Former nurse gives back to the hospital she loved

Elizabeth Anne Kearins (known as Nan) left home in the Central Western NSW town of Tomingly in 1936 at the age of 18 to train as a nurse under Sr Loyola rsc at St Vincent’s Hospital Training School in Darlinghurst. Nan’s incredible service to healthcare continued over the next 70 years, as a nurse, nurse educator and volunteer.

Nan was a great supporter of nurse education at St Vincent’s Private Hospital throughout her life and recently remembered St Vincent’s Private Hospital in her Will. To honour her outstanding service and generosity, St Vincent’s Private is establishing a range of programs to train and empower nurses now and for generations to come. These will include the implementation of a new Nurse Call System with improved technology for clinical communications, provision for new nursing roles including a dedicated Prostate Cancer Nurse to support patients through their journey and the establishment of a new Nan Kearins Nurse Education Facility to assist ongoing Private Hospital nurse training.

Nan was a great supporter of nurse education throughout her life

In addition, thanks to her gift, an endowed fund named in her honour will be established to fund nursing scholarships providing annual grants in perpetuity to support Private Hospital nurses with their professional development.

Nan’s name will live on through her powerful act of including St Vincent’s Private Hospital in her Will. If you would like to support a particular area or service at St Vincent’s or to support the hospitals generally for any area of need, you can provide a gift through a bequest in your Will. For more information, please call the Foundation on 1800 800 595 and ask for Loretta Jagucanskas or Linda Newton, or email

Even the smallest gift can make a positive difference to patients and their families after your lifetime.

Read online – Autumn Highlights 2021