Being a nurse is simply ?the best
AFTER 24 years out of nursing, Lorraine McLennan saw an advertisement in the paper for a refresher course and jumped at the chance.
She's never looked back.
"It's the best thing I've ever done," the registered nurse said.
Now Lorraine works at the Grafton Base Hospital as a ward nurse.
"I've been here for seven months now; I started in August last year, I applied and talked to the hospital about it and was given permission to start the re-entry program," she said.
"It is so rewarding working with the people, but the biggest thing for me was getting up the courage to come back into the nursing profession ... but fortunately people don't change and I like working with people."
Lorraine is one of the millions of nurses around the world who will celebrate International Nurses Day tomorrow.
Lorraine completed her re-entry training alongside other nurses at the Grafton Base Hospital and said everyone was helpful and supportive.
She originally started her nursing career in 1975 at the same hospital, but left to take care of her ill parents.
In Grafton a dinner will be held to mark International Nurses Day. It is being put on by the hospital at Victoria's Restaurant.
In addition, the North Coast Area Health Service will host a seminar about the innovation in clinical procedures at the Silks and Saddles function centre at the Grafton racecourse.