Sydney Children’s Hospital veteran retires

After 36 years of dedicated nursing, Kay Driver has left the building!

Kay started at Sydney Children’s Hospital (SCH) (known then as ‘the old huts’) in 1970 as a first year registered nurse in paediatric ward H.

After a two-year stint at St Vincent’s, Kay returned to SCH to continue nursing children in ward C2. This ward specialised in neurology and orthopaedic patients. In 1981, Kay became charge nurse of C2.

Kay is and has always been a hands-on nurse. She was instrumental in starting up the spina bifida clinics in regional areas. Kay also pioneered palliative care especially for patients in C2/C1 North.

Emergency Department Nurse Manager Kylie Stark fondly remembers Kay’s expert clinical skills and dedication to her job.

‘As a student nurse I felt so confident when Kay was working. What she taught me about clinical skills, competency in dealing with families and dedication, I couldn’t get out of a text book,’ Kylie said.

Kay’s professionalism and friendship have been just as valuable to staff and patients as her clinical skills. C1North NUM Margo Casacelli summed up how many staff feel about Kay.

‘I want to thank Kay for her professional camaraderie and friendship for the past 20 years, it has meant a great deal,’ she said.

Outpatients Department NUM Susan Harmon also regards Kay as an inspirational friend and professional. ‘Kay and I go back a long way.

She has always been helpful – especially when I’ve needed help with a complex patient history or when I’ve needed to know something.

She is a wealth of knowledge.
‘Staff in the Outpatients Department will miss her very much particularly her infectious laugh which could be heard everywhere,’ Sue said.

Kay’s enthusiasm, commitment and sense of humour will be sorely missed at SCH. We wish her well in her retirement.

By Kay’s colleagues at Sydney Children’s Hospital.