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US nurse Florence Rigney marks 90th birthday at work

Florence 'SeeSee' Rigney works two days a week at a hospital in Washington state Image copyright YouTube
Image caption Florence 'SeeSee' Rigney works two days a week at a hospital in Washington state

Nurse Florence "SeeSee" Rigney has celebrated her 90th birthday while still employed at a US hospital.

Ms Rigney started working at Tacoma General Hospital in Washington state in 1946. It was her lifelong dream since she was a girl, local media reported.

A video from the hospital shows Ms Rigney crying as she receives gifts from co-workers.

She works two days a week at Tacoma General, though in a lesser capacity than she used to.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee, had a special message for Ms Rigney, read out to her by a colleague in the video uploaded to YouTube by a fellow nurse.

"Our nation's oldest working registered nurse... still runs circles around colleagues half her age after six decades of service," Mr Inslee said.

"She has built a tremendous legacy of service over the years and her continued engagement in nursing is a testament to her unceasing energy and compassion for those in need."

Ms Rigney thanked her co-workers and said she was grateful to be 90 years old and still working at the hospital.

"I know I'm a pain in the you-know-what," she said. "Thank you all."

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