America's oldest nurse celebrated her 90th birthday last week with a surprise party during her shift at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital in Washington state.
Florence "SeeSee" Rigney began her nursing career 69 years ago at Tacoma General. "She always knew she wanted to be a nurse," says Sheri Morris, an assistant nurse manager at the hospital, adding, "Over the past almost-century, she ended up in a few different places in the U.S., and at times drifted away from Tacoma General Hospital to spend time with her husband or kids for a year or two, but she always came back here."
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Today, Rigney works two days each week.
To celebrate the occasion, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) wrote a special message: "Our nation's oldest working registered nurse... still runs circles around colleagues half her age after six decades of service."
Inslee added, "She has built a tremendous legacy of service over the years and her continued engagement in nursing is a testament to her unceasing energy and compassion for those in need" (BBC News, 5/12; Hooper, UPI, 5/12; Lowin, "Today," NBC News, 5/11).
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