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Hornsby hospital’s longest serving nurse retires

Rosalyn Ferguson was born at Hornsby Hospital, had her three children there and has spent the past four decades as a nurse caring for the local community.

But now the hospital’s longest serving nurse is set to walk out the doors for the last time - retiring after 44 years.

As an eight-year-old, Ros decided she wanted to be a nurse after visiting Hornsby’s emergency department and being in awe of the sisters who took care of her.
By the time she was 17, she was living in the nurses’ quarters on the grounds of the hospital and learning on the job.

She developed a passion for working in critical care and has spent most of her career nursing in emergency or intensive care. Ros has been the nurse unit manager at the hospital’s emergency department since 2004. 

“I love critical care and looking after patients when they are their most vulnerable,” Ros said.

“It’s quite a privilege to be there for people and the community in the acute setting. The best thing about nursing is the friendships, and that every day you can make a difference.”

While the COVID-19 pandemic delayed her plans of retirement, Ros said she was proud to be able to care for patients and share her knowledge with other nurses through one of the most challenging events the health system has faced.

To the end, she has proven herself to be an energetic, supportive, capable and warm manager who has endeared herself to many emergency department staff over the past 18 years
NSLHD Director of Nursing and Midwifery Claire Harris

Hornsby Hospital’s Director of Nursing and Midwifery Drew Hilditch-Roberts said: “Without doubt Ros will be truly missed, not only is she one of the best, her warmth and friendship has made it a real pleasure to come to work each day. I want to congratulate her on her retirement and wish her all the happiness on future adventures.” 

Her tenure as a nurse at Hornsby is also one of the longest in the Northern Sydney Local Health District, with her retirement felt across the hospitals.

NSLHD Director of Nursing and Midwifery Claire Harris said: “There are very few nursing unit managers who have continued to lead and manage as well as Ros has. 

“Ros has a way about her, she innately possesses that incredible nursing skill of engendering trust immediately whether you are patient or staff. Ros will be deeply missed by not only Hornsby but across the local health district, where many of us have sought out her knowledge and skills. We have been so fortunate to have shared her career for this long, and we wish her the greatest happiness in retirement.”

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