Testament to extensive nursing career

Mount Druitt Hospital’s former operations nurse manager Julie Yorke with former Westmead Hospital Day Only nurse manager Michael Parini. 

After spending more than 45 years caring for patients, carers and fellow staff, former Mount Druitt Hospital operations nurse manager Julie Yorke has called it a day.

Julie was instrumental in the development of the planning and execution of the expansion project at Mount Druitt from 2010 to 2018, and before that was the campus manager of Blacktown Hospital between 2001 – 2010.

The seasoned nurse managed more than 100 nursing staff while at Mount Druitt Hospital, making decisions about bed management and staffing, but said was now looking forward to having more time for her family of four children and nine grandchildren.

“Since retiring from nursing I can now go to bed when I want and get up when I want,” Julie said.

“I made many friends and colleagues at Mount Druitt Hospital and I wish everyone the best for the future as they are wonderful people.

“Mount Druitt Hospital is what it is because of the staff who work there.”

Mount Druitt Hospital acting deputy director of nursing David Lazaro said Julie was an integral part of the organisation and had contributed immensely to the growth of Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals.

“We have enjoyed her time as our inspirational leader at Mount Druitt,” David said.  

“We thank her for the positive impact and her leadership.”

Recently more than 50 staff from the wards and services gathered at the hospital to bid Julie a happy and prosperous retirement.