Dedicated nurse assists in deliveries for more than forty years

By Lane Luckie - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - One nurse at Memorial Health System in Lufkin thinks she has the greatest job in the world. She's a full time mom, both at home and at work.

Nurse Shirley Dixon has walked the halls of Memorial for forty years, keeping watch over little bundles of joy. Friday, it was hard to find anyone who hasn't entered the world on Shirley's watch.

Erin Thiebert was surprised to meet Dixon. "When she came in, she asked me if I was born in this hospital.  I said yes. My baby was born here too. She said I think that I was your nurse when you were born," said Thiebert.

Dixon has a way of becoming a member of each new family by adding a little motherly advice. She breaks the ice by telling them, "To feed the end the cries, diaper the other end, and love the whole thing."

It is a family affair for the Hokes. Dixon was there for the birth of both Stephanie and Darron and their newest addition, Casen. His father, Darron Hoke said, "With 40 years of experience (Shirley), I mean you can't get any better than that. I know our baby was in good hands." Dixon responded, "I feel blessed to be able to have taken care of the mother and the father and now their baby. You know, how many people can say that?"

Dixon said she shares a special bond with each family. That bond comes from a nurse with a big heart. "I feel guilty sometimes taking my paycheck, because I really enjoy my job. I love it."

Her job is one that she takes home with her. Dixon said her three kids see the real benefits.

When asked about her motivation, she said, "I'd just like to thank the little people, literally."

Dixon said she plans to continue working for five or six more years, but isn't holding herself to that number.