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UPDATE: Oldest nurse in U.S. still going strong at Tacoma General
This week, Q13 visited MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital to highlight one of the nation's oldest working nurses, 88-year-old See See Rigney, RN.
Watch the Q13 TV video: "Trying to keep up with 88-year-old nurse on her rounds"
See See graduated in 1946 from the Tacoma General Hospital School of Nursing, and more than 67 years later, she's still going strong as a staff nurse in Surgical Services at Tacoma General.
These days, See See wears blue surgical scrubs instead of the historical white uniform, nurse's cap and cape, which she keeps at home in a cedar chest.
Born in 1925, she celebrated her 88th birthday on May 8.
See See was previously featured by KING 5 and The News Tribune:
KING 5 TV Video: "88-year-old nurse sets bar for dedication and perseverance"
The News Tribune: "Nurse 'SeeSee' Rigney has just about seen it all at Tacoma General"
Earlier this year, one of See See's co-workers read a story titled, "Meet the Nation's Oldest Working Nurse" about a 87-year-old woman in Tennessee. Turns out, See See is seven months older.
See See works two days a week. She doesn't directly work with patients during surgeries anymore, but rather sets up the operating rooms with supplies and equipment. When she used to wear a pedometer at work, she walked more than 7 miles a day. Co-workers say she's hard to keep up with.
“She can still run circles around people half her age,” Julie Christianson, RN, who has worked with See See since 1980, told The News Tribune. “She’s very inspirational for the rest of us because she’s still working and she’s still sharp.”
Over the years, See See has seen improvements in patient care thanks to advances in medicine and technology, such as the elimination of paper medical records at Tacoma General and the introduction of the robotic da Vinci Surgery System.
"Patients recover faster," See See said.
See See said she plans to work at least another year.
"It gives me hope for myself," Debora Hozeny, RN, charge nurse for surgical services, told KING 5 TV. "I want to be like her. I aspire to be like her. To have energy. That 'get up and go.' "
Posted on Jun 24, 2013 in MultiCare Profiles