57 and need to start over YET AGAIN! 57 and need to start over YET AGAIN! - pg.5 | allnurses

57 and need to start over YET AGAIN! - page 5

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  rnanm profile page
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    Wow!
    Looks like there are many of us with the same issues. Wait until you hit 60! I have a world of acute care, cardiac, trauma and general nursing experience and am in good health. Can I find a job? No way! Ageism is alive and well even with laws to protect us. Good luck in your efforts and keep in touch.
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  2. Visit  CrunchRN profile page
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    Airline nurse - I agree to a point. I think looking nice and modern and not frumpy or super overweight and such is important in how you are important. Don't wear polyester smocks and all. LOL! I am definitely no fashion plate, but I do try to keep my look modern and my weight less than obese and I exercise every day so that hopefully I will be more employable if I lost my job. I also see a lot of women my age (50) who have kind of gotten into the old gal frump too far.

    No botox or any of that for me though and like i said I will never be one of those elegant perfectly coifed women.
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  3. Visit  MotherRN profile page
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    WindyCDE,

    This so inspiring!! I'm 48 and been a licensed RN for 1 year today, actually! It's my anniversary. I can see that the market is going to stay tough, and get tougher given my age. I am still doing PRN type work. I'm okay with part time work for now while I build my skills and explore the field. Your whole approach to making the CDE work was great! I've already looked at the mentoring information and will definitely keep this in mind for future plans (I need to be an RN for 2 years). Thanks for posting!
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  4. Visit  Esme12 profile page
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    No...I didn't. I was subsequently diagnosed with an auto immune disorder of the muscles....now I'm treated as if I have the plague. My friend has only been able to find part time home health....we were both ICU and ED nurses with management/supervisor experience. Now we can't even answer a phone for triage. Sad really.
  5. Visit  CrunchRN profile page
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    Quote from Esme12
    No...I didn't. I was subsequently diagnosed with an auto immune disorder of the muscles....now I'm treated as if I have the plague. My friend has only been able to find part time home health....we were both ICU and ED nurses with management/supervisor experience. Now we can't even answer a phone for triage. Sad really.
    What a waste of all your knowledge. They ought to put you to work orienting new nurses or something. What about telephonic triage from home?
  6. Visit  ♪♫ in my ♥ profile page
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    Quote from CrunchRN
    What a waste of all your knowledge. They ought to put you to work orienting new nurses or something. What about telephonic triage from home?
    Really... nurse educator, diabetes educator, 1-800-ASK-ESME...
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  7. Visit  Creamsoda profile page
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    well the good thing is you have 10 months to figure it out. So start agressively searching now, just in case!
  8. Visit  Mks123 profile page
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    Same thing happened to me 50 something gets set up and railroaded out of a 15 year job by an arrogant 30 something administrator trying to move up corporate ladder . After 12 interviews was blessed to be hired by a wonderful organization insurance non profit I pinch myself every day Hang in there pray meditate keep busy and apply apply apply to everything!!!
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  9. Visit  missiedi profile page
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    I so agree. I do not want to be hired because I am a sharp dresser but rather on my skills and intelligence . I do agree that some health care professionals do not have a professional appearance and leave a lot to be desired. I would start with the ones I see outside the hospital buildings puffing away on their cancer sticks and reek of stale tobacco. And while we are discussing nurses, let us not forget some of the sloppy,overweight MD's out there.
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  10. Visit  afjgnp profile page
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    wound care is tough. I could only do it for three months. You are wrapping a leg in a profore dressing that weighs 20lbs by itself.
  11. Visit  katherine100 profile page
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    //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//

    Girl I never thought about that one at all. Possibly appearance makes a difference. There is one I work with who has 10 cats at home and comes to work smelling of them. Takes her shoes of at the nurses station and you can smell it.
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  12. Visit  missiedi profile page
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    All I can say is ugh!
  13. Visit  wellbeing12 profile page
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    I am 73, and recently went back to work, and you are correct, ageism is alive and well. Many places prefer younger, less experienced RNs because they cost less, and can be trained in the manner that facility wants them to be.

    Correctional nursing is not for everyone, it can be a very toxic environment, but it can also be a good fit.

    From what I have experienced, it is usually one or more of the nursing staff which causes problems, usually not the prisoners.
    Not to say it doesn't happen, and sometimes prisoners can be a challenge.

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