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From emergency care to travelling and gardening for retiring matron

30 Mar 2017 15:55:17
Shireen Say

A dedicated matron retiring from nursing after 35 years says it has been a ‘privilege’ to work at ‘the really friendly Trust.’

Shireen Say, of Kiveton Park Station in Rotherham, is retiring on Friday 31 March. The 55-year-old joined the Trust in 1982, aged 21 as a pupil nurse. In 1989 she completed her registered nurse training and has since held various positions throughout the Trust, including junior sister, ward manager and matron latterly in Emergency Care, where she has worked for three-and-a-half years.

Shireen has written a poignant thank you letter to her colleagues to thank them for their hard work and dedication.

She said: “I started my career at TRFT in May 1982 and have a lot to be thankful for. Being able to care for people at their most vulnerable time had been a real privilege – I don’t think that we always appreciate the impact we have on patients and their loved ones. Our actions and words can make such a difference.

“There have been many, many changes some have been great and others not so but these shape us and build our skills and knowledge. My experiences and challenges have been varied, having worked in most areas of medicine and emergency care over the years. Some I will remember fondly, some I will wish to forget and others will always make me laugh out loud!

“I’ll miss working with patients and my colleagues the most. There have been many inspirational people along my career who have marked my life in different ways both professionally and personally. I see people like this on a daily basis giving such care and dedication to make Rotherham a really friendly, compassionate place to be. Rotherham has always been such a friendly and welcoming place to work and I hope we never lose that.

“I’d like to thank everyone for their support. It has been an absolute pleasure to work alongside you all.”
Shireen also says she would recommend the nursing profession to any young people starting their careers.
“Nursing now opens so many doors and the opportunities are endless including caring for people in the community and helping people improve their general health and wellbeing. I think it’s an exciting time to be a nurse and I’d recommend working here to anyone,” she said.

Shireen is looking forward to celebrating her retirement at her daughter’s 21st birthday next week and is planning on enjoying her new greenhouse and holidays to Greece and Vienna.

Matron Jacky Fairfax said the team will miss Shireen.

“I have worked with Shireen for 15 years and I think she is a fantastic motivator and passionate about patient care. She’s very caring, approachable and has such a good camaraderie with people. She also has a great sense of humour! We will miss her very much and wish her a fabulous retirement,” she said.
 
 

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