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Susan woman inspires family of nurses

Catherine Wolf works in a nursing specialty, pursuing a career in cardiology and cardiovascular sciences.

Catherine Jenkins of Susan retired from her nursing career in 2004. But she left a legacy of caring for others in her family to follow.

Jenkins graduated from Norfolk General Hospital in 1965 with 32 other students. During her career she worked in a medical surgical unit, on an intravenous therapy team, and in the women’s center for high-risk obstetrics labor and delivery at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

“Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to be a nurse,” said Jenkins. “I always wanted to help people feel better.”

Her husband, Tom Jenkins, went into the Air Force in 1963. He went to medical school in Mississippi and worked as a medevac at Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina. After he was discharged, Jenkins went to work on the railroad. Worried about getting laid off, Jenkins worked his job on the railroad and also attended nursing school at Tidewater Community Coll...

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