Am I Too "old" To Return To Hospital Nursing??help! - page 2
:confused: I'VE BEEN A NURSE FOR 34 YEARS, WORKED IN CCU FOR 15 YEARS, HAD CHILDREN, RETURNED TO GET A BSN, NOW A STAFF DEVELOPER IN LTC WITH GERI-CERTIFICATION. LOVE TO TEACH, BUT I'M REALLY WANTING... Read More
Aug 28, '02jnette you can nurse in a wheelchair. Be in home health office, case manager or teach...........
Aug 29, '02Absolutely ! And if it ever came to that, you BETCHA I would ! As for right now, I'm still doing cartwheels on the front lawn with my grown kids and doing my famous "frog-dive" off the highdive at the local pool, much to their embarrassment. Hee, hee... But this girl is not one to sit home in a rocking chair. Let me share a quote here from the attachment I'm about to fix to this for all you out there who wonder if you still have it..."you don't quit playing 'cuz you get old; you get old 'cuz you quit playing." That came from a little old lady in her 80's who went to college to get her degree (which she did) and then gave the commencement speech (attached). Read every word,and read it with your soul, not your eyes. This will even tug on the heartstrings of you spring chicks out there... it's a "must-read" ! Let's all appreciate each other and realize that we can all learn from one another regardless of age. Age is just a number; pay no attention to it !
Aug 29, '02Hey ! Where did my attachment go ? I must not have done it right. :imbar Ok, ok; so I'm not as adept at computers as you "young'uns" are.... but guess what? I WILL be !!!
I'll try again... ok... I get it.. it's an invalid type of attachment so it won't upload to this site. That's really too bad. BUT ! If anyone's interested (and you all really SHOULD be !) I'll be happy to forward it to you, so just let me know, ok? You won't regret it and that's a PROMISE !
Aug 29, '02GO FOR IT LIZ!!!!
I'm anxiously anticipating the arrival of a gal who is returning after 16 year's away from Nursing, to mentor for 3-4 months. I'm tickled pink to have this opportunity. I know from her comments that she's VERY nervous about her decision, but I intend to do everything in my power to give her the best experience and help her renew her confidence in herself.
I myself, went back to school to pursue a career in Nursing at the age of 30 (OK not OLD but... not a fresh outta high schooler either). I'm so glad I did this for myself... and you will be happy you've done it too.
Best of luck and feel free to PM me as a personal cheerleader!!!!
Aug 31, '02YOUR SUPPORT HAS GIVEN ME THE CONFIDENCE TO PERSUE MY RETURN TO HOSPITAL NURSING. DUE TO THE CRITICAL SHORTAGE I'VE FOUND THAT MOST MANAGERS ARE WILLING TO BE FLEXIBLE ENOUGH TO ALLOW FOR TIME AND REFRESHERS. THANKS AGAIN!
Aug 31, '02Go for it !!! Liz, with the nurses shortage as it is, the hospitals will hire anybody who is 98.6 !!
Don't under estimate yourself....
You've got lotsa skills.
As one poster said, if the newbies can do it,,,, heck ,,,, look how far ahead you are !!
Why not keep us posted and let us hear it from your perspective?
Aug 31, '02Come on back! I've never left I'm 66 & just celebrated 45 years in nursing. I manage an ED & I love every minute of every day (well maybe not every minute) but can't think of anything I'd rather do. Got my BSN at 57 & am working on a Masters.
Nursing has provided me with a wonderful lifestyle & the flexibility to do all the things I have ever wanted to do. Presently, that's leading & nurturing the newer generation of our profession, helping them realize that the most important person to the patient is the bedside nurse & fighting to get them what they need to do the job. My experience & maturity comes in handy on a daily basis. The younger staff members are great to me,including me in their get togethers & they're a lot more protective of me than I am of myself.
So come on back you're needed!
Aug 31, '02hello and welcome. i have worked with nurses who are in their 60s and 70s. you are not too old. all the best to you.
Aug 31, '02Whenever you think you're too old, read this amazing story. I suggest that you go for what you want to do. Age really IS a state of mind: don't let your state of mind get in the way of doing what you want to do ...
Jim Huffman, RN
Aug 31, '02Yaaaaayyy !!! Couldn't have been stated any better, Golfing RN !
Good for you ! And I agree about the younger up- and- coming nursing generation. They're GREAT, and we can all learn new stuff from one another, and not just about nursing, either! Let's all lift up one another and support each other, and celebrate life itself and who we are !