Vale Sharryn Byers
In late 2019, neuroscience surgical nursing lost a valued leader and great friend in Sharryn Byers.
Sharryn developed a great passion for neuroscience surgical nursing, learning and teaching. Through Sharryn’s investigative mind and determination to provide best practice, she developed a love of research and presented many times at the Australasian Neuroscience Nurses Association (ANNA) conferences, presenting prize papers on more than one occasion. Sharryn held many executive posts with both ANNA and the Neurosurgical Network at ACI and was the chairperson for the Neurosurgical Nurses Professional Development Scholarship Committee (NNPDSC) until her untimely passing.
In the weeks prior to Sharryn’s passing, she was able to stay at home with the help of family, friends and colleagues and she was very grateful for all the care and love she was shown. Sharryn’s battle with cancer was a long and brave journey. Sharryn fought on her own terms and always told us that she would know when it was time to leave. She died on 19 November 2019 in her much-loved Nepean Hospital where she was employed as the CNC for Neurosurgery for the past 10 years surrounded by her family and with the full knowledge that she had achieved all she could and had lived an amazing life.
Sharryn was a passionate neuroscience nurse to the very end and will be greatly missed by the NNPDSC and the ACI team.
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