Veteran nurses.... I appreciate you!

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    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
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    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.
    The end.
    Last edit by tnbutterfly on Feb 10, '12
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    Thank you!
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    NurseLoveJoy88,

    I couldn't agree with you more! I have had awesome experiences with veteran nurses. They're are full of wisdom and we have much to learn from them. I have learned techniques from veteran nurses that you would NEVER find in a textbook. This knowledge can only be obtained from years of hard work. And for that....I salute all veteran nurses! We, as newbies have much to learn from you guys! :bowingpur Thank you!!!!
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    Quote from NurseLoveJoy88
    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. The end.
    There wasn't so much respect, admiration or appreciation when you started your "Whiney Older Nurses" thread.
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    Quote from Ruby Vee
    There wasn't so much respect, admiration or appreciation when you started your "Whiney Older Nurses" thread.
    I noticed that incongruity too.
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    Quote from Ruby Vee
    There wasn't so much respect, admiration or appreciation when you started your "Whiney Older Nurses" thread.
    In this thread I was referring to the nurses whom I work with. I haven't worked with the nurses on this board. I just noticed that some of the members on here group younger nurses into a category this negative.
    I admire the nurses I work with, and just wanted to say that I really do appreciate their wisdom and knowledge.
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    alrighty then, we will declare a truce and an end to the age-related thrashes, and go about our business. don't do it again. all in favor?
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    Aye!
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    Quote from grntea
    alrighty then, we will declare a truce and an end to the age-related thrashes, and go about our business. don't do it again. all in favor?
    second!
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    I appreciate the seasoned nurses who have been nurses for longer than I've been on the planet. I'd rather hear their advice and tips and tricks of the trade than someone who wrote a textbook. I also love hearing about how nursing was back in the 70's and 80's when I was little (not that the 70's-80's were some ancient time, of course...because that would make me ancient...and I'm going to shuttuppa my mouth and stop digging this hole...)

    But then again, if I need parenting advice, the first person I go to is my grandma... or any other grandma-like lady. Yes, if a little old lady chews me out for not having a hat on my baby when it's 64 degrees out and windy, I hang my head in shame...I DO!
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