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A woman considered the oldest working nurse in the United States has retired from a Tacoma hospital in Washington state at age 96, according to local news channel King TV.
Nicknamed “CC” Florence Rigney, she served as a nurse at Multicare Tacoma General Hospital for over 70 years. CC began her career as an operating room nurse when penicillin was new to the healthcare world.
Since then, the dedicated nurse has had very few “breaks” from her job, taking only one or two breaks to care for her children, and a failed attempt at retirement that lasted just six months over 30 years ago.
King TV quoted CC as saying she didn’t like sitting, saying, “I always have to do something. That’s my nature. I’m not exactly sure why I wanted to be a nurse, but it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. to do.” I love dealing with patients and helping them as much as possible.”
Florence is known among her peers for always willing to help, likes to stay active and regularly walk three miles or more.
The president of Multicare Tacoma Hospitals, Lauren Driscoll, says some of Florence’s colleagues “joke that they had to run to keep up with her,” and that she was a dedicated nurse and an inspiration to them and the community, by “thinking of the thousands of lives she has cared for”.
Regney said the biggest change she’s seen in all her years of healthcare experience is the amount of time patients spend in the hospital after surgery, which used to be 10 days or more, and now most patients go after just one. home for a few days.
Despite major advances in health care over the decades Rigney was employed, she says she can “keep up” by keeping an open mind.
And she confirms this through her advice to nurses and younger nurses, saying, “Never think you know everything,” and you should “always be open, you never stop learning,” according to Sky News Arabia.
The hospital, where CC retired, plans to honor her legacy and dedication to her work by establishing a scholarship in her name for nurses and staff interested in their studies, the local news outlet said.
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