A nurse specialist at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust is to retire after working at the trust for almost 50 years.
Sue Coghlan started her pre-nurse training in 1961 at the age of 15, at the Staffordshire General Infirmary and she went on to gain her State Registered Nursing qualification in 1968 and has worked for the NHS in Stafford ever since.
The mother-of-two worked at the SGI until being transferred to the new Stafford General Hospital when it opened in 1983.
The smoking cessation snurspecialist started weekly stop smoking clinics at Stafford and Cannock Chase Hospitals in 1998 while also working in oncology clinics.
Sue, aged 67, said: “My father died from lung cancer when I was very young. My mother was a nurse and ever since I can remember it was all I wanted to be. I completed my training under the watchful eye of Matron De Prato, who was a very strict lady and an excellent matron. I have seen many changes over the years and have enjoyed my career immensely.”
Stafford-born Sue said her last day, on Thursday March 28, would be an emotional one: “This is the end of my nursing career, something I have done almost all of my life and I will miss it greatly. I will especially miss my fantastic friends, colleagues, consultants and patients with whom I have worked for so many years.”
Colin Ovington, director of nursing and midwifery at the Trust, said: “Nearly 50 years is an incredible amount of time to commit to a career in nursing and we salute Sue’s devotion to her patients.
“She will be missed by many and we wish her well in her retirement.”
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