After almost 30 years at Yass District Hospital, nurse practitioner Wendy Waters has decided it’s time for some self-care and is stepping into semi-retirement.
She and her husband are going to take a year or more out to travel around the world, making their first stop Canada, before returning to take on their next chapter.
Ms Waters started working at the hospital in 1980, then completing her postgraduate training, which included emergency, high dependency and critical care.
A vibrant, friendly and caring person, as described by colleagues and patients, Ms Waters soon became a clinical nurse specialist in the emergency department.
From clinical decision-making to diagnosis, suturing wounds and managing uncomplicated fractures, Wendy is in her element!Southern NSW Local Health District spokesperson
Ms Waters continued her studies and eventually became a qualified nurse practitioner.
One of the things colleagues admire the most about Ms Waters is her willingness to share knowledge and have acknowledged her role in achieving higher standards in nursing care at the hospital over the years.
Ms Waters was also a long-term board member of the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners.
In her day-to-day role, Ms Waters manages acute and sub-acute care and is involved in patient management, ongoing evaluation and post-hospital treatment.
Over the years, Ms Waters has also been behind a number of fundraisers for the hospital and local community. Only a month ago, she organised a sausage sizzle and dress-up for colleagues, raising $1000 for drought-affected farmers in the community.
“From clinical decision-making to diagnosis, suturing wounds and managing uncomplicated fractures, Wendy is in her element!” a Southern NSW Local Health District spokesperson said. “While her friendly and professional manner makes her a favourite amongst patients and families.”
Anytime a nurse needs assistance with a difficult situation or even just to place an IV, Wendy is there without complaint and with a willingness to helpColleague
Patients have described Ms Waters as: “The backbone of Yass emergency department;” “Very skilled and competent;” “A lifesaver;” and “The heart and soul of caring, regardless of who you are.”
In a similar breath, Ms Waters’ colleagues reflected on her great sense of humour and generous personality.
One said, “Wendy doesn’t just demonstrate compassion for patients and their families, but her colleagues as well.”
“Anytime a nurse needs assistance with a difficult situation or even just to place an IV, Wendy is there without complaint and with a willingness to help,” said another.
Wendy will be missed by the people of Yass and her colleagues.