As well as receiving presents, flowers and a cake, Marita was also shocked to discover that she had been sent letters of commendation from Buckingham Palace and the Prime Minister’s office.
Jacqui Van Rossum, NELFT Executive Director for Integrated Care (London), said: “Marita’s commitment to the NHS is outstanding. The party was a big surprise for her, but she deserves all the plaudits that she received - as she has had an amazing career. It filled me with pride to be able to congratulate her on this amazing landmark anniversary and was great to see how many of her friends, colleagues and family members turned up to applaud her.”
Marita is planning to retire, but still wants to play a role in the health service in some capacity. She has been a part of the District Nursing team in Waltham Forest since October 1973 and said: “What will I miss most? Not being in the role that I have had for 44 years. It’s hard to think that “tomorrow” I am not going to be dressed in blue. Not going to be referred to as Marita (Sister Jordan)… just Mum, or Nanny Marita – which is amazing in its own way - but has been part of my life for less time than the community I am serving.
“I am going to miss my colleagues and friends who have helped me so much over the years, standing by me through difficult and trying times professionally and personally. I will miss my teaching role, were I experienced my students progressing upwards to greater and better positions. I take great pride in this, especially as some of them have been my managers. Last but not least, I will very much miss my patients who I have nursed through generations.”
Pictured above are (L-R) Debbie Smith, Director of Nursing, Marita Jordan, District Nurse and Jacqui Van Rossum, Executive Director for Integrated Care (London).