Retiring after 150 years of nursing

Irene Wilson, Jan Towning and Margaret Barrie remember when nursing looked very different, from the tightly starched dresses and caps they wore to the way they were trained.

Irene Wilson, Jan Towning, Director of Nursing Tracey Gabiola and Margaret Baine

Fifty years later, with a combined experience of almost 150 years, they’re hanging up their uniforms for good and enjoying a well-earned retirement.  They reminisce on the early days of completing their hospital training as young teenagers living in nursing housing adjacent to the ward.  Jan Towning, who completed her nursing training in a hospital…

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Marina is an experienced journalist who has reported from different countries around the world, with a particular interest in local features that impact a community. Making the move last year from Sydney, she has been with Burdekin Local News since its beginnings and enjoys covering health stories, ... more