57 and need to start over YET AGAIN! - page 4

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. by   jrbl77
    Please know that you are not alone. It makes me feel better to know that others are in the same boat that I am. I am considering taking a non direct pt care job, pay would be about 1/2 of what I make now. But after 35 plus yrs of holidays, weekends etc, sometimes you just have to do what is best for you. My family doesn't realize how hard staff nursing or pt care can be, they tend to think that I am lazy. We are being told that we are going to need to work till we are 70, I'm not sure that my body will hold out that long. I will have been a nurse for 50 yrs then. Almost all my years have been spent doing staff nsg, providing direct hands on care. Best of Luck!
  2. by   SheriSmith
    I have recently been targeted to be "helped into retirement". I started working in an Ambulatory Care Center 3 years ago and really enjoy it. I had worked for over 30+ years in the recovery area, plus other experience. They have hired younger nurses who they feel know more then I do. I also was a "superuser" when we went live for the EMR. For some reason, my manager feels that I am not competent (?) Definitely ageism is involved. I have been looking for different jobs in the area. I have also had ER experience. Very few interviews that follow the multiple applications submitted. I have been a nurse for 39 years. I want to leave, but not able to find a job, so I am afraid that I will be "forced into retirement" by my manager. HELP, any suggestions?
  3. by   MistySea1946
    A RN refresher course may help, if you can invest in one (runs around $2,000). Take the time to build up your confidence and you'll meet up with other nurses who will likely be supportive and informative. Check out various CEU classes to increase your knowledge base. You've certainly got a good degree of wisdom that a younger person has not yet acquired and I think that should count for something! I wish you all the best!!
  4. by   katherine100
    So what if they want to know that? They can find out your age just my looking up your license online anyway.
  5. by   missiedi
    I suggest that you register with an agency. They usually have a variety of positions. Try and think outside of the box. I know it is scary but try and find support amongst your fellow nurses. A few years ago, I was out of work for a few months having moved to another country where I could not practice. Upon my return, I found myself in a quandary as to what exactly I wanted to do. I registered with an agency that sent me to a variety of situations,which included occupational health sites,something that I had never done or experienced. I was scared at first but was lucky to be sent to companies that were very supportive. I also was sent to the hospital settings in areas I had never worked,such and postpartum,recovery rooms, etc. I did this for three or four months and then decided to return to a full time position in a Nursing Home which was always my first love. After a three years stint or so I ventured into home care which I have done off and on for 28 years. It is scary but have faith in yourself. I left the field for 18 months 10 years ago,grew restless and at 56 decided to return to the company I went to work for in the 80's, as a per diem home care nurse. I was welcomed back with open arms and fell right back into place as though I had never left. Get a new hair style and a confident attitude,wear them both to your interviews,you will make it. Ps. If you don not have current CPR I would take that course before going out there,most agencies will require it. Good Luck!
  6. by   ArtistRNJD
    Jannymac, would you mind letting me know the name of the online certification program in pain management? It sounds interesting!
  7. by   katherine100
    Excellent advice. Let's hope she reads it.
  8. by   emmasuern
    I would start applying for jobs. The hospital I worked for closed last year. I was transferred to another hospital in the same organization. It was so incredibly depressing to see a hospital that I enjoyed working for close its doors. It makes me sad to think about it now and we are 4 months out. The new job isn't the same. It was really depressing because we were constantly having going away parties. If you leave early you wont have to work the last shift the hospital is open. You wont have to see the depression and anger the staff go through in the months leading to closure. Keep applying for jobs. Someone in HR will see your resume and value the experience you have.
  9. by   nursejackie57
    My advice...try Health Information Technology (HIT). I took a course at the local community college, 13 classes in 6 months and became certified as a HIT Pro- Clinician/Practitioner Consultant.
  10. by   mingjal935
    I read your posting with interest. This year I turn 71 years of age. In December 2012 I graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing and now I am into post-graduate studies in Mental Health Nursing. You are a lot younger than I am, so try and be strong both physically and mentally. Don't let the lack of work get you down that is just one small hurdle. You could try re-invigorating yourself and do some extra study. If you don't want to work in the wards perhaps train to work in phlebotomy or if you would like harder physical work try CSSD. All worthwhile jobs.
  11. by   missiedi
    Kudos to you. I really admire you.
  12. by   AirlineNurse
    Sometimes I dont know if its the age so much. I know nurses who are in theri 20s 30s and are having hard times getting jobs. Its the recession. I have been a flight attendant for 20 years and a nurse for 3 and I am 43. Across the board with nurses and flight attendants I see a lot of women who just dont take care of themselves anymore. Overweight, frumpy, bad hair, yellow teeth....you name it. I am amazed at the number of overweight, sloppy nurses I see. I make jokes sometimes that you cant tell the nurse from the patients.

    What I suggest is that when you interview dress hip and fashionable. Have a beautiful dress on with heels and a current hairstyle. Think Jackie O. I started nursing at 40 but I think my appeal was that I was dressed current. My first nurse job the man that hired me told me later than he saw me in the room of applicants and knew he was going to hire me right off because I was dressed to the nines.

    There is no woman on this earth more attractive than a woman over 40 who is fit, in shape, smart, educated, grounded, well rounded, witty, gracious, kind, and beautiful. This is the type of woman all men want. Yes 20 is good to look at 40+ is good to marry.

    If you think its hard being 50+, try being black which I am. I have always had to be more educated, more outgoing and wellspoken than others to get a job, even when I was in my 20s. We all have our burdens to bear.

    And another thing I cant understand is the people that are doing the hiring are in their 40s-60s so why are they discriminating against people their own age???????
  13. by   djh123
    There's a variation on this, too: I'm 55, but I'm a NEW nurse, and have had some interviews I thought went very well, but nada so far, and it's getting to be demoralizing, but I'm trying to pump myself back up. Good luck to all who are having trouble finding a job.