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February 2019

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Frankston Hospital nurse Aida Singer.

Nurse celebrates 45 years of service

Peninsula Health coronary care nurse Aida Singer turned 75 in January but has no plans to retire.

And she has just clocked up a milestone 45 years of service.

‘I love nursing and I love all the people,’ said Mrs Singer, an associate nurse unit manager at Frankston Hospital.

Mrs Singer moved to Australia from the Philippines in the 1960s, after completing her bachelor of nursing and science degree.

She comes from a family of health professionals.

‘My father was a doctor and my sister, cousin and brother all work in health.

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

She decided it was time for a change, so she moved to Frankston Hospital and began her career in cardiac nursing.

She 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,’ Mrs Singer said.

‘I have seen a lot of changes since then.’

Now the cardiology ward has 24 beds and an eight-bed rapid assessment cardiac unit.

Outside of work, the Mt Eliza resident loves gardening, going to the gym and cooking.

‘I always bring in a lot of food for everyone.’

Mrs Singer 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.