30 years and counting for Strathfield nurse

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For Ann Edgington, there are few things more rewarding than serving those in need.

It’s a sentiment the 54-year-old has held longer than most, with 2015 being her 30th year at Strathfield Private Hospital in Sydney.

But Ann, a performance improvement and infection control coordinator, isn’t the only one celebrating a milestone anniversary.

Of the 334 staff employed at Strathfield, 106 have recently been recognised for 10 or more years of service.

Ann said the reason she and her colleagues remained at the hospital for so long was simple.

“Every day there is something new to learn,” she said. “I love the fact that you know everyone and everyone knows you. We are not just a team, we are a family that cares for each other as well as our patients.”

Ann became an employee at Strathfield in 1989 when her current place of work, Highbury Private Hospital, was taken over by Strathfield. The then 29-year-old commenced work as a nurse unit manager before taking on the role of quality improvement coordinator.

When required, Ann acts as the director of clinical services in addition to her current role.

In her three decades at Strathfield, Ann has experienced firsthand the “complex” ways in which Australia’s healthcare system has changed.

But despite the changing nature of the industry, she said the staff have not taken a backward step and they remain committed to providing the highest level of patient care.

“While new age medicine is the backbone of our hospital, its heart and soul are the staff,” Ann said.

“With the complexity of new hospital structures, fancier gadgets, and financial and political challenges, the heart of nursing at Strathfield has stayed the same. Whatever the tools and technologies, the job of our nurses will remain as caregivers and advocates for the sick and needy.”

While job hopping is prevalent nowadays, the staff at Strathfield Private Hospital have refused to conform to the popular trend. And there’s a good chance Ann – and others – will celebrate  milestone anniversaries at the hospital for years to come.

“Strathfield has a positive and friendly environment,” Ann said. “Attitudes of the staff reflect the very positive feedback from patients.”

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