Stunned Sue Moore was lost for words after hearing she was in the running for honours.
Her 42 years service to the NHS has not gone unnoticed as she has been nominated for a Hartlepool Best of Health award.
Our mother is our friend, our inspiration, she has always been and will continue to be our family rock. We are very proud of her and her achievementsLorna Nugent
The 60-year-old was shocked to hear she had been nominated a long term achievement title and modestly played down her role. She said: “I feel it is not about me. It is a whole team.
“Everyone does a good job and it is not about single people. It is about a lot of people doing their best.”
But Sue’s role within the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has made a difference and her nomination read: “She has dedicated her working life to the NHS, starting in 1972 aged 17 as student trainee nurse.”
In 1975 she qualified as an Enrolled Nurse at St Hilda’s Hospital, Hartlepool, until it was closed. She then moved to the Accident and Emergency Department at the new Hartlepool Hospital.
While studying for her State Registered Nurse qualification in July 1978 she had her first child, returning to work after eight weeks maternity leave.
Her daughter Lorna Nugent, who followed Sue into health care and nominated her mum for honours, said: “Our mother is our friend, our inspiration, she has always been and will continue to be our family rock. We are very proud of her and her achievements.”
Her career progressed to the role of Booked Admissions and Orthopaedics where she became a modern matron, working between the University Hospital of Hartlepool and the University Hospital of North Tees. She is now is Out of Hours Service Manager.
Sue joins a strong list of nominated contenders for this year’s awards - backed by North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, the Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group, the Cleveland Fire Support Network and Seneca Homes.
The winners will be announced at a grand finals night, to be held at the Hardwick Hall Hotel on Thursday, June 18.