When you’ve been working in once place for more than 30 years, you are bound to start seeing some familiar faces.
In Shore Memorial Hospital maternity nurse Sue Humphreys’ case, those faces are a little older this time around.
Humphreys, who first came to work at Shore Memorial in 1979, has been with the hospital so long that she is now caring for newborns whose parents she watched come into the world years ago.
One of Humphreys’ multi-generational experiences occurred when her co-worker, fellow maternity nurse Danielle Flukey, gave birth to her son, Arthur, in September of 2009.
A few weeks later, while paging through her husband John’s baby book, Flukey, a Marmora resident, noticed a familiar person holding her husband shortly after he was born back in 1981.
“The more we looked at it, the more we realized it was her (Humphreys),” Flukey says. “I brought the photo in for her to look at and, sure enough, I was right.”
Humphreys, an Egg Harbor Township resident who cares for newborns in Shore Memorial’s Intermediate Care Nursery, has a good sense of humor about the situation, having delivered several “second-generation” babies in recent years.
“I just hope I’m not still around when he (Arthur) has a baby,” Humphreys jokes.
There’s always a chance. Although she is heading into her 31st year with the hospital, Humphreys has no plans to give up the career she loves.
“I have always wanted to be in OB, it was my favorite rotation in nursing school,” Humphreys says. “(Working in the Intermediate Nursery), I like seeing babies who were sick go home. And then they come back a couple weeks later and you get to see how well they’ve gotten.”
Pictured above: Shore Memorial Hospital Intermediate Nursery Nurses Robyn Krewina (left) and Sue Humphreys (right) pose with newborn Arthur Flukey. Humphreys helped care for Flukey’s father, John, when he was born at Shore Memorial in 1981.