sue took up a position at the Prince of Wales Private Hospital as CSSD Manager till her retirement on 25 April. Sue’s vast perioperative nursing experience was an absolute asset to the CSSD department. She revolutionised CSSD processes, underwent major CSSD renovations and earned the respect of her team. The theatre team valued her professionalism, motivation, leadership and above all her friendship. We wish her well in her retirement.
Sue possesses a well-developed sense of humour, no doubt contributing to her longevity in what can be a very onerous vocation. She has many friends who she continues to keep in touch with and anticipates enjoying her retirement by travelling, playing golf, gardening, the odd long lunch and perhaps writing her memoirs.
Sue may have left the profession but those friends she met along the way of what truly was an inspiring career in nursing will forever surround her.
By Mary Lougher, Nerida Russell-Green and Chris Corbett.
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