27 December 2022

Wendy Skidmore has spent more than three decades providing care and support to her community

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Wendy Skidmore

Temora Hospital Facility Manager Wendy Skidmore has been working at the hospital for 36 years. Photo: Murrumbidgee Local Health District.

Born and bred in Temora, Wendy Skidmore has dedicated more than three decades of her professional career to caring for the people in her community.

On 10 February 1986, Wendy started her career at Temora Hospital as an enrolled nurse and then went on to complete her registered nurse training.

Her 36-year journey at Temora Hospital also includes working as a deputy nurse manager before taking on the role of a facility manager.

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Despite the opportunities to further her career in health in metropolitan hospitals, Wendy stayed with the Murrumbidgee Local Health District for a broad spectrum of work.

“You don’t know what’s going to come through the doors,” Wendy said. “It’s always exciting.”

“You not only get to work on your ward and care for your general, surgical and palliative care patients, but you also get the opportunity to come down to the emergency department and see a range of patients from newborns to aged care.”

The full-time working mother of six provides an exceptional level of patient care and trains up-and-coming nurses, while contributing to Temora Hospital’s strong sense of community.

She provides support to more than 50 staff, supports the admin staff with roster vacancies and financial responsibilities and manages radiology services.

“I love being responsible and accountable for making sure that someone is getting the best care and knowing that you have a hand in them getting well is probably my driving force for that.”

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Wendy says everyone at Temora Hospital is like a family.

“The older staff particularly, they have known me since I gave birth to my children and now know my grandchildren.”

She added it would have been difficult to study, raise a large family and further her career if it had not been in a regional township like Temora with a strong local community and support.

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