Since she was 4 years old, Myrtle Bush knew she wanted to be a nurse. “It was just something born in me,” says Bush, 88, who received a lifetime achievement award from the March of Dimes New York Chapter for 70 years of nursing service.
Yes, she has been working as a nurse for 70 years.
She attended St. Joseph’s College of Nursing and worked at a variety of hospitals, in a variety of specialties before joining Community-General Hospital 30 years ago. She has worked in pediatrics, the intensive care unit, the medical-surgical floors and orthopedics. “I think I like med-surg best,” Bush says, “because I like to see patients get better and be able to go home.”
Bush still works per diem in health education at Upstate. She has no plans to retire. “It never crosses my mind. My health is good, and as long as I’m able to, and they want me, I’ll keep working.”
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