Okay - I just read one of a comment on another thread and was floored when the comment was about a person getting a DNP at 62 and a poster wondering how long they would be able to safely practice at that age...
So....my question is: how old is too old to safely practice as an APRN?
I will preface my remarks with the fact that I am in mid-late 50's, have been an APRN for 10 years, currently precept two new NPs, and my practice considers me at the top of my game.
So...at 62 I'll be washed up??? Ugh - I'm planning to work till I'm 70 as long as I remain physically able to do the work.
Is there a magic age when one should just hang up the lab coat?
Jul 31, '16
by Buyer beware
Quote from elkpark
There is no official age at which one "should" retire; it's a v. individual matter. My father was a physician who continued to give anesthesia into his mid-70s and was entirely competent (he finally retired because my mother was bugging him to quit so they could travel a lot, not because he was having any problems at work). I work with a psychiatrist who is probably (I don't know his exact age) close to 80. He is slower than the younger psychiatrists on our service, but I don't observe him appearing any less competent or safe.
I have found, at least in the old days before digital thermometers, that the best indicator of needing to retire was when an old-timer nurse would use the rectal thermometer to take oral readings without realizing it; but upon reorientation say "I'm sorrry" but in reality not giving a hoot. Luckily today we know that the new eighty is actually only fourty-five, at least in South Florida thanks to our dedicated geriatricians and plastics surgeons.
Last edit by Buyer beware on Jul 31, '16
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