Feeling somewhat stuck. I'm almost 45 and have been a nurse for 19 years. I've experienced a lot in my career and am very glad I had those opportunities to learn and grow. For the last few years my ability to handle the stress of dealing with difficult situations, long shifts, bad scheduling, heavy physical activity and night shift have taken a toll. I have learned that nurses like me...older ADN's...aren't really desirable. I have pretty much been told if I can't handle the work then I should find other employment. I have never had a bad evaluation and am a preceptor to new nurses along with charge nurse. I think it's pretty sad that I have invested so much in my career and when the time has come for me to slow down management would rather I leave my job than help me. I have seen a couple of nurses pressured into leaving. I am looking elsewhere so I can get back some quality of life but wondered if there are any other nurses experiencing this.