Donna Short Retires After 54 Years of Nursing

In March of 1969 Donna Short of Rich Hill graduated from Mercy School of Nursing in Fort Scott Kansas with her RN degree and on January 19th, 2023, almost 54 years later, she finally retired.

After nursing graduation, Donna worked at Bates County Memorial Hospital for about a year until her husband was transferred overseas.  Then she worked for 18 months in the Panama Canal Zone. After returning stateside Donna moved back to Fort Scott and she once again worked at Bates County Memorial Hospital.  The family then relocated to Houston Texas and she worked at a Houston suburb hospital.   In 1977, Donna and her family returned to Rich Hill and since then, she has built quite the resume’ caring for the local community.  She worked at Dr. Long’s office in Butler for 10 years, Willow Lane Nursing Home in Butler as the Director of Nursing for 5 years, Bates County Memorial Hospital for 17 years where she wore many hats, Cass Regional Medical Center for 10 years, Nevada Regional Medical Center for 1 year, Nevada Nursing and Rehab for 4 years, and most recently she finished out her career at Medicalodges in Butler after 4 years. 

During her years of nursing, Donna has had many co-workers and patients that have become good friends and there are many that remember her fondly to this day. 

Donna still resides in Rich Hill with her husband John, and they have 4 daughters, 6 grandkids with two on the way, and 2 great-grandkids. 

Being a full-time RN, wife, and mom doesn’t leave much time for hobbies but hers include reading, crafting, and cooking. 

When asked what she planned to do with her time now that she has finally retired, Donna said, ”grandkids, grandkids, grandkids.”

We would like to congratulate Donna on an outstanding career and wish her the best during her retirement.