Meet Jessielyn and Jeanine, the mother-daughter nurses caring for Westmead Hospital’s patients

It only takes a few conversations with staff at Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) to hear of a family connection between colleagues.

From mother and daughter nurses to partners who first met during their busy shifts, tracing some of these connections through departments and across WSLHD facilities has unveiled a whole network of colleagues who work with family.

One such case is Jessielyn Diaz, Assistant Nurse Unit Manager at Westmead Hospital Hospital EPOC-Surgical Close Observation Unit, and her daughter Jeanine Diaz, an Emergency Department Navigator at Westmead Hospital.

Jessielyn’s story at Westmead Hospital began over two decades ago, and she remains just as passionate about caring for western Sydney patients as she did on her very first shift.

“I started working at Westmead Hospital in 2000, as an Undergraduate Nurse while pursuing my Bachelor of Nursing degree at Western Sydney University,” she told The Pulse.

Nursing, for Jessielyn, was more than a career; it was a calling shaped by a legacy of caregiving within her family.

Fast-forward to daughter Jeanine’s graduation, and the decision to follow her mother’s footsteps into nursing was the obvious choice.

“Because of my mum, I always wanted to pursue a career in the health field,” she said.

Witnessing her mother’s dedication and drive ignited Jeanine’s own passion for making a difference in the lives of others.

Despite their shared workplace, Jessielyn and Jeanine often tread different paths within the hospital’s corridors.

“Working in different departments allows us to strike a healthy work-life balance,” Jessielyn said.

The best thing about having family members work at the same place is that we can share and learn from each other.

From Jessielyn’s early days as a Registered Nurse to her current role as Assistant Nurse Unit Manager, Jeanine has been a witness to her mother’s career progression.

“It’s been rewarding to watch my mum grow throughout her leadership journey,” Jeanine said.