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Woman Reminisces About Her 80-Year Career As a Nurse


A 102-year-old Newington, Connecticut resident named Dorris Wood Farrer is one of the oldest surviving graduates of a now-defunct nursing school. What makes Dorris so special? After she graduated from nursing school she had a career as a nurse for 80 years!

Dorris shared her story with The Herald of New Britain and I couldn't help but be amazed with the length of her career. After finishing nursing school in 1927, Farrer took her state boards in 1928. At the time, nursing students were considered to be on probation for the first six months to a year, and were only allowed to wear their official nursing caps once they had passed the probation period. To hear what Dorris had to say about being a nurse, read more.

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"Being a nurse is more than a vocation. For me it's life. It's working with people and helping them. You don't know when your first breath comes, and you don't know when your last breath will come. You just have to take advantage of every day."

Can you imagine working in your current career (or any career) for 80 years?

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