Dozens of well-wishers distributed hugs and kind words April 6 as Carole Mullins, RN, wrapped up 50 years of nursing service at Tucson (Ariz.) Medical Center.
Pal Evans, RN, formerly the chief medical officer at TMC, was in attendance, as was Sandi Triplett, the manager of patient care services and the woman who nominated Mullins for recognition as a “Fab 50” nurse in 2008.
“Besides being extraordinarily competent and knowledgeable as a nurse, shes also just a wonderful person,” Triplett said. “If you have a need, it just seems she is always available. She likes to take care of people.”Carole Mullins, RN
Mullins has been at TMC so long shes one of only two employees remaining with a single-digit employee number, according to a news release. Mullins traces her roots in nursing back to watching her aunt care for her ailing grandparents as she was growing up. “Nursing is all I ever wanted to do,” she said. “To this day, I like helping people and taking care of people.”
She began her career in pediatrics and later spent more than 30 years working with orthopedic patients. Despite all the changes through the decades, she said, quality of care has remained a standard, with an excellent nursing staff, helpful pharmacy staff and patient-oriented technicians.
Mullins, who was surrounded at the celebration by her four grown children and five of her grandchildren, was presented with a service pin designating her 50 years of service. Her unit also gave her a Southwest Airlines gift card, which she said she plans to put to good use.