Retired nurse continues to serve

2011-02-02 00:00

A RETIRED nursing manager at Edendale Hospital is finding it difficult to stop serving her community after 38 years of serving the Health Department at the hospital.

Jabu Shange (62) retired on Friday, but said she is retiring only from the hospital, not from her community.

Having learnt to care for others while she grew up, Shange said she fell in love with nursing and after finishing her high school in Sobantu, she was called to Edendale on probation.

“They took me on as a student nurse and in 1970 I obtained a general nursing qualification and went on to do midwifery in 1971. My star was shining bright as Edendale Hospital employed me full time as a nursing sister in 1972,” said Shange.

In 1978 she felt that her position was not enough for her so she did a diploma in operating theatre technique after which she worked and got promoted to becoming theatre matron for 12 years.

In between those years she did another diploma in paediatric nursing science and in 1997 she enrolled for studies in nursing administration at the University of Natal.

Shange says she never looked back and she knew immediately that health was her destiny.

She thought her career had peaked when she was promoted to assistant nursing director in 1999. “I was wrong because in the same year I got appointed as a nursing manager at Edendale, a position I held until my retirement,” she explained.

Although there were ups and downs, she said she felt good with the improvement in quality patient care at her hospital.

“I’m still going to work with the community on HIV and Aids and tuberculosis programmes. I’m retiring from the hospital but not from my community.

“To win the fight against TB and Aids, we need to embark on vigorous door-to-door campaigns and also rope in the youth to be part of these campaigns,” said Shange.

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