How many years into mursing do you think is appropriate to get into agency, or contract, or travelyou know...any of these where you can get rewarded monetarily to make a good living. As for me, I'm a 2-year old nurse. I tried travelling on one job-that didn't last for reasons beyong this. The second one is a current contract job (tele floor) which I make a pretty decent living, buthey're not renewing my contract because they say I need to get more knowledge of cardiac meds and read tele strips better. I can truly say that I have done just as good as any of the other nurses there. Put it this way, I'm safe and I do the job. I'm also 55 and I need insurance- good insurance. After 50...it's a high meintenance program! The prior agency I worked for before, the insurance was very poor. If I purchase my own insurance now, at my age it's at least $900 a month. I think under a permanent position, even though i have to stick to a schedule, at my age it's worth it because I can get excellent insurance. I'll be honest with you, I went into nursing late in life. My first two years has been a run of bad experiences. I'm really getting depressed over this and I think I've developed some GI problems. Guess what, I don't have insurance to see a doctor and get some diagnostic testing done! Really sad. My last string is to possibly give up hospital work and go into home health care. It's my understanding that after you are out of the acute care settting after a few years, it's very difficult to get back in. Especially if I try to go back in at let's say age 60. It doesn't even sound good! I'm ready to throw in the towel on nursing. Except now I have a gazillion dollars in nursing loans and after having invested 6 years of my life into such an intense industry, I don't know where to go from here. I would sure appreciate your feedback. If anyone out there knows anyone who has gone through this, what did they do to make a decent living at a late age. I mean let's face it. i'm going to probably work until age 70. Do I really want to spend the next few years of quality of life (God willing) with the constant stress that I am currently having. I say no. But what to do?
I can sure use some advise from this great allnurses community!