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Retired nurse returns to work to help during COVID-19 pandemic

Posted at 7:39 AM, Dec 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-28 07:48:56-05

MARTINSVILLE — Kathy Thorpe never imagined she would come out of retirement and return to the front lines to help during a pandemic

“My license is considered retired and when they talked about bringing retired nurses back, I knew I could not work critical care because everything has changed, but I knew I could give vaccinations,” Kathy Thorpe said.

When the email hit her inbox, though, it was a no-brainer. Thorpe volunteers at a local hospital and helps with the initial screening process when patients come through the door.

“I have always tried to help out and do whatever I can, wherever I can," she said. "I have been a nurse for like 40 years and I have always helped out."

She said nursing isn't a job or career, but instead a calling. It is one she is always willing to answer, especially when it matters most.

“It has to be in your blood, or you wouldn't do it," Thorpe said. "It’s not a job it is just what you do."