Longest serving nurse retires after 44 year career

Registered Nurse, Maureen Campiutti finished up at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Toowoomba in mid-August, after 44 years.

Maureen decided early on she wanted to become a nurse, while her twin sister decided to pursue a career in teaching. Born in Toowoomba, Maureen completed her nursing training at the General Hospital before moving to Sydney in 1976 to study midwifery at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Upon completion of her studies, Maureen moved back to Toowoomba to undertake further training at Bailey Henderson Hospital in Psychiatric Nursing. Whilst completing this training, she was offered a job at St Vincent’s.

Maureen began working at St Vincent’s in May 1977, when she was 22 years old. She initially worked on the second floor Medical ward for two years, before taking over as the ward manager- a role she held for five years. Maureen has since worked in a variety of roles over the years, and has been the After Hours Nurse Manager in a permanent capacity since 1997. She also completed the first hospital accreditation.

In 1984, Maureen gave birth to twins at St Vincent’s. After a quick break from work, she resumed her nursing role after five and a half months, working two nights per week. A short time off work like this was unheard of at the time.

Maureen has seen a lot of change at the hospital during her time here. There was no Intensive Care unit or Emergency Department when she first started in 1977, however the Nun’s quarters still existed.

When asked about what she loved most about working at St Vincent’s, Maureen said it was definitely her fellow staff, and caring for the patients and their families.

“I have always been given great opportunities and support at St Vincent’s. I loved working with the Nurse Unit Managers over the years. The teamwork between staff is very important.”

Maureen plans to enjoy her retirement spending time with her family and grandchildren. She is also going to be busy in the garden, and hoping to start a book club with friends.

“I would like to do some volunteer work down the track as well- perhaps in a nursing home.”

Mission Executive, Dr Mark Copland, said there would not be many staff members who did not know Maureen.

“Her 44 years of loyal service have bridged our current hospital with our founding Sisters of Charity.  I have been privileged to witness Maureen’s commitment to patient care, especially ensuring that there is always somebody there to support patients and their families emotionally and spiritually when times are tough. We wish Maureen every blessing in her retirement and hope that she is proud of the crucial part of our 100 year old story that she has played.”

St Vincent’s Private Hospital Toowoomba wishes Maureen all the best with her retirement. We are so grateful to have had Maureen as part of the St Vincent’s family for so many years.

Maureen Campiutti with fellow After Hours Nurse Managers at St Vincent's Private Hospital Toowoomba


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