While this post may seem a little insensitive for some, others can totally relate. I shouldn't have to verbalize "age has nothing to do with the ability to do the job". But, as of recently the aging nursing population has refused to step down from the high paced work place environment when they clearly can see they're no longer fit to run with the 20-late 50's crowd. This is not to say some beyond their late 50s aren't able to hold their own, but I have a charge nurse who is well into her 70s who refuses to stand too long, assist patients with immobility issues, hell**excuse me** she refuses to work with patients with anything cardi related.
The question is: when will nurses accept like with any other field you have to know when your body has had enough of the? While we need nurses, of course, are we that desperate that we place the burden on others to ration with the census?
Feb 6, '12
by Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN Senior Moderator
"There but for the Grace of God Go I".
Someday you will be that nurse. Unable to retire because the profession you have devoted your life to repays you with no pension, no benefits, no nest egg. Forced into poverty on a system you have paid into your entire life that provides you with enough to either be hungry of have medical care and medicine and live below poverty level. Forced to try to rebuild that nest egg that took a life time to accumulate.......that you were forced by the government and you employer to put into the stock market to have it lost to the click of a mouse because of the greed and amoral behavior of a select wealthy few and corrupt government.
Maybe she is Stuck working because she has raised her children and paid for them to have a better life now to have nothing herself. Maybe she has outstanding medical bills from a spouse, is raising her grandchildren. What bothers you most? That they value her presence and you somehow feel they don't value yours? What makes it ok for you to feel she should go and you have the right to stay? It is not your place to say. I am sure administration knows of her capabilities and limitations and have accepted her on those terms.
I agree with Leslie......you agree to lay off us old bats and we will lay off talking about the lazy, self-indulged, selfish generation.
Last edit by Esme12 on Feb 6, '12