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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 30 2008
18 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, July 31, 2008 NEWS Intuition led to 40-year career ZILKA GROGAN Concord Hospital director of nursing Merrita Richardson. MERRITA Richardson almost didn't end up at Concord Hospital. The 58-year-old director of nursing, who retired from her position recently, orig- inally went for an interview at Royal North Shore Hos- pital. But when she decided something didn't feel quite right, a family friend recommended Concord. ''From the moment I walked in and the moment I sat down with the then- matron, I just knew the fit was right,'' she said. ''I have to admit, I didn't know I'd still be here 40 years later.'' Ms Richardson began training as a nurse at Con- cord Hospital in 1968. After working and study- ing in England, she re- turned to Australia and chose to come back to Con- cord. She became director of nursing four years ago. With significant changes taking place at the hospital, Ms Richardson believes the director of nursing should be able to commit to the role for the next five years. ''I don't know if I have the energy to do five years, you know? So this is a really good time for me to leave,'' she said. At a time when the health system in Australia is often unable to fill senior pos- itions, the hospital has struggled to cope with the loss of such a valued staff member. Ms Richardson acknowl- edges some changes need to be made, such as the stan- dardisation of university curriculums and more clini- cal placements for students, so the profession can adapt to future demands. ''Once you come out of university, you are a li- censed registered nurse,'' she said. ''I think an intern year would be terrific because that would take a lot of pressure off (younger nurses) and allow them time to grow and consolidate.'' Even with a fantastic six- month European holiday on the cards, Ms Richardson was visibly upset about leaving behind her staff at Concord. ''I have been very privi- leged to serve as their direc- tor of nursing,'' she said. ''They say that you can leave Concord but Concord never really leaves you and I think that's true.'' is opening its long awaited residential aged care accommodation.The new residential care accommodation is comprised of beautifully appointed single rooms with ensuite. Views to the mountains and beyond complement the spacious architecture and add a regal air to the fine dining and leisure areas. Vergola and outdoor entertainment area with natural gas BBQ surround the setting bringing the outdoors in and set the scene for lovely days with family in a truly luxurious environment. Interested clients should contact Connie Avouris on 9827 6666 for an appointment to discuss admission. 'The rooms set a new benchmark for residential care accommodation' 2062537i nst wk5 The Whiddon Group Easton Park; the Sydney landmark of The Frank Whiddon Masonic Homes of NSW Allen's the vision and hearing specialists are offering you a no obligation trial of the latest technology in PureTM. Siemens PureTM packs the most advanced hearing technology into an almost invisible, ultra small size. Compatible with the TekTM wireless enhancement system, that streams audio from MP3 players, mobile phones, TVs, and stereos directly. Open Day Monday 4th August, 2008. Call us now for an appointment, bookings essential. Consult your nearest Allen's Hearing Health Care Professional for clinical advice and always use as directed. OPEN DAY at Allen's Five Dock 98 Great North Rd FIVE DOCK Ph: 9713 4611
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