Fitting farewell for dedicated nurse

WHEN Jean Cox retired last week, she had clocked up 53 years in hospitals and nursing.

The registered nurse, who has been working at the Coffs Harbour Nursing Centre for 17 years, will turn 70 in January.

Her farewell party at the centre was held on September 19, the anniversary of the day she started working at the Centre, on September 19, 1991, and also the anniversary of the day she first started work as a domestic at Dorrigo Hospital on September 19, 1955.

Dorrigo born and bred, the young Jean Griffiths became an assistant nurse at Dorrigo Hospital in 1956.

She moved to Manly when she was just 19 with her first cousin Dawn Griffiths.

Jean said her father was horrified by her going so far away from the family dairy farm at Whisky Creek Road and by the way the girls arrived at their decision on where to train. Dawn held up a map and Jean shut her eyes and pointed.

Her finger landed on Manly and the pair decided to head for the 'lovely seaside place.'

She moved back to Coffs in 1985 to be closer to her parents, but far enough away to avoid Dorrigo's cold winters.

Jean said she thought she would have to retire at 65, but was happy to continue work when she found that retirement was not compulsory.



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