Across the US, many former nurses have put their retirement plans on hold and answered the call of public service. Judy Schneider of Raleigh, N.C., is one of them; she retired two years ago, planning to travel the world. Now she is back in her scrubs administering the vaccine. “It’s a historic moment. It’s public service. It’s a skill I can share,” said Schneider. In Maryland, the TidalHealth Peninsula Regional hospital sent out word to retired nurses that they needed help and within days “six nurses who had worked a combined 241 years immediately stepped forward to volunteer their time…multiple days of the week,” Maryland Matters reported. Janice McNeilly, another retired nurse who stepped up to assist with vaccinations, said, “I think volunteering and helping your community is very important, especially now that I’m retired.”

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