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Passion for health care stays strong

25 Jan 2021

 

Among the loyal, dedicated professionals at Lithgow Hospital is Emergency Department Registered Nurse Heather Charlton.

Heather has been working in health for over 40 years, being one of many staff across the District who hit this milestone in 2020.

“I am motivated at work by the needs of people who are vulnerable, which is most of our patients. I try to treat everyone the same, and be the best nurse I can be for them,” says Heather.

“The best lesson I have learnt is that though we try our best, we are human and not God. We cannot always be perfect, though we aim to be. There are things that are beyond our control.”


“I am motivated at work by the needs of people who are vulnerable, which is most of our patients."


Heather says that some of her favourite experiences were during her training and taking the time to talk with patients and have fun with them.

“Being a nurse in Lithgow is particularly rewarding because being a smaller community we often know a lot of our patients and there is something special about being able to help others we know, as well as those we don't."

Congratulations to Heather and all of our longstanding staff members whose experience and compassion are central to the patient experience at NBMLHD.