Since more From seven decades, Florence SeeSee Rigney, a nurse in Washington, cares for patients and assists physicians. Last week, at age 96, she officially hung up her gowns and retired. Rigney, a beloved member of MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital, served as the operating room nurse where she was responsible. setting up operating theaters according to surgeons' specifications and preparing patients for surgery, according to the hospital press release announcing retirement . She also served as a relief nurse when needed. Rigney, pictured here while a student at Tacoma General School of Nursing. Even in its 90s, SeeSee was neverthe kind to slow down, Laureen Driscoll, president of MultiCare Tacoma General and Allenmore Hospitals, said in a statement. Some of her colleagues joked that they had to sprint to keep up with her. Rigney in nursing began when penicillin was just introduced to the medical field, according to the press release. She graduated from the Tacoma General School of Nursing in Washington. She has worked in the United States, Texas and in Wyoming, before returning to Tacoma. She continued to be post graduate nurse and an incredible resource to her colleagues and the community, said Driscoll. It 's humbling to stop and think about the thousands and thousands of lives she has taken care of. Find out more Rigney, pictured here after receiving an award. This isn't the first time Rigney has surrendered her retirement papers. At 65, she briefly retired from nursing for six months. But she could not stay away from her passion to help others and returned to Tacoma General, where she is finallyI haven't spent working part-time, according to the hospital. I don 't like to sit still - I always have to have something to do. It ' s my nature, Rigney told reporters. Release. I'm not sure what made me want to become a nurse, but it's something I've always wanted to do. I love interacting with and helping patients as I can. While his last day in hospital was July 16, his legacy will continue to inspire generations to come. MultiCare Health System announced the creation of the SeeSee Rigney Nursing Endowed Scholarship Fund.