A most loved nurse

Sandra Ayoub
3 January 1958 – 3 January 2007

On 3 January 2007, the town of Coonabarabran lost one of its most loved nurses, Sandra Ayoub.

Sandra was born and grew up in Sydney. She began her nursing career working in nursing homes in Sydney before moving to Baradine in 1983. She worked at Cooinda Nursing Home in the mid ’80s and while there went to Eversleigh Hospital in Sydney and completed her Enrolled Nurses training. She then returned to Coonabarabran Hospital.

In October 1992, Sandra achieved a Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

After surgery in 1999, Sandra decided on a seachange and left Coonabarabran in 2001 and went to Queensland for 12 months. She enjoyed her time away with a good friend and worked with the Bone Density Screening unit.

She returned to Coonabarabran in 2002. Sandra was always aiming to increase her knowledge and skills to improve her patient care. In the last two years she completed ‘EN – Assisting in Emergency Situations’ certificate through the College of Nursing and the Certificate IV in Enrolled Nurse Conversion Medication Administration. She also completed Dialysis training in 2005 and was very competent in this area.

Sandy, as she was affectionately known, always had a smile on her face despite what she was going through herself. She always made her patients smile with her cheerful, outgoing attitude and was very patient and tolerant with all people and had a gift of making people happy and feel good about themselves.

Sandy was a wonderful, supportive mother to her four sons – Daniel, Matthew, Jonathan and Jack. She had a remarkable zest for life and was always full of fun and made people around her have fun, too.

She will be sadly missed by all her friends and the nursing profession has lost a valuable member.

by Debbie Korff, RN, Coonabarabran Hospital.