Jo (or 'JKB' as she was often known) started her paediatric nursing career
at RAHC (Camperdown) in 1984. Following Julie McNall, she became Nursing
Unit Manager of NETS (RAHC) in 1994 and further established the nursing
team. The transport teams from Randwick and Camperdown were amalgamated in
1995 and re-located to Westmead with Jo appointed Nurse Manager of the
newly combined state-wide service.
She was a founding member and served as President of the Association of
Neonatal Nurses and also as national secretary. Her passion was always for
nursing as a profession and the development of advanced nursing practice.
She went on to become Manager of the Perinatal Services Network until 2006
when she moved to Newcastle to join the NICU at the JHCH. She worked in
many roles there including clinical nurse educator and audit officer;
becoming a friend to all.
Jo had a lasting impact on all she met with her enthusiasm and passion for
care of the neonate. We hope this seminar will become an annual event to
honour Jo's memory; her passion for nursing and nurses, and to provide
funding for nursing scholarship at NETS.