Nurse retires after 38 years

Nora McCarthy
Nora McCarthy

After 38 years of caring for thousands of patients a district nurse has retired from her job.

Nora McCarthy, 64, has retired after almost four decades of working in health care.

The senior district nursing sister spent all of her 38-year career working at Rectory Road Health Clinic in Rushden.

During that time she has cared for different generations of families and seen a number of changes in her profession.

She said: “The biggest change has been in administration; going from paper record keeping to computers has made a big difference.

“I have seen generations of families over the years. It has been a very positive journey for me. I always wanted to work in health care.”

A leaving party was held in her honour at the clinic last Thursday, during which her colleagues presented Mrs McCarthy with gifts, including a garden seat. The seat featured a specially engraved plaque with the message: ‘Nora with love from the A-Team’.

Mrs McCarthy said: “I was quite touched and emotional.

“I work with a very highly skilled team of district nurses covering the Rushden and East Northamptonshire areas. During the last couple of years we have been concentrating on long-term conditions.”

She is now looking forward to taking life a little slower than she could before.

She added: “I just plan to take it easy and stop watching the clock.”

Mrs McCarthy’s manager Maggie Earl, team facilitator for district nursing in East Northamptonshire, said she would be missed by her colleagues and her patients.

She said: “Nora has always cared 100 per cent and more for her patients. She has always gone that extra mile for them. She will be sadly missed, not only by the staff for her quality leadership skills, but also from the patients’ point of view.”