Oldest Working Nurse in the World
Working as a nurse is a life changing experience. There are many nurses who love their careers and continue for years on end working in the medical field as a nurse. You might have met nurses who have been working for 15 years, 20 years and even 30 years, and you may be thinking to yourself, “Wow, they have been working for so long!” Before you think that 30 years is a long time as a working nurse, you might want to reconsider that thought. You clearly have not heard about Nellie Wade, the world’s oldest working nurse.
To many, Nellie Wade is known as the Treasure of Wewahitchka, Florida. This 90 years young hard working lady, just celebrated her 91st birthday last September 2014. To live for that long is already a remarkable accomplishment in anybody’s life, however, Ms. Nellie is also known for being the world’s oldest working nurse. She is a legend all on her own and everyone in her area adores and loves her. Her colleagues describe her as “being fast on her feet and it is hard to keep up with her even when she is 90 years young.”
In her early days, Nellie spent her nursing career in a military hospital in Japan and she served two years during World War II. “As soon as I got word that I passed my state boards I joined the army,” Nellie explains. She is known to being the oldest nurse because she has kept an active nursing license, 81 years. She is actually the oldest practicing nurse in Florida by around 9 years. Nellie explains that instead of returning to Pennsylvania after the war, her brother and her moved down to Florida and she fell in love with the people down there.
Nellie has impacted the life of the community tremendously. “Ms. Wade is the reason I stayed here,” as said by Dr. Barnes. For the last 15 years, she has been the person to deliver every baby in the northern portion of the county without a doctor. Now talk about being a super nurse! Many said that Nellie could outwork all of them in the area. Do you want to know her secret? These are the famous words of Nellie Wade herself, “Get up and go. You know, your head has a lot to do with it. You could get up and say I’m tired, I’m tired, but you don’t do that, you shouldn’t do that. The sun is shining out there, you want to be out in it!”