Been at it 22 years of a twenty eight year career. Would have been 28 of 28 except I got "Eaten" as a young Nurse several times while learning to play by female rules in a female world. Burnt several times, recovered and moved ahead in my career. when I am done I will have spent close to or over 40 years in the field which will equal approximately 2/3 of my life (God Willing) and I have no regrets, no excuses, and no retirement from Nursing, thank God I have a great wife who is very savvy to financial planning(She's an LPN) and we have small real estate holdings that when they are sold should help considerably
Advise? work harder and more efficiently than anyone else, not all the time, but a good part of the time
Get all those certifications I only have ACLS at present and it suffices in semi-rural areas, and metro areas because of the "Shortage"
My longevity is definitely a positive factor, but when will it become a negative
Age discrimination is something I know exists, not affecting me yet, again because of nursing shortage
Hope this in some small way helps you to be able to "see" what lies ahead