Esperance nurses recognised

Eight active and retired nurses in Esperance were recognised for their decades of service to WA health.

The medal presentation was held at the Esperance Bird and Animal Park on Saturday, April 20.

Tracey Lang was awarded for 33 years of nursing in WA, after starting her training in 1986 at Kalgoorlie Hospital.

Leanne Barrett was awarded after starting her career in 1977 and having since dedicated 33 years of her life to nursing in WA.

Fay Rowe was awarded for 45 years after beginning her training in 1971 in Narrogin.

Beverley Simmons was awarded for 39 years of nursing in the state.

Suzanne Stevens began her career in 1965 in Adelaide and was awarded for 33 years of nursing service.

Mary Blenkiron trained in the United Kingdom and was presented a medal for 37 years of nursing in WA.

Kathryn Jacobs was awarded for 40 years of nursing, after starting her training in 1968 in Melbourne.

Doris King, who received a medal at Esperance Health Campus in 2017, was also acknowledged at the presentation.

Dr Graham Jacobs served as the presenter for the night.

Medals for Nurses is an initiative started by former nurse Paul Walling.

After 20 years as a nurse, an injury forced Mr Walling to transfer to the HR Department of WA Police.

After 10 years with the police, he received a long service medal.

Mr Walling found that police, St John Ambulance, corrective services and other emergency services personnel were awarded medals for long service, but nurses were not.

"Nurses deserve it just as much," he said.

Mr Walling has spent years lobbying federal and state politicians to guarantee recognition for nurses.

The organisation campaigns for nurses to receive medals after 10 years in WA and to be presented with bars, signifying additional five years.

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