For the last 52 years Helen Walters has been a nurse at the Beaconsfield District Health Service and she does not have her sights set on stopping anytime soon.
“I’m just taking it one day at a time,” she said.
Alongside her are her two sisters Wendy Garwood and Julie White. Both are health care assistants, Ms Garwood has been there for 38 years and Ms White for 19 years.
With more than a 100 years of experience caring for the Beaconsfield community between them, the legacy is continuing on.
Ms Walters worked alongside her granddaughter and first year University of Tasmania nursing student Amy Griffiths during her placement this month.
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The moment has not been lost on Ms Walters. She paid homage to the woman who gave her the opportunity to start her career 52 years ago.
“Her name was Meg Hodge, she was our matron at the time and she was a very dedicated, very selfless lady,” Ms Walters said.
“She gave me the opportunity to be able to be where I am today and to be able to sit beside my granddaughter and teach her a few little things.
“I’ve really had some good times here.”
Looking back on her years at the facility so far she said she could not imagine she would still be there all these years later.
As Ms Walters had not considered the profession, until a call from the matron led her down that path.
“I never really thought about nursing until my mother had been in hospital, because she actually had 10 of her babies at Beaconsfield,” she said.
“[The matron] just rang me one day and asked me if I’d like to do my enrolled nurse training … and that’s how it all started.”
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