Mature Nurses over 50 - page 8

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   scooterRN52
    Quote from carlyerrn
    I'm 52 and work in the emergency department..I've been a nurse for 32 years and have just about had enough of it all.

    I am now 56 years old and have been nsg since 1989. I am on a stepdown unit in a specialty hospital, so I'm not only taking care of cancer surgical
    patients, they also have a million other problems too. I have recently started supervising in the hospital on PRN nights 11-7a and it is not bad. It breaks up the monotony.ScooterRN52
  2. by   HarryPotter
    Hi Sue:

    I am still here in Psychiatric Nursing at 64!!!
  3. by   scooterRN52
    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
    Hi Sue.

    I am 57 and work on a very busy unit, it is surgical oncology step down. It is kind of like critical care and our nurse patient ratio is low, usually I nurse to 2-3 patients. It does get tiring, but I still work fulltime, 4 10hr.
    shifts a week.
  4. by   wiegel34
    I will be 64 this year, I "retired" 2 years ago, but still work per-deim, I am busier now than when I was working. I enjoy the option of saying no when I don't feel like working. I work in out-pateint departments where there is less chance of having to lift patients. I also get called in about once of twice a week to put in PICC lines which I really enjoy. Maybe in a couple of years I will "retire" again. But being a nurse is more that a job it is a calling. I am just not ready to give up caring for patients yet.
  5. by   walk6miles
    I will be 59 in December; have no plans to retire unless my body gives out! I love my job (right now in Chest Pain Center). I have worked nights 98% of my career and would not dream of changing.

  6. by   Grace Oz
    I'm 56 and retired. LOVING retirement! Went through a phase of questioning whether or not to return on a casual basis. Got over that and am happily enjoying being totally my own boss! Have been fortunate to have done some travelling and will do more in the future. I worked agency in the last couple of years prior to retiring. Enjoyed that but wouldn't wish to do it as a permanent position as some folks do.
  7. by   MrChicagoRN
    I'm 50+ & was recently liberated to pursue other opportunities.

    They decided they didn't need both a nurse supervisor AND a nurse manager at an ambulatory care office serving 200-300 patients per day.

    Sometimes the Gods kick us out of the airplane & force us to pursue directions we'd gotten too lazy to pursue on our own.

    Plan to start/restart my master's in May.
  8. by   rntoben2008
    I needed to read these posts. I am almost 42 years old and finishing up my first semester of nursing school. I am the oldest student in my clinical rotation by many years. I think they are all younger than 25 years old. My older friends that I had in the first 7.5 weeks of nursing school are all dropping out. It made me feel strange, to hear they are. I just love the nursing field, been an Aide for years and this is my first chance to go to school and become an R.N., it is good to know that there are many women and men over age 40, enjoying nursing. I have a great clinical instructor who has been a nurse for years and she has taught me so much in this first semester, but every now and then...a patient will ask me how old I am, and ask why I am in school at my age. My older friends were all age 48 and above, and are quitting because they say they cannot handle the stress. I agree it is a challenge, but I am loving it. Well congrats to all of you, I will be looking for someone like you when I am a new R.N. and need some guidance. I also enjoy seeing the different departments you all work in. I think I will like the ICU, but must experience all of my rotations to find out about the other departments yet. Once again I needed to read this.
  9. by   scooterRN52
    Quote from rntoben2008
    I needed to read these posts. I am almost 42 years old and finishing up my first semester of nursing school. I am the oldest student in my clinical rotation by many years. I think they are all younger than 25 years old. My older friends that I had in the first 7.5 weeks of nursing school are all dropping out. It made me feel strange, to hear they are. I just love the nursing field, been an Aide for years and this is my first chance to go to school and become an R.N., it is good to know that there are many women and men over age 40, enjoying nursing. I have a great clinical instructor who has been a nurse for years and she has taught me so much in this first semester, but every now and then...a patient will ask me how old I am, and ask why I am in school at my age. My older friends were all age 48 and above, and are quitting because they say they cannot handle the stress. I agree it is a challenge, but I am loving it. Well congrats to all of you, I will be looking for someone like you when I am a new R.N. and need some guidance. I also enjoy seeing the different departments you all work in. I think I will like the ICU, but must experience all of my rotations to find out about the other departments yet. Once again I needed to read this.
    Hi rntoben2008,
    I just read your thread and admire you and wish you luck in your career. I was 41 almost 42 years old when I finished nursing school and I'm still working full time on a stepdown unit. I too always enjoyed nursing, there is always something to learn and it is never boring. I just turned 57 in February, I hope to cut my hours back in a few years. Good Luck to you!


    scooterRn52
  10. by   MrChicagoRN
    Quote from rntoben2008

    I needed to read these posts. I am almost 42 years old and finishing up my first semester of nursing school. I am the oldest student in my clinical rotation by many years. ... My older friends were all age 48 and above, and are quitting because they say they cannot handle the stress. I agree it is a challenge, but I am loving it.

    A career change is daunting at any age.

    While you may be older than everyone else (we had abunch in their 30's when I was in school), when you finish you'll still be younger than the average working RN

    GoodLuck
  11. by   deacn
    I'm 50 and currently work on a postpartum unit, 12 hour shifts. I'm pretty burned out and would like to change careers.
  12. by   rntoben2008
    Quote from deacn
    I'm 50 and currently work on a postpartum unit, 12 hour shifts. I'm pretty burned out and would like to change careers.
    Have you considered going in to a different aspect of nursing? there are so many different roles to choose from and I have heard those 12 hour shifts make for burn out.
  13. by   deacn
    Yes, I have, but I don't have a BSN, so it's pretty much impossible to do that around here.

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