Sheffield community nurse Chris Jarman retires after half a century of caring
A community staff nurse who dedicated a remarkable 50 years to caring for people in Sheffield is retiring this week.
Chris Jarman started her career in 1971 as a pre-nursing student. She has worked at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals for half a century, with 45 of those years spent delivering nursing care within the community in the South and East of Sheffield.
Over the last 50 years Chris has witnessed many changes to the way nursing care is co-ordinated and delivered at home – from wearing a pillbox hat and a gabardine mac to receiving calls via a walkie talkie.
She has worked in in many teams from small community nursing based in GP practices to large integrated care and has always remained motivated and positive throughout, continuously developing professionally in order to have the skills to deliver increasingly complex care.
As well as working split shifts to cover evenings and visiting patients between 8am and 6pm, Chris has worked through some of the most adverse and extreme weather to hit Sheffield, from flooding to treacherous snow.
She has often had to walk miles on foot at times to ensure that the most vulnerable and isolated are seen.
Chris has remained at the front-line during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Her daughter Sheridan recalls how her mum would say, ‘Nursing isn't just a job, it's my identity and putting my uniform on is part of me'. So, the decision to retire has not been an easy one for her.
Chris's colleagues, the Lightwood East Community Nursing Team, said: “Chris has the ability to light up a room with her smile and sense of humour, but at times of increased pressure she is a calming, reassuring and supportive presence.
"She is known to the team as Mrs Gary Barlow due to a love of the one and only Gary Barlow and her retirement will leave a void, not only in the Lightwood East Team, but the wider service.
"Chris has touched the lives of many within Sheffield communities and many have undoubtedly left a mark on her too. So, we thank you Chris for years of dedication and commitment and wish you a healthy and happy retirement.”