One of Bathurst Hospital’s longest-standing nurses is retiring at the end of the month after almost 30 years.
Registered Nurse Peni Cole has worked in the Intensive & Critical Care Unit (ICCU) at Bathurst Hospital since 1988 and has enjoyed a long career in nursing.
Peni moved to Australia from Indonesia in 1975, with her first job was as a nanny for a doctor in Brisbane. A year later Peni moved to Rockhampton and completed her Certificate in Enrolled Nursing, working with mentally and physically disabled patients.
In 1978 Peni moved to Tasmania and progressed to Registered Nurse training at Launceston General Hospital where she worked for six years. In 1984 she moved to Melbourne and worked at the Royal Melbourne Hospital where she did her Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Certificate.
In 1988 Peni married a Bathurst local and commenced working at Bathurst Base Hospital. She worked in the surgical ward for two years and was instrumental in setting up the first High Dependency Unit (HDU) in Bathurst.
Peni then moved to the new combined CCU, HDU and ICU Unit, being the only ICU trained Registered Nurse at that time. She was actively involved in the establishment of nurse-only retrievals for CCU patients from Rylstone and Oberon. Peni was instrumental in writing many ICU procedures and policies which have been used in other local hospitals, and she has relieved in the Nurse Unit Manager role many times.
Over the last 25 years Peni has been a very active member of the ICU team, and is well respected by her colleagues for her knowledge and skills, frequently giving lectures and organising education days for nurses and other medical staff.
General Manager of Bathurst Health Service Sue Patterson said Peni is a wonderful nurse who will be missed by her peers and patients at Bathurst Hospital.
“We thank Peni for her tireless contribution to the hospital over the past 27 years and wish her all the best in her retirement,” she said.