Wanda Douma retiring from 34-year nursing career at WDMH

WINCHESTER — June 14th, 1986, was a great day for Wanda Douma.

It was her wedding day and the day she found out she had a new job at Winchester District Memorial Hospital. “My Dad [Henry Zandbergen] took the call because I was getting my hair done,” laughs Douma. “He told them, ‘Sure she’ll take the job, but she needs a week off first’!”

Thirty-four years later, Douma has retired from WDMH and says she is looking forward to taking it easy, travelling and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Douma says she has seen big changes during her three decades of caring. “When I first started, you might light a patient’s cigarette. Your nurse’s cap always pulled your hair out and you were evaluated on how well your uniform was pressed. Today, the patients are more acute and there is much more technology to care for them.”

Another big part of her job has been helping to train the next generation of caregivers. “We have amazing teaching programs with young students who are exceptional. In fact, a lot of students request WDMH because of its reputation.”

Douma says her biggest enjoyment at WDMH has been working with her fellow colleagues. “I loved them!” she says. Of course, she might be biased about one. Her daughter Kaitlyn now works at WDMH, and they had the pleasure of working together for a short time. The caring continues!

WDMH says it expresses best wishes to the outgoing retiree.

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