Is there nursing after 50? - page 4

Does being 50+ mean I have to quit nursing and go into poverty for the rest of my life or am I supossed to kill myself?... Read More

  1. by   Malt123
    can't find the thread "Mature nurses over 50"
  2. by   Euskadi1946
    I got my ADN at 46 and worked as a floor nurse until my hip and my knee dictated otherwise and I'm now a desk jockey. For all of you nurses still out on the floor in your 40's and and 50+, I say more power to you all and God Bless. I loved floor nursing and miss my patients so much but there are other fields of nursing where you can also make a difference and my hip and my knee thank me immensey for choosing another field in nursing.
  3. by   Jonty45
    I hit 60 in 4 weeks time, been nursing since 1963, military, all sorts, mostly critical care and ED. I returned to nursing after Desert Storm, decided on one more adventure, so came to NC from the UK. I work in a 24 bed SICU( Neuro/Trauma/Surgery) in a Level 1 Trauma Center. The only difference between me and the youngsters is that they go to bed early. I work FT and I hope to take my CCRN test next month. Age is nothing to do with the years you live it's more a question of how you live your years!! My body ain't what it was but my brain is still keen and my thirst for knowledge has increased with each passing year.

    To anyone who feels daunted by the young fogies, don't be, a lot of them talk the talk, but when the going gets rough, they don't always walk the walk.
  4. by   SarasotaRN2b
    [font=Comic Sans MS]Now I would think that the place that you might be found would be on the 18th hole!!!

    [font=Comic Sans MS]Kris

    Quote from teeituptom
    I will never retire. I have figured it out that some day at work one of my coworkers will round a corner in the ER and just find me stretched out already dead.
  5. by   SarasotaRN2b
    [font=Comic Sans MS]I think that this is the exact reason "Is there nursing after 50?" why I am going into nursing instead of radiography. Nursing is so diverse and there are so many options, and bedside is not the only option. For a while I had considered radiography, but it is such a physical job and you are more limited than in nursing. If for some reason I injured myself as a rad tech, I could probably find myself totally disabled and not able to get back into the field. Plus with all the technological changes, if you are out for any significant period of time, it is like you have to go back to the beginning again. I feel that for nursing that if something happened, I can still work and use my nursing knowledge. JMHO.

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    [font=Comic Sans MS]Kris
  6. by   teeituptom
    Quote from mccnrs2b
    [font=Comic Sans MS]Now I would think that the place that you might be found would be on the 18th hole!!!

    [font=Comic Sans MS]Kris

    Thats my Idea of the perfect way to go, as I walk off the 18th
  7. by   SarasotaRN2b
    [font=Comic Sans MS]I thought you would like that :chuckle

    [font=Comic Sans MS]Kris

    Quote from teeituptom
    Thats my Idea of the perfect way to go, as I walk off the 18th
  8. by   stevierae
    Quote from Malt123
    \ like the agencies that advertise they have nurses making up to $100,000, yeah they have maybe one getting all the money.
    Those are strike companies--they provide scabs, oh, I mean, warm bodies, to striking hospitals. As long as you are breathing and have an active license they will take you. I hate to recommend to anyone that they do strike nursing, but the strike nurses I have seen were either very greedy or in dire straits--i.e., facing homelessness due ot huge gambling debts, etc. and had little other choice.
  9. by   Malt123
    well I don't have a gambling problem, drinking or drug problem, actually I am straight as they come. my weekends consist of having my 3 & 8 year old grandchildren over, pop popcorn and watch movies this week end it was Roger Rabbit (3) times hehehe.
  10. by   teeituptom
    Quote from stevierae
    Those are strike companies--they provide scabs, oh, I mean, warm bodies, to striking hospitals. As long as you are breathing and have an active license they will take you. I hate to recommend to anyone that they do strike nursing, but the strike nurses I have seen were either very greedy or in dire straits--i.e., facing homelessness due ot huge gambling debts, etc. and had little other choice.

    I dont drink

    I dont do drugs

    Im certainly not in dire financial need

    But it certainly pays my green fees at the links

    and maybe even a lap dance at the 19th hole
  11. by   mideb
    Quote from Malt123
    Does being 50+ mean I have to quit nursing and go into poverty for the rest of my life or am I supossed to kill myself?
    I understand exactly what you're saying. I'll be 51 this yr. & as I look back on my life, oh sure, I've been able to support my family, but what has happened to my life? I think we feel this more in nursing that most other careers because we've worked all shifts, numerous overtime hrs., weekends,
    holidays, & I've always wked in area where we have to take call. I'm very burnt out. When younger people ask me about a career in nursing I do all I can to steer them away from it. With the increase in RN shortage you'd think they could come up with better retention programs, but what's there to look forward to when after 25 yrs. you're still taking call, etc. I wk for excellent hospital & love the people I wk with, like the type of pt. care I do, but really wish I had picked a different pathway in my career.
  12. by   teeituptom
    I like what I do

    Iraised 7 kids as a RN

    Put my wife through school

    Fished and Hunted to my hearts desire

    Played and continue to play a lot of golf

    I live well

    I live large

    It was the only way to go and still is
  13. by   Malt123
    Quote from CeCiRN
    I got my ADN at 46 and worked as a floor nurse until my hip and my knee dictated otherwise and I'm now a desk jockey. For all of you nurses still out on the floor in your 40's and and 50+, I say more power to you all and God Bless. I loved floor nursing and miss my patients so much but there are other fields of nursing where you can also make a difference and my hip and my knee thank me immensey for choosing another field in nursing.
    glad you were able to find something else, I can't find another job

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