A senior nurse at Tameside Hospital will mark 45 years in the profession on 16 September.
Sue Wilson began working at Tameside Hospital as a nursing cadet aged just 15. She is now 59 and still works there.
After qualifying, Ms Wilson specialised in surgical nursing. She was a ward sister for 15 years, nursing manager for 17 years before being promoted to her current position as lead nurse within the outpatients department.
She said: “I’d always wanted to be a nurse. When I was a little girl I was walking past Clatterbridge Hospital on the Wirral and a nurse waved at me and I said ‘I’m going to be one of you one day’.
“I still love what I do and if I had my time again I’d still do it.”
Ms Wilson said one of her main ambitions had been to improve quality and dignity in care throughout the hospital, and thanked the trust and colleagues for their support.
“If you have a nurse that is nice and pleasant then that’s half the battle. You aim to give your best,” she said.
Although Ms Wilson has no immediate plans to retire, she is hoping to reduce her hours in order to dedicate more time to charity work.
She added: “I like the speed of things – there are always new challenges, innovations and techniques.
“You have got to move with the times in the NHS, you can’t plod on and stay still. You have to keep up with the new technology and challenges that the trust has tried to promote.”