Are you too old, tired and unable to do your job? - page 2

Here's one for you - Yesterday I did a presentation with 6 other 20somethings on the differences between the 8hr and 12hr work day. Because the group was so disorganized, we had not met a final... Read More

  1. by   SouthernLPN2RN
    I worked with a 71 year old RN last night, and she had about 3 times my energy!
  2. by   ZZTopRN
    You know, I am older and more physically fit and healthy than some of my younger counterparts who have physical problems, diabetes, bad backs or other medical problems or obesity and cannot move quickly. However, I catch it as being my age because I want 8-hour shifts. My children are grown, I've done my 12-hour shifts and I feel like I've earned the right to still do what Iwant part-time, 8 hours and pursue a lot of my interests that I never had time for before because of the 12-hour and full time shifts. I want more time to enjoy my life. How much catching up essentials at home do you have to do after the 12-hour shifts?
  3. by   UM Review RN
    How old is "older"?
  4. by   berniemcr
    I am finishing nursing school in less than 2 weeks and am hoping to work the 12 hour shifts even though I am OLDER. I am 57 yo and for the past 3 1/2 years have been up at 6 AM every morning to go to my full time job--left there to go to school which has been 4 nights a weeks and I would get home b/t 9 and 11:30 PM. On Fridays, I would also be at my day job, but then go to a night job which I would leave at midnight (waitressing).

    I am divorced, a homeowners and mother of grown children. Doesn't matter if they are grown, they still want to talk to you and there are meals they love to be invited to and I love to cook. I have to cook for myself for the week, so the more the merrier. There are also 2 dsogs and 4 cats to walk and care for besides the housework that gets done.

    I think the 12 hour shift 3x/wk will be cake. Anyone who has been here agree?
  5. by   Tweety
    If anything I choose 3 12hr shifts because I'm too old and tired to work five days a week.

    We all run our butts off on my unit, youngers and oldsters alike. In my old age I'm doing very well with the physical demands of it.

    Many who choose to work 8 hour shfits are the youngsters with kids to pick up from school. We all have our reasons.

    I'm sure age might be a consideration for some people, but I wonder where they got this information. Is it documented or are they basing it on interviews, or just guessing?
  6. by   hbncns35
    Unfortunately,
    I go to school with some pretty self absorbed people who think they will be super nurses. I do not doubt that many of them will become good nurses but first they will have to resurrect a cooperative attitude instead of a know it all one. Listening is an Art and I do hope that they will acquire it over time. I am just so suprised at the attitudes among them at the presentation. They seemed so sure of their rigid outlooks. I guess when you are 20 its hard to see both sides. (For some) I wonder what will happen on the floor when they realize most nurses average age is 43?
    Cliques are dead.
    Heather
  7. by   GooeyRN
    I don't think age matters too much. We have a 60 something y/o nurse who can run circles around anyone for either length shift, and a 25 y/o who is pooped out after 4 hours. I think ones general health matters more.
  8. by   CseMgr1
    Quote from hbncns35
    Unfortunately,
    I go to school with some pretty self absorbed people who think they will be super nurses. I do not doubt that many of them will become good nurses but first they will have to resurrect a cooperative attitude instead of a know it all one. Listening is an Art and I do hope that they will acquire it over time. I am just so suprised at the attitudes among them at the presentation. They seemed so sure of their rigid outlooks. I guess when you are 20 its hard to see both sides. (For some) I wonder what will happen on the floor when they realize most nurses average age is 43?
    Cliques are dead.
    Heather
    It's called Reality Shock.
  9. by   Bipley
    Quote from fergus51
    Honestly, it is definitely the older nurses I work with complaining that we have to work 12 hours. I have never heard younger nurses say they want 8 hour shifts. I think this is mainly related to the fact that the younger nurses work nights more often than the older nurses. If you work nights, 8 hour shifts are killers. It's a lot easier to do 3 12s a week than 5 8s. For dayshifters, I can understand the appeal of 8s.
    Perfect post, Fergus.

    I used to do 7-12's and then 7-off. That was two years ago. Today my feet are killing me at the end of 8. But I'm thinking there is a medical reason for that. Oh, I am 43.
  10. by   Bipley
    Quote from southernlpn
    I worked with a 71 year old RN last night, and she had about 3 times my energy!
    I know someone like that. I don't know how old she is but I would guess she is in her late 60's. She works circles around everyone else. Plus, she's a joy to work with. And she is also quite beautiful.

    She's an amazing lady.

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