Mature Nurses over 50 - page 6

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   Silverhawk
    Quote from jnette
    56 in July and still cute !!!

    New RN as of a year and a half ago.... Hemodilaysis for past seven years.
    Thinking about doing your line of work. Is it hig , med, or low on the stress level? How many patients on at a time? Any advice? I work in LTC now for the past year, my first year as a nurse.
  2. by   scooterRN52
    Quote from Silverhawk
    Thinking about doing your line of work. Is it hig , med, or low on the stress level? How many patients on at a time? Any advice? I work in LTC now for the past year, my first year as a nurse.

    The stress level depends on the accuity level of the patient and what their hospitalization involves, many variables involved. I work on a unit w/ post/op patients (cancer) that have surgery to remove the cancerous tumors, they sometimes need telemetry while they recover. Yes it can be very sressful at times, especially if the patient has complications after surgery such as: DVT,
    infection, blood loss, or a P.E. etc. I've been in oncology for about 9 years and plan to stay with it. Cancer patients are the nicest human beings, and they need caring nurses. If you love nursing, and don't mind taking care of really sick people who have to deal w/ the emotional aspect of their disease, I say go for it!!! Good Luck!!!!!
  3. by   airforce_nursing
    Quote from ethelbsnrn
    I am not yet 50, but I am just curious of how you are preparing for your retirement which will be in 15 years. What advices would you give to younger nurses?

    Ethel
    I would recommend joining the Air Force so you can RETIRE. I have nurses who join right out of college and will retire in their early 40's. Then if they want to they continue to work at civilian hospitals as well.

    I will retire when I'm 38 years old.
  4. by   DutchgirlRN
    I'll be 50 this year. I work in Acute care med-surg. Two of the nurses I work with are older than me. One is 59 and the other won't tell her age but I think she's around 55.
  5. by   HarryPotter
    Well, I have gone through this entire thread and have found no one my age, as in older than me. I probably shouldn't still be working, but I am and am now 62 1/2. I work in out-patient psych. which I love. I'd need roller-skates if I worked on a medical floor.
  6. by   UnewmeB4
    50 yrs young. Working Med/Surg/Ortho/tele, floating in two hospitals. Working 32 hours a week and babysitting a toddler and infant 30 hrs a week. As my mother say..."Use it or lose it!" We had a nurse from ICU who recently passed away on one of her nights off work. She was up in her 70's and a terrific nurse. Was a former Nursing instructor and a current member of the BON. I had a pt to transfer from a surgical floor and was on the phone at 0650 in the morning, and she was here to help transport the pt before I finished giving report! She was awesome.
  7. by   LadyKLibra
    Quote from suzy253
    Erm...do I count? 51 and almost finished w/freshman year of nursing school. loving every minute of it.
    Good for you !!! I was so glad to find this post. I'm not in a nursing program as of yet and will be 50 this October. I get so much flack from folks (mainly from family members) about my age and decision to go to nursing school. I definitely will keep striving and I appreciate this forum - lots of good stuff here. Where are you attending?
  8. by   suzy253
    Quote from LadyKLibra
    Good for you !!! I was so glad to find this post. I'm not in a nursing program as of yet and will be 50 this October. I get so much flack from folks (mainly from family members) about my age and decision to go to nursing school. I definitely will keep striving and I appreciate this forum - lots of good stuff here. Where are you attending?
    Hiya--stay strong and don't listen to any flack from anyone. This is the best thing I've ever done for myself and it will be for you as well. You've got maturity and life experiences on your side as well and you are also serious about striving to meet your goal. When I wrote that original post I was a freshman--I have now finished my 2nd (junior) year and am officially a senior--scheduled to graduate May 06. Keep in touch--let me know if there's anything I (or others on the board) can do to help you.
  9. by   dollydettol
    :hatparty:
    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
    :hatparty: hello i am in the uk 53yrs young going strong in anaesthetics/parr my husband is my boss he 52 in fact over 3/4 of our dept. is over 50!!
  10. by   Mysister
    I am 49, been taking prereqs for a year, just now ready to apply to a BSN program. I know I'm up to it mentally, but I do worry a little about the physical part. It's just taken me this long to know what I really want, and it really feels right, so I'm going for it.
  11. by   oncalllorraine
    yes,
    i am only 51 yrs old, and just changed work avenues from 25 yrs.in the er to being a hospice nurse, full time,on call--and loving the change! this is a definite change of pace-hard to slow down at first. wish i had done this sooner-rewarding work, and always learning. nursing does not prepare us well for end of life care/issues-alot of self-learning. i would eventually like to incorporate some travel nurse...same field, if anyone has experience here...lorraine
  12. by   healer_energy
    I'm 60 and I am in LTC. I only work 2 days a week, 12 hours. The rest of the time I do massage, energy healing and I am a poet. I am trying to break into the field of alternative healing in the hospitals. I am so thrilled to see all the 50 year old students. It really is a career that can carry you through, albeit a bit hard on the legs and feet. Maybe a career of 15 years wouldn't be so bad,though.
  13. by   Cheetah
    I am 54 (going on 18) and returning to nursing. Took my NCLEX yesterday. Hope to find a job in a ED. (former paramedic)

    Chet

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