83yearold nurse has no plans to retire

first_imgMonica Bulman has been working for the NHS since 1952 when, aged 19, she first enrolled in nurse training at Eltham Hospital,Now 83, she still works 15 to 20 hours a week and, despite her advanced age, has no intention of stopping.Since 1998 she’s been working at Torbay Hospital, and she says that caring for others has kept her going “through some of the toughest times in life”. “I love my job, each and every part of it. Being a nurse brings me so much pleasure and keeps me on my toes,” she told the BBC.“I still have no plans to retire and I hope to keep going for as long as I am able.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Reflecting on the changes she’s seen through her 64-year nursing career, she told the Torquay Herald Express: “The uniforms have changed considerably although I have to admit I did prefer our old uniforms, they were much more glamorous. I bought a belt to wear with my uniform when I qualified — I still have and wear the very same belt to this day.””Nursing has changed a lot over the years especially the technology, which is wonderful – unless it breaks down!”Although we now have much more paperwork to compete, it is fantastic that we can now look up our patient’s x-rays and test results at the click of a button rather than having lengthy waits for the information.”center_img Outside of work, Monica goes to gym and spinning classes at Torbay Leisure Centre, and plays skittles at a local club.”I do like to keep fit and healthy,” she says, “but I also like to be ‘glam’  – I enjoy going to my local beauty salon as well doing all my hobbies. Most of all though I love spending time with my family and my grandchildren. This is what I enjoy the most.”Mairead McAlinden, chief executive of Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Monica really is an inspiration to us all.I am sure I speak for everyone at the Trust when I say we are incredibly grateful for Monica’s continued dedication.”last_img read more