Linda Herbert says it's the people she will remember and miss the most after 51 years at Middlemore.
“Nursing has changed a lot since I started, but the basics remain the same - people need to be seen, feel comfortable and be free of pain," says Linda.
Starting her journey in 1972 and living in the Esme Green building in the student nurse accommodation, she's seen the hospital undergo many changes.
One of Linda's favourite memories was her earlier years in preliminary training in the orthopaedic ward, where she helped treat a motorcycle accident patient.
“Then five years ago I saw a man in our Emergency Department staring intently at me.
"I thought he was going to complain, but he walked up to check that it was me, and I recognised it was the same patient I helped treat from the motorcycle accident.
"As nurses, we sometimes don’t realise the big influence we have over people's lives."
Clinical Charge Nurse, Jane Heasman has worked alongside Linda and describes her as an invaluable Occupational Health and Safety Team member.
"Linda has a wealth of nursing knowledge from her many years of experience but above all of that, she is kind and generous and will be greatly missed," says Jane.
Linda’s retirement plans include travelling, spending time with her grandchildren and learning new skills and hobbies. Linda hopes to learn how to paddle board and quilt.
We thank you Linda for your half-century of service and hope you enjoy your well-earned retirement!