Jan Aust holds her Australia Day Medallion proudly, after being rewarded for her services to Queensland Health.
Jan Aust holds her Australia Day Medallion proudly, after being rewarded for her services to Queensland Health. Chris Ison

Award a nice nod to nurse

IT WAS a nice touch to finish up a wonderful career of 45 years nursing for Jan Aust.

The registered nurse, originally from Tambo, started her nursing course in Rockhampton in 1963 at the age of 18.

She was rewarded for all her hard work over the years on Friday with an Australia Day award from Queensland Health.

Jan said it was a great morning surrounded by colleagues and family.

"It put a nice finish on a wonderful career. It was pretty special to me, as I've never received anything like this before," the 67-year-old said yesterday.

Jan's career was more of a highlight reel, from working overseas in Papua New Guinea and Germany as a nurse to working in many departments throughout the Rockhampton Hospital.

She said she had enjoyed all aspects of the job.

"I have been working with the podiatry team for the past six years at the high risk foot clinic, and I really enjoy the wound care management side of it," Jan said.

"I've also worked in the rehab centre and the intellectually handicapped centre as well, so I've been nursing for a long time."

Jan, who also became a midwife during her career, said she got a lot out of helping people over the years.

"It was a friend that partly made me take up nursing, but I've really enjoyed all the things I've been able to do," she said.

Jan said she would retire from nursing in May.



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