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Nurse Has Been Giving Her Best For 48 Years

October 1, 2014

When Sue Flood was five years old, she told her dying grandmother that someday she was going to be a nurse. Sixty-five years later, Flood is a nurse at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, and is still working full time after 48 years.

My grandmother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and I did what I could - combed her hair, gave her ice chips,” Flood says. “After I told her I would be a nurse, she said: ‘I know you will do your best.’ Those words come back every time I walk into a patient’s room, and I think, ‘remember to do your best’.”

Flood graduated from Alton Memorial Nursing School in 1965. She joined Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital eight years ago.

Flood has experienced firsthand the care at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital when she was hospitalized after suffering pericarditis, an infection in the heart lining, in 2009. “I never was treated so wonderful,” she says.

Other than being a nurse, Flood has worked in interior design, loves playing gospel music on the piano and baking.

She has no plans to retire.

“I don’t really like to travel, I just love taking care of people,” she says.“That’s my story. I tell everyone - patients, people in the community - that this is the best hospital in the world. I truly believe it, or I wouldn’t say it.”

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