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Monongahela Nurse Celebrates 50 Years

Monongahela Nurse Celebrates 50 Years photo

Susan Manges, RN, (seated) who celebrated 50 years of nursing at Monongahela Valley Hospital is shown with her co-workers. They are (from left) Michelle Hudock, RN; Senior Vice President of Nursing Mary Lou Murt; Erin Donovan, RN; 7-E Nurse Manager Jamie Fedorchak, RN; and Jourdan Aaron, RN.
(June 30, 2015 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

Nurse "caps" are not very common these days, but one nurse who just celebrated 50 years of service at Monongahela Valley Hospital still wears hers every day for a reason close to her heart.

Inpatient Oncology Unit Nurse Susan Manges, known lovingly by patients as "the nurse with a cap," came in during an afternoon off to celebrate 50 years of nursing this week with her co-workers and supervisors.

As one of six children and the first of her siblings to attend college, Mrs. Manges' father saw her receive her nurse's cap after six months of nursing school. He died suddenly at age 48 the same night she completed one year of school. Mrs. Manges said she's worn the cap every day just for him.

"If I had to do all over again, I would 1,000 times do exactly what I did," said Mrs. Manges, who has worked the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift since 1978, when Monongahela Valley Hospital opened its doors.

Before nursing school, she was a hospital "tray girl" and began working at the former Memorial Hospital of Monongahela in 1965, two days after graduating from nursing school.

A co-worker shared that one of Mrs. Manges' patients asked secretly if she'd be retiring after he'd heard that she was celebrating 50 years, and then said, "Don't do it, we can't lose you."

"I started working steady midnight shift and she's the person I look up to, she has a real passion for nursing and I'd like to be just like that," said Erin Donovan, RN, who has worked at MVH for a year and a half. "She's in it because she loves what she does."

On July 8, Mrs. Manges will celebrate 50 years of marriage to her husband Darwin. They live in Monongahela and have four grown children, Darwin Jr., Valerie, Steven and John, and five grandchildren.

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