Plunket Karitane Nurse retires after 40 years

Sue WoodrowOtago and Christchurch families hold a special place in Sue Woodrow’s heart. Sue retires this week after 40 years as a Plunket Karitane Nurse to spend time with her grandchildren and pursue one of her passions – singing.

“Sue is amazing and has worked tirelessly to support tamariki and families, as well as her colleagues. I know she will be missed by everyone at Plunket and in her community,” said Linda Hill, Southern Regional Operations Manager.

Sue started her career with Plunket in 1972 when she began training at the Christchurch Karitane Hospital. After graduating, she was employed as a Karitane Nurse with Plunket in Christchurch, Mid Canterbury and also Southland until 1979.

After her first child was born Sue took a break, returning to Plunket after the birth of her second child, taking up a role in Balclutha.

“Sue has always ensured that families are at the centre of her work, providing support, advice and education to help parents on their journey,” said Anne Feld, Plunket Clinical Services Manager.

“I have always enjoyed working alongside families and still do,” said Sue, who hasn’t ruled out supporting Plunket in the future as a volunteer.

She said that it was time to start ticking off a few things on her bucket list, including training to be a celebrant. Her husband Barry is due to retire in April next year, so they have many adventures planned.

Brigid Jenkinson, Plunket Clinical Leader in Otago said: “Sue is such an absolute wealth of knowledge and is always willing to share. She lights up when her grandchildren are mentioned so the team wish her so very well as she becomes more available to love and nurture all of them.”

Sue’s final day was on Wednesday 28 August, a day that also holds significance for Sue as she and Barry celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary.

“I would like to thank all of my colleagues for their camaraderie, fun and support. It has been a pleasure working with them and being able to support so many families.”

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