There have been some talk on AN recently about older nurses and when they should retire and blah, blah, blah. I just want to say that I appreciate the wonderful veteran nurses out there. I recently started a new job and there have been a few nurses 60 and up that have been so helpful to me. One nurse I'm really fond of have been a nurse for over 50 years. She is well into her 60's. She says she has no choice to work in order to pay for her hospital bills. Well, let me tell you. She is amazing! She is full of wisdom and always willing to take time to teach.
The veteran nurses and I have a great working relationship. We are constantly teaching each other. They help me out clinically and when they need help with a technical problem they know who to call.
Some of these nurses don't always do things the way I learned in school, however they keep the patients alive and safe. I learn so much from them and they carry themselves with such grace and dignity.They can run circles around me the 23 y/o RN and not even break a sweat
I hope to be like these nurses when I grow up. Thank you to all the experienced mature nurses out there. Not all us twenty year olds want to take your job... We need you around. Just wanted to say that I appreciate all your years of hard work, dedication, and paving the way for the younger generation of nurses.