57 and need to start over YET AGAIN! - page 8

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  MotherRN profile page
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    Wellbeing,

    I tend to be claustrophobic. Do you think being 'locked in' at the prison would bring on these same feelings? I was worried about it so have not applied to the prisons here in town.
  2. Visit  MotherRN profile page
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    So what if they want to know that? They can find out your age just my looking up your license online anyway.

    Or, asking what year you graduated high school on an application!! There are ways to get the info!
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  3. Visit  carolLeeAnn profile page
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    I'm sorry to say that I have been having the same problem. I live in a small town and usually work 30-40 miles away in the city. After I was let go from a trainee DON position, (the DON wanted to retire, changed her mind after a few weeks then kept me there another few weeks until days before my 90 days was up). I was an LVN for 20 yrs and finally became an RN. The only job I could get was in LTC on the night shift. I continued to apply for acute care positions for over a year. Then, my old boss from the same facility(now in another) called me to take the DON position. He knew I had no experience. Once I realized the retiring DON wanted her job back, I asked him point blank if he was unhappy with my performance. He assured me I was doing a great job and had nothing to worry about. But, a few weeks later her attitude towards me changed. She started getting rude, yelling at me in front of our staff, made me cry a few times in front of them. Then she told him she wants her job back, so he let me go. He said I did nothing wrong. I've been applying to all positions I feel I am qualified for. I worked in acute care for thirteen years, and long term care for ten years. I haven't had any luck. I feel it is due to age. I just turned 51 this month... the scarry thing is, I remember my first year as an LVN, I worked in step-down Telemetry and floated to CCU all the time. I didn't know what I know now. I feel I am a very good nurse with a variety of experiences over the years and I would make a great nurse at any hospital. If only I could catch a break like I did as a new grad LVN. You are not alone. Good Luck to you in your job search. I read the other comments and will try some of the advice they left you.
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  4. Visit  mathilda843 profile page
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    carolLee Ann
    Good Luck with your search! I feel your pain....
  5. Visit  Esme12 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?
    I was an educator, mentor, preceptor and night supervisor/resource person/IV team for a critical access facility when my position was "downsized" and YES....It is a waste of all my knowledge. Obviously, being 52 makes me unintelligent and undesirable....one to be avoided at all costs. I have applied for so many positions it is almost comical. After 32 years at the bedside and 35 years in this profession to be told I didn't have "experience" in triage (I'm an ED nurse and CEN) and they were pursing more suitable/qualified candidates.....I was shocked and heartbroken.

    Ageism is alive and well as is discrimination towards the disabled nurse. I have an auto-immune disorder that attacks my muscles...so that makes me old and sick. So I am an outcast, infectious, and need to be isolated and avoided.

    They call me Typhoid Mary.

    So, I spend my time here at AN teaching and educating. If someone would have told me this before I turned 50 I would have NEVER believed them. Boy was I wrong.
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  6. Visit  ♪♫ in my ♥ profile page
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    Quote from Esme12
    I was an educator, mentor, preceptor and night supervisor/resource person/IV team for a critical access facility when my position was "downsized" and YES....It is a waste of all my knowledge. Obviously, being 52 makes me unintelligent and undesirable....one to be avoided at all costs. I have applied for so many positions it is almost comical. After 32 years at the bedside and 35 years in this profession to be told I didn't have "experience" in triage (I'm an ED nurse and CEN) and they were pursing more suitable/qualified candidates.....I was shocked and heartbroken. Ageism is alive and well as is discrimination towards the disabled nurse. I have an auto-immune disorder that attacks my muscles...so that makes me old and sick. So I am an outcast, infectious, and need to be isolated and avoided. They call me Typhoid Mary. So, I spend my time here at AN teaching and educating. If someone would have told me this before I turned 50 I would have NEVER believed them. Boy was I wrong.
    "Like" as in "acknowledge" and "empathize..." besides you investing your time here, there's not much to like-like in your post.

    I wish I could make things right and just in the world.

    "I would have NEVER believed them..." Here's perhaps a place where I've had an advantage over you... I saw it first hand happening to other people... and learned to fear it early.

    This transcends nursing... our society is cold-blooded.
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  7. Visit  mathilda843 profile page
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    Esme,
    My heart goes out to you! So sorry for the disrespect that you are experiencing. How about online instructor? Gee, just from reading your posts here, I'd go to you in the blink of an eye with anything! You have inspired and helped many here - please keep up the good work!
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  8. Visit  CrunchRN profile page
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    I am sorry too Esme. You have a lot to offer. Who wouldn't want a mentor like you? I hope something comes that will be flexible and take advantage of your experience.
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  9. Visit  Esme12 profile page
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    Thanks....guys. I saw it coming eventually but I was powerless to stop it.....I don't put it out there usually but sometime you just have to. I am thankful for the little things...like I'm above ground..and that's good. I have 2 great kids that are my sunshine and by far my best accomplishment...like I can actually take credit...LOL.

    They are healthy and kind, they are smart and beautiful/handsome. (even if they are just getting their licenses) Life is breathtaking from their eyes...the sun will be up tomorrow. It's all good...tomorrow is another day.
  10. Visit  Bailey246 profile page
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    Bailey246
    After 60 resumes ( okay, maybe 50)(not kidding), I finally received an interview in a LTF. Its like a whole new world. But it is what it is. The interviewer was like myself, from old school. I am surprised that LTF do not pay anything great. She replied, if I had more experience in Long term care, she could give me more per hr. I guess all that experience ( 30+) counts for nothing in the scheme of things. She said she would contact me tomorrow,. At least its what I'm making now. Benefits are there, but not sure what cost will be for me.
    I wish EVERYONE of my fellow nurses luck in pursuing a nursing career at our ages. How disheartening this all is!!!
    Thank you all for your input!
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  11. Visit  missiedi profile page
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    Best of luck to you. I hope you like it,that is the most important thing. I spent many years in LTF before going into home care and I found it very helpful that I had that experience as it made transitioning into home care easier, as most of the patients are elderly. I loved every minute and found it to be very rewarding.
  12. Visit  Esme12 profile page
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    Good Luck! I'm sending good vibes!!!!
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  13. Visit  Litenurse2b profile page
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    AWESOME!
    I'll have my BSN in 2 more semesters (hopefully!) and I'm now 55.
    I feel SO MUCH BETTER just knowing somewhere someone else my age is doing or done this.
    Thanks from the bottom of my heart!

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