Mature Nurses over 50 - page 4

Hi, I'm taking a poll......who is still in Nursing and 50 or over and what field are you in!! Sue age 56 :chuckle... Read More

  1. by   Euskadi1946
    Quote from Su360
    Hi,

    I'm taking a poll......who is still in Nursing and 50 or over and what field are you in!!

    Sue age 56 :chuckle
    I'm 57, graduated from Nursing School 11 yrs ago. Have done Med/Surg, OB/GYN, and now I work as a Case Manager. Loved floor nursing but burned out on Med/Surg because of the staffing shortage. Loved OB/GYN but getting 3 c/s in a row plus 4 other just delivered pts plus doing mother baby completely overwhelmed me so I got out and now I have a desk job with the State of Utah working human being hours with w/e, holidays off. Took a big cut in pay, but the bigs bucks were not worth putting my license on the line every time I went to work.
  2. by   weetziebat
    I'm 58 and working in Developmental Disabilities nursing.
    Last edit by weetziebat on Jul 13, '04 : Reason: Somehow managed to post it twice :-(
  3. by   weetziebat
    I'm 58 and working in Developmental Disabilities nursing. Great job, and the best part is how all my nursing experience has finally paid off. I can get a phone call in the middle of the night, tell the staff what to do,then roll over and go right back to sleep. Years ago it would have kept me awake for the rest of the night, second guessing my decision. :chuckle
  4. by   Ari RN
    Hi Nurses 50 and over. I am 1/2 way to 50. Just wanted to say HI to all of you 50 and over. It's great that you all are still in this joint. I wish to follow in your steps.
    Take Care.....
  5. by   mead
    Quote from Su360
    Hi,

    I'm taking a poll......who is still in Nursing and 50 or over and what field are you in!!

    Sue age 56 :chuckle
  6. by   scooterRN52
    Quote from mead
    Hi Sue,

    I'm a little late getting back to you, but I am 54 and I work in a specialty
    hospital. It is all oncology, right now I am on a med-surg unit giving some
    chemotherapy and also taking care of some surgical cases, such as mastectomies, hysteretomies, and bowel resections, etc. I transferred to this unit last year, prior to that, I was on a head, neck and thorasic unit w/ telemetry and many post op patients. I work 7pm to 7am 3 days a week, we also have to put an 8 hr. shift in that 2 week period to make an 80hr. 2 week
    pay. Our nurse to patient ratio is low, 4-6 patients, thats not bad for night shift. The accuity level of these pt.s can be on the high side, we also have 2
    cna's on w/ us. The unit holds up to 16 patients.

    scooterRN52 :chuckle
  7. by   barefootlady
    Over 50 means you work smarter not harder.
  8. by   wiegel34
    Hi I just turned 61 last month and still work full time,40 hours a week. I had to give up the 12 hour shifts 10 years ago.
  9. by   Euskadi1946
    Quote from Su360
    Hi,

    I'm taking a poll......who is still in Nursing and 50 or over and what field are you in!!

    Sue age 56 :chuckle
    Age 57, utilization review and case management...LOVE IT!!!
  10. by   P_RN
    I'm sixty. While I still have an active license I've been medically retired since I was 55. I worked my tush off in ortho right up until I blew out my back.
  11. by   wiegel34
    I also blew my back working on a inpatient Rehab unit, now I can't lift, so the only place I can work is outpatient Chemotherapy unit. After surgery I tried to go back to Rehab, but blew another disk, another surgery, finally learned my lesson--no more
    lifting pateints. I have only 5 more months, then I retire, can't wait. Nursing is for young nurses.
  12. by   nurse wannabe
    Posting here because I value all of the experience on this page! I'm new to this forum, 42 and looking to switch to a nursing career. I want to do something productive and worthwhile, and I love people. Question: should I go for LPN first, get a job in the field, then continue for RN or just go for the ADN/RN from the start?
  13. by   scooterRN52
    hi Kat,
    The answer to your question, depends on you, but in this day and age, I would go directly for an ADN/RN or if you can a BSN/RN. I would not waste time on the LPN
    program, reason is: most hospitals only hire RN's, so you would be limited in finding positions, and would probably end up in a nursing home practicing long term care.
    With an ADN you could easily work as a staff nurse in the hospital on any unit, the BSN gives more options to you in the way of management, or working outside in pharmaceutical, or insurance companies, or a clinical manager in a hospital. What I recommend is that you say to yourself: Do I want to have these options as I get older, so I don;t have to work as hard physically? You can start with an ADN and always go back for your BSN if you want. Both ADN and BSN take same state board test and are issued the same license by the state. Whatever you decide, good luck to you, nursing is a profession where you will always get work and you won't get layed off. Don't forget they really need clinical nurses for the hospital and nursing homes.

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