NURSING VETERAN: Doreen Galvin retired after 50 years.
NURSING VETERAN: Doreen Galvin retired after 50 years. Contributed

Lifetime of care

DOREEN Galvin has hung up her cap and cape after 50 years of nursing.

Although not part of her uniform any more, Ms Galvin remembers the starched aprons, capes and veils.

"I started training as a nurse in January 1963 at Kyogle Hospital," she said.

"It was a four year course and once I was trained I went to Perth nursing with a friend."

From there Ms Galvin worked in Casino, Bonalbo, Longreach and back home.

She has the distinction of taking on the role as Kyogle's first community nurse in 1976.

"It was an honour to be appointed for that," she said.

"I was in the role for 14 years."

According to an article in the Northern Star of the time her role included "Provision of advisory services for mothers and children; provision of counselling services and provision of domiciliary nursing care as required", showing the broad skill set she possessed.

Colourful patients were also part of Ms Galvin's experience over her time.

"I looked after the well known anthropologist Caroline Tennant when she was living near Kyogle at Ettrick," she laughed.

"I would make visits out to her house as it was very hard to get her to come to the hospital."

Over her long career Ms Galvin said she is most proud of the patient care she provided.

"It's the friendships you make over the years too," she said.

Ms Galvin now has more time to travel, spend time with her three grandchildren and enjoypatchwork, quilting and scrap booking.



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