25 September 2023

Sheffield Nurse celebrates half a century in Nursing

District Nurse at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is celebrating 50 years of nursing this September.

Chris Hardy, 70, began her career in 1973 when she qualified as a registered nurse at the Royal Infirmary. Initially working as a staff nurse on the neurosurgical wards, Chris soon became the youngest Sister at the infirmary at that time, before moving to the newly opened Royal Hallamshire Hospital in 1979. 

Wanting a change in career, Chris moved into community nursing and completed her District nurse diploma. She then became a G grade sister in North Sheffield, working with several GP practices for many years and also becoming a nurse prescriber.

With the development of Primary Care Trusts, Chris was elected as a nurse member for the North Sheffield PCT and during her time on the board, became manager of North Sheffield community nursing service.

In 2003 Chris decided to return to District nursing as she missed the patient contact and is still working within the same team 20 years later.

Chris said: “I feel very proud of this achieving 50 years as a qualified nurse, and still really enjoy nursing with a passion. I have seen many changes in my career, one of the biggest impacts in community nursing has been changes within social care, which has had a massive impact on providing joined up care for our increasingly elderly population.”

“My advice to anyone coming into nursing, would be go ahead and do it. In the last two years my granddaughter and daughter in law have both qualified as nurses, hopefully with support from myself. I have thoroughly enjoyed my 50 years of nursing, feeling fulfilled in my career and still want to carry on at 70 years of age.”

Sue Gavelle, Integrated Care Team Nurse Lead at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “During her 50 years in nursing Chris has possibly seen the wheel reinvented 6 times, and has touched or supported most of the people who have worked in the community. Chris’s wisdom, experience and knowledge speaks for itself, she continues to make a difference to her patients and offers that extra bit of ‘care’ we all strive for. STH is very lucky to have her as a role model and mentor for the next generation.”

Professor Chris Morley, Chief Nurse at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust added: “A huge congratulations to Chris on the remarkable achievement of 50 years in nursing. On behalf of the Trust I would like to thank her for dedicating her working life to caring for others and her loyal service to Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.”

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