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Nurse celebrates 45 years of service with Peninsula Health

Aida with some of the decorations she put up on Westernport Ward at Frankston Hospital. 

Coronary care nurse Aida Singer turns 75 in January, but she has no plans of retiring from the career she loves yet and has just clocked up a milestone 45 years of service with Peninsula Health.

“I love nursing and I love all the people,” says Aida, an Associate Nurse Unit Manager at Frankston Hospital.

Aida moved to Australia from the Philippines in the sixties, after studying her Bachelor of Nursing and Science. She comes from a family of health professionals.

“My father was a doctor and my sister, cousin and brother all work in health,” explains Aida.

“I was exposed to nursing growing up as my father was a practitioner at home in the country-side and people would come in with blood wounds. I wasn’t frightened of blood – we used to see a lot of it during emergencies.”

After working at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne and having two children, Aida started work for Peninsula Health at The Mt Eliza Centre, caring for geriatric patients.

“During that time you could take the patients out for a drive with you on the weekend!” Aida recalls.

Aida decided it was time for a change, so she moved to Frankston Hospital and begun her career in cardiac nursing. Aida studied midwifery in 1982 and worked briefly in that area before returning to her true passion where she has spent the rest of her career – cardiology nursing.  

“It was a Coronary Care Unit but it was on the balcony and had only two beds,” explains Aida.

“I have seen a lot of changes since then.”

Now the cardiology ward has 24 beds and an 8 bed Rapid Assessment Cardiac Unit.

Aida is also well known around Peninsula Health for her amazing Christmas decorations.

“Over all these years I have loved decorating and I always decorate the hospital. I came in on my days off to put up the decorations this year.”

“We have won first prize in the decorations competition quite a few times.”

Outside of work the Mt Eliza resident also loves gardening, going to the gym and cooking – “I always bring in a lot of food for everyone.”

Aida plans to eventually retire to Tasmania with her husband, but in the meantime she plans to continue caring for patients and teaching the next generation of cardiology nurses at Frankston Hospital.

Aida receiving her long service milestone award from Fiona Reed, Executive Director of Nursing. 

 

Congratulations to the 426 staff members who received an award for more than 10 years of service with Peninsula Health in 2018.

Together these 426 long serving staff members have contributed a total 220 years of service to Peninsula Health.