After almost two years of retirement, Virginia Bradshaw is back in the saddle.
In December 2007, Mrs. Bradshaw retired as the director of the McDuffie County Health Department, where she worked for more than 23 years.
Last month, she became the part-time director of the Warren County Health Department, filling in for Carol Usry, who is unable to work her full duties because of a health condition. Mrs. Bradshaw commutes from her home in Thomson each week to work Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in Warrenton.
"They just needed somebody that didn't have to be trained, so that's why they called me," she said in a telephone interview. "And I'm just loving it. It's ideal to work three days a week, because then you've got four days to do what you want to do. It's really been kind of fun."
Since her retirement, Mrs. Bradshaw said she has been "doing some things here and there, just enough to keep me in the loop," working a few days in other counties training new nurses, and such.
When she wasn't working, Mrs. Bradshaw and her husband, Edwin, spent most of their time at their mountain home. In fact, Mrs. Bradshaw said they would have still been in the mountains and missed the phone call for her to work in Warrenton, except Mr. Bradshaw began experiencing problems with his rotator cuff and they had to come home for him to attend physical therapy.
"So that was the major reason we were home," she said. "Because we couldn't exactly drive from the mountains three days a week for therapy. So, it was perfect timing for me to start working."
Mrs. Bradshaw estimates she'll be working in Warrenton for at least six months. She works with a clerk and a licensed practical nurse at the health department.
"Becky and Angela and I are holding down the fort and they're such good help," she said.
In addition to their regular duties of seeing patients, the three are preparing for a flu drill coming up later this month and a flu-shot program in the schools.
The Warren Health Department is part of the East Central Georgia Health District.