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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,


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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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meumitsuki meumitsuki 9 years
Just think of all the advances in medicine she saw and all the people she was able to help.
tee0206 tee0206 9 years
Wow, good for her!
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 9 years
I wish I could! But I'd have to work until age 110 or so to do my career for 80 years so I probably won't get the chance.
stephley stephley 9 years
I can't see what I'm doing (legal) for 80 years - unless I could find a way to support us doing legal work for environmental or human rights groups - maybe that comes when my daughter is older. 80 years of nursing though means she saw her field go through huge changes - most of that had to be gratifying.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 9 years
Wow. She is the definition of dedication.
Bksuga Bksuga 9 years
Wow thats dedication!!! she should recieve a award of from the guiness world record people. I wonder who has stayed in the same postion for the longest in the world?!
melanie-RN melanie-RN 9 years
Wow. She is everything I am not
SDTransplant SDTransplant 9 years
Nursing truly must have been her calling if she was able to stick with it for 80 years! I admire anyone who has that kind of tenacity and love for their profession because I don't have it at the moment...
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