57 and need to start over YET AGAIN! - page 3

by Bailey246

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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 in a small area. I'd rather... Read More


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    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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    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?
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    Travel nursing or agency nursing might find something for you that could turn into a great thing.
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    You might want to try any varicose vein clinics in your area. They hire RNs to do initial exams and treatments.
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    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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    I have no better advice than anyone else, but please know I will be praying for you.
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    I started a job as in Intake Nurse last December. There were 3 other RNs hired at the same time as me. I was the youngest at 51. I am just not seeing any ageism. Although I do know some older nurses that are not very adept with the computer and maybe thats what makes an employer nervous. Make sure that you list any software programs that you used in various jobs. BTW, according to statistics the average age of a nurse in 2010 was 46!
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    Have you thought about doing clinical (or teaching lecture) for nursing programs? Many nursing programs look long and hard for clinical instructors. So, you would be still in a clinical setting; but passing on your knowledge to future nurses.
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    Well I don't know if this will help, but I'll throw it out there...

    I am a 20 year veteran of just about every kind of adult nursing you can imagine but at 43 years of age, I recognize that I am only "mid-career" at this point, especially in light of our anemic economy. I also have Fibromyalgia and the thrill of running codes and wrestling head injury patients off of terrified rad techs lost its appeal long ago. A couple years back, I decided to bet on a sure thing for my future in the profession- the diabetes pandemic and Obamacare. I know, I know, you all are saying, "Yeah, but you have to already BE a diabetes educator to BECOME a diabetes educator." I admit it's not easy, but I found a job as a RN Health Coach in an ambulatory care setting and begged to take all the diabetes patients, which only endeared me to the other health coaches since those patients often have complex health issues. It took me two years to convince our nursing director to let me design and facilitate a bonafide diabetes self-management and education program (more money for them), which I wrote (under MD supervision) on my own time while enrolled in Excelsior's BSN program. In fact, I used the diabetes program I wrote as part of my capstone project.

    Once I had accrued my 1,000 hours and required diabetes CEU's, I took the CDE exam (http://www.ncbde.org/certification_info/) and passed. I will be graduating from Excelsior in May, and already have a job offer at a magnet hospital and outpatient clinic program nearby. Next month, I will be taking the ANCC's board certification exam in ambulatory nursing ( Ambulatory Care Nursing - American Nurses Credentialing Center - ANCC ) to give myself an edge over other, younger job applicants AND because the magnet will pay me more for it. My annual income last year was $37,000 gross. Next year? $72,000. Oh, and from the looks of it, I'll be one of the younger RN's employed in that department.

    No more nights, weekends, holidays, concrete floors, Hoyer lifts, masks and gowns, saturated bed linens, cranky on-call docs, blood sugar crashes and UTI's (mine, not the patients'), code blues, code greens, code browns, and no more mandatory overtime! And did I mention I get my own office? With a cute little fridge that they keep stocked with bottled water and fresh fruit!

    For those of you who are dicouraged by the professional practice experience requirements for the CDE, there is now a Diabetes Educator Mentorship Program that can account for up to 400 of the required 1,000 hours of experience. Go here for more information: http://www.ncbde.org/certification_i...rship-program/

    Moreover, I wish you and everyone in the same boat the best in finding a new place that will value your wisdom and experience. Sad to think that, as a profession, we are said to "eat our young". Apparently we do the same to our not-so-young...

    ~Windy
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    Are you willing to learn something new? Perhaps dialysis or a nursing home where you will be involved in different areas (i.e MDS, wound care and admin. What about homecare. Many don't like constantly being on the road but it's worth a try. Just a few thoughts.


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