Sue Trapani bids farewell after nearly 40 years

She was the first Clinical Nurse Consultant to work in the ear, nose and throat (ENT) department when she first began her career at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children almost 40 years ago. This week, our Network farewells Sue after decades of delivering exceptional care and service to our patients and their families, and with a plethora of experience to boot!

Over the years, Sue developed and built her role into one that that supports patients, families and staff in the care of children with complex airways.

“Within the ENT department, I would describe her as the essential glue that helped our ENT consultants and training registrars function as a team, supporting the unit triage with the countless referrals received over the years,” said Dr Alan Cheng.

Sue developed a tracheostomy care and emergency management program which has been taught at The Children's Hospital at Westmead as well as in rural hospitals. In this capacity, she’s taught countless nurses, doctors and paramedics in the emergency care of paediatric tracheostomy so that these patients can return safely to their communities.

Within the hospital context, Sue implemented a training program around tracheostomy care where she trained 36 nurses from two wards over two weeks. Sue presented the program and how it was implemented at ENT conferences both in NSW, interstate and internationally, and was awarded best paper at one of those conferences. Following this, she was sought out by peers for advice on how to implement a training program in their own hospitals.

“Sue has gone above and beyond in every capacity of a CNC. Not only does she provide ongoing support to nursing staff through education and supervision, but she ensures that her families feel safe, competent and comfortable to care for their children once they’re home. Her families will greatly miss her, as well as the nursing staff and ENT team,” said Wendy Stout, Clinical Nurse Educator in Surgical Ward.

Sue will be leaving the Network to move to Queensland to be closer to her grandkids.

“This was a hard decision to make as I love working with kids and have loved every moment of being a paediatric nurse. But, as we all know in working with families, family always comes first. I’m looking forward to spending some quality time with my grandsons and watching them grow,” said Sue.

Please join us in thanking Sue for her hard work and dedication over the past 40 years. We wish her the absolute best!