A girl mentioned to be the oldest working nurse within the nation has retired from a Tacoma, Washington, hospital on the age of 96, in line with NBC affiliate KING-TV.
Florence “SeeSee” Rigney served greater than 70 years as a nurse on the MultiCare Tacoma Common Hospital.
She started her profession as an working room nurse, simply getting began as penicillin was launched to the well being care world. Since then, she’s had only a few “breaks” from her work, solely taking a hiatus or two to look after her kids, and one not-so-successful try to retire, which lasted solely six months over 30 years in the past, in line with the native information station.
“I don’t like to take a seat round — I’ve all the time obtained to have one thing to do. That’s my nature,” Rigney informed the native affiliate. “I don’t know precisely what made me wish to turn out to be a nurse, nevertheless it was one thing that I all the time wished to do. I like to work together with sufferers and provides them the assistance that I can.”
She is acknowledged by her friends as somebody who all the time needs to leap in and assist. Keen to stay energetic, she walks 3 miles or extra regularly.
“A few of her colleagues joked that they needed to dash to maintain up along with her,” Laureen Driscoll, president of MultiCare Tacoma Common and Allenmore hospitals, informed KING-TV. “She’s continued to be a devoted nurse and an unbelievable useful resource to her colleagues and group. It’s humbling to cease and take into consideration the 1000’s and 1000’s of lives she’s cared for.”
In all of her years, Rigney mentioned, the most important change she’s seen in well being care is within the period of time sufferers spend on the hospital after having surgical procedure, in line with the native affiliate. Whereas previously sufferers may need stayed 10 days or extra, now most sufferers go house after only a few days.
Nonetheless, because the years have introduced loads of change, it appears she has been capable of “sustain” by sustaining an open thoughts.
“Don’t ever suppose that you recognize all of it,” Rigney mentioned whereas providing phrases of recommendation to youthful nurses. “I form of did that once I was within the working room, and you need to all the time be open. You by no means cease studying.”
The hospital Rigney is retiring from plans to honor her legacy and dedication to her work by making a scholarship in her identify for MultiCare Tacoma Common nurses and staff who’re keen on pursuing nursing for continued studying and improvement, in line with the native information station. The scholarship will formally be named the SeeSee Rigney Nursing Endowed Scholarship Fund.