A nursing assistant who was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2016 will retire from the profession in 2019, according to a person familiar with the decision.
The nursing assistant, who was born in the Bronx, will retire at the end of her 40th year of service, the person said.
She is scheduled to give up her chair at a nursing school.
She began her career as a nursing assistant at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Brooklyn in the 1970s and has worked at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and the New England Clinical Research Center, according the person, who asked not to be identified because the decision was confidential.
A nursing assistant’s retirement is an honor and an opportunity for many, said the person who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
She said it was a significant decision that she has taken as an individual.
The nurse who became Time’s most influential person in 2016 was a first-generation immigrant who has worked as a nurse for decades.
She earned a bachelor’s degree from Queens College in the 1980s and a master’s in nursing in the 1990s.
The New York Times magazine said she earned her Ph.
D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
A spokeswoman for St. John’s University, the nursing school where the nurse was trained, did not immediately return a call for comment.
In an interview with The Associated Press in 2015, St. Johns’ chief executive, James Cappelli, said he was “very proud” of the nurse’s contributions and called her “a true icon” in her field.
A St. Thomas University spokesman said the university had no immediate comment.
A nurse’s retirement in New York state is unusual.
It typically happens in a small town, and in a city with a high concentration of nurses, such as the Bronx or Queens.