Nurse Wraps Up 50 Years of Service

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Dozens of well-wishers distributed hugs and kind words as Carole Mullins wrapped up 50 years of nursing service at Tucson Medical Center.

 Mullins fondly recalls the days when Don Shropshire, decked out in his signature bow tie as then head of the hospital, would make the rounds to visit staff working on Christmas Eve, calling each of them by name as he greeted them. The President Emeritus didn’t fail to come say goodbye, either, as Mullins begins a new phase in her life.

Pal Evans, formerly the chief medical officer at TMC, also 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, she’s also just a wonderful person,” Triplett said, noting Mullins cares for neighbors who are elderly or shut in, taking them to appointments or helping them with groceries. “If you have a need, it just seems she is always available. She likes to take care of people.”

Mullins, who was surrounded in 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 quipped she plans to put to good use.

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