Nurse marks 50 years

50 AND COUNTING — Mapatunage Siriwardena, MD, and Barbara "Bonnie" Evans, RN-U, pause in the Special Care Level II Nursery in The Birthplace at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare. Evans marks 50 years in the nursery at the end of next week. Dr. Siri, as he is called, will be retiring this year after more than 18 years as a neonatologist in the Special Care Level II Nursery. (Photo submitted) .

Barbara "Bonnie" Evans, RN-U, will celebrate her 50th year as a nurse in the Nursery at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare on Saturday, July 7.

Throughout her time at the hospital, more than 100,000 babies have been born. She has seen the Nursery go from using cloth diapers, making formula and sterilizing bottles to telemedicine and electronic medical records.

"Neonatal nursing is what I love and what drives me," said Evans. "I feel blessed to have been able to work in this field and in this community for so many years. The continuing changes in technology and processes offer the opportunity for me to continually learn new aspects of my job and constantly hone my skills. It is wonderful to be able to see the improvements in neonatal care over the years and to be a part of implementing the changes here at FSLH."