Greener pastures

Ballina farewells Frances

Colleagues and friends gathered to farewell Frances Eyre, who recently retired after 21 years working as RN at Ballina District Hospital.

Frances commenced at Ballina in 1985 as night sister in charge. Over the years she worked as clinical educator for SCU, as well as relief cardiac facilitator for cardiac rehabilitation and chronic heart failure program.

Frances was also the workplace assessor and was involved in her local NSWNA branch as president and delegate. Many staff attended the speechcraft courses that Frances organised while an active member of Toastmasters International.

Frances trained at Launceston General Hospital in Tasmania and did her midwifery training at Queen Victoria Hospital.

After marrying a fellow nurse, Frances moved to PNG where she worked as a nurse tutor in Port Moresby and Madang, as well as having four daughters long the way.

After PNG independence in 1976, Frances and her family returned to Australia.

Frances worked in WA, NSW and Brisbane before finally settling in Ballina.

Frances obtained her degree in 1991 and saw many changes in nursing, most of them good, especially in cardiac and surgical techniques. Frances encouraged all people to fulfil their potential and take every opportunity to advance their careers. Her parting wishes to her colleagues: she hopes everybody finds nursing as enriching, varied and as rewarding as her career was.

By Vicki O’Sullivan AIN, Ballina District Hospital