Fayette County Public Health (FCPH) staff recently honored outgoing director of nursing Tonda Bradley, RN, with a retirement party.
Bradley is known among FCPH staff for her passion for nursing and also for her love of travel and adventure. The party featured a travel theme as the staff wished her the best of luck on her newest adventure.
As Bradley reflected on her nursing career, she shared that she always wanted to be a nurse and was in a “Future Nurses Club” in high school. She also worked as a nursing assistant on the weekends through nursing school.
Her first position was at a long-term care facility as a charge nurse, which lasted a year. She then went to work in OB at a hospital, which was her dream job, for 16-plus years. Tonda’s career at FCPH began in 2012 and she was promoted to director of nursing in 2016, leading the nursing team through several challenging years during the COVID pandemic.
Bradley has “loved every job I have worked. I have learned so much during my almost 10 years at the health department. I will miss everything about this position but especially the friendships I have made here.”
When asked about her plans for retirement, she said “I do not have plans. For the first time in my life, I am going to play it by ear for a while. That probably won’t last long because I am a planner!”
Her coworkers thanked her for the impact that she has made on her patients, clients, coworkers, and friends, and wished her the best of luck in retirement.