57 and need to start over YET AGAIN! - page 2

I need some help. I just joined the site. I am working as a radiology nurse in small imaging facility. Its been a great job. Unfortunately we are shutting our doors 12/2013. I am worried sick. I live... Read More

  1. Visit  perioddrama} profile page
    Just wanted to send positive vibes your way!

    Experienced nurses cost a lot of money... and of course, it is all about the bottom line.
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  3. Visit  imintrouble} profile page
    I have no advice. I have a job, but go to work every day mildly anxious that my employer will manufacture a reason to let me go. It's so scary to be 50 in nursing.
    Good luck to all of you looking for jobs.

    --------------> positive vibes from me too!
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  4. Visit  VivaLasViejas} profile page
    Quote from imintrouble
    I It's so scary to be 50 in nursing.
    You can say THAT again!!!
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  5. Visit  IndianaHH} profile page
    OH goodness the boat keeps getting bigger and bigger. I am 57 and was laid off following years of healthcare experienced. Cant return to college as I DID that when I was 45 yrs old. Earned my RN at 50 yrs old. Still another 5 yrs of the FIRST student loans to pay for. LTC is plan frightening when the ratio is 35/1. (Been there done that)
    I feel too old to start over... AGAIN.. and too young too.
  6. Visit  Nurse ABC} profile page
    Try going to your local board of education and get on the sub list as a school nurse. My district always needs subs and they don't require any special certifications to just sub. Worth a try!
  7. Visit  paradiseboundRN} profile page
    I'm 51 and its not my age holding me back, its my education level. I'm starting my RN-BSN in a few weeks. FYI- Certified home care is a specialty and it takes a good year to be good at it. Private duty (home care) is probably your best bet.
  8. Visit  GrnTea} profile page
    I'm lucky that at 62 my profession actually values a few grey hairs overlying the leetle grey cells. However, it took me a long time to get the expertise to get me to that happy place.

    Have you thought about free-standing surgery centers, aesthetic nursing (laser hair removal in a skin care clinic or MD office), mammography centers, big ortho practices (most have their own x-ray facilities), big urology practices (many office procedures, like urodynamics), pain management (fluoroscopy-aided injections)?
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  9. Visit  nrsang97} profile page
    A pain management clinic would love your experience. How about interventional radiology in a hospital? Most of the staff working that department is very happy.
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  10. Visit  mathilda843} profile page
    Wow! Just exactly what I have been experiencing! I keep applying to places, and just about everything that looks like it might be a go...then it finally hit me - age discrimination! It's nice to see the many suggestions here, but believe me, I have hit the wall with most of those ideas - can't get into home care because I don't have specific home care experience, even office positions are extremely difficult to come by and another place where there is a great deal of age discrimination, most likely having to do with the fact that most places are now using EMR's. I feel that they think that "older" nurses don't do EMR! And that is just a bunch of bologna! I don't get the feeling that they value our years of experience. I was just bypassed for an office position in my specialty. It was given to a person who has been a nurse for about a year, but had more of an office background...go figure...
    What is acceptable regarding follow-up with the people who make the hiring decisions? HR, manager, etc.? Is there a fine line between overkill and just letting them know that you want the position?
  11. Visit  GinginRN} profile page
    Travel nursing or agency nursing might find something for you that could turn into a great thing.
  12. Visit  EMR*LPN} profile page
    You might want to try any varicose vein clinics in your area. They hire RNs to do initial exams and treatments.
  13. Visit  DSkelton711} profile page
    Just a tip: When you make your resume out, don't go back more than 20 years unless it is relevent. Anything beyond that really just shows more "age". I started doing this and got some call backs on my resumes along with 3 interviews and 2 job offers. I have been working at an Assisted Living Facility for nearly 2 years now. Unfortunately, my health has faltered and I am no longer able to work. I am nearly 53. Good luck!
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  14. Visit  LTCNS} profile page
    I have no better advice than anyone else, but please know I will be praying for you.

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