Western Sydney’s first pediatric clinical nurse consultant retires after three decades of care – thepulse.org.au
The West Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) first consultant pediatric nurse consultant (WSLHD) based at Mount Druitt Hospital, Nicola McKay, is retiring after a 30-year career.
More than half of Nicola’s career has been spent providing care in West Sydney, having joined Westmead Hospital in 2001 as a CNC working in clinical trials in the Oncology Department.
She then joined the pediatric team at Mount Druitt Hospital in 2006 and when the COVID-19 pandemic began Nicola became the COVID Nursing Manager for Pediatrics at Mount Druitt Hospital.
“Being responsible for COVID pediatric nursing has been one of the many highlights of my career. I was able to help children and their families during this deadly pandemic and I hope this has helped pave the way for a more secure future, ”said Nicola.
“Last year we had no children in the room with COVID-19. This year, we treated eight children aged two months to 14 years. Fortunately, these children did not require oxygen support or a transfer to the intensive care unit.
The seasoned nurse began her career in the mid-1990s, working in the Surgery, Ear, Nose and Throat, Infectious Disease and Oncology departments of the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network.
In 2006, Nicola moved to the Children’s Department of Mount Druitt Hospital as the district’s first Pediatric NCC, where she remained until her retirement.
“My passion has always been working with children and caring for children with cancer,” said Nicola.
“Caring for children is rewarding, especially the partnership that is established between our department, the family and the child. The pediatric teams that I have worked with have been a wonderful group of inspiring people.
“I will miss the connectivity of the pediatric team at Mount Druitt Hospital with whom I have worked for over 15 years.
The married mother of two has a passion for governance and security and served as Chair of the Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospitals Policy and Procedures Committee for over 10 years.
“The role of president allowed me to understand the core business of our hospitals and not just pediatrics. I have met and worked with fantastic teams, ”she said.
Nicola bids farewell to western Sydney and packs her bags to move to Tasmania.
Ned Katrib, Executive Director of Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospitals, congratulated Nicola for her dedication and commitment to caring for our communities.
“Nicola has been an inspiration to many respected staff members who have provided care to our young patients,” said Ned.
“I thank Nicola for her dedication, commitment, sharing her knowledge and experience with her colleagues and improving clinical practice.
Nicola is leaving the Sydney West Local Health District today, Friday October 8th, and we wish her happy retirement. You will miss Mount Druitt Hospital Nicola!