Back In The Saddle Again - page 2

by VivaLasViejas 4,703 Views | 20 Comments Guide

With apologies for the Old West metaphors.....I am, indeed, back in the saddle again as a floor nurse. And as sore as my old bones are from the unaccustomed exertions of this past week, it's a good kind of tired that reminds me... Read More


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    Yee Hah! Interesting to read these posts. I too am in my 50s and easily bored. At the age of 53 I decided that when I reached my 60s I didn't want to be doing anything I had already done so I started the road to the BSN. I graduate this December. I've worked LTC and hospice as an aid and hospice nursing looks good to me. I have however, also discovered the "forever job" doesn't exist. I have sold cars, insurance and real estate; I've been a claims adjuster both in the office and in the field; dog trainer and dog groomer. Okay, that's a long enough list...I know I'll never again aspire to any type of management since I agree with you that it is a thankless and often joyless task.

    I love to hear stories from "old nurses" who are my age but have been nurses for all that time rather than bouncing from career to career. Would also love to hear suggestions from any of you as to trajectory. Knowing what you know, if you were your age but just starting out in nursing, where would you go first?
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    So, how were you able to get back into the hospital after being out. I just turned 51 and have been working for the state for 15 years. I was laid off in early May and have been applying ever since. I've made myself quite available as far as flexibility, (I'm home alone this Aug, my daughter will go away to college and my son lives out of town). I worked with a nursing agency until 2005 PRN along with my full time job. Since I haven't worked with the agency within the last 2-3 years, I can no longer get started with them again unless I have 1-2 years experience in the hospital. I even offer to learn other areas in the hospital, but still no luck. I certainly never planned on leaving my nursing career so early in life. I'm open for some helpful suggestions. Thanks
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    I haven't worked in a hospital for 7 1/2 years and God willing, I'll never go back. I'm an LTC nurse at heart....always have been, always will be. There's no glory in it, no prestige, not even much in the way of monetary reward (although I'm almost at the top of the pay scale at this facility because of my experience in all phases of LTC). But I don't care about any of that anymore, all I want is to do my job to the best of my ability each day and go home feeling like I might have made a difference in someone's life---as corny and clichéd as that may sound.
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    Take care of yourself. And thanks for sharing your experiences with us.
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    Thanks for the info. I am 51, and just starting a career as a nurse. If you have any suggestions as to appropriate places to work as a nurse please let me know. I can work part-time or full-time.
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    As an older nurse who has also lessened the pace I really enjoyed reading of your experiences. Now its quality of life for you and time to smell the roses.
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    Quote from VivaLasViejas
    Well, I didn't really decide to go back to the floor, but when the opportunity to go back to my old, much-loved workplace opened up, I jumped on it. I'm pushing 55 myself so I don't know how long it'll last, but I'm going to find out!

    And, the breakdown I suffered was due in no small part to an out-of-control bipolar episode brought on by the severe stress I was under. I became extremely anxious and just could not go on. I still wonder how the heck my employer got around the ADA in terminating me, but at this point it's all water under the bridge and I'm well now, so I'm moving forward.
    do you promise it will only be two weeks and i will stop feeling ran over by a truck after a shift, i just got drafted from retirement back to a LTC as director of nursing
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    Quote from faithicu
    As an older nurse who has also lessened the pace I really enjoyed reading of your experiences. Now its quality of life for you and time to smell the roses.
    I totally agree. Are there are areas in nursing that are more suited to this attitude. I am a new nurse and thinking about areas to apply to that would be appropriate. I enjoyed being on a med surg/ and ortho floor.
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    I'm so glad that you got another job so quickly, and one that you seem happy with. It amazes me the way you can take a licking and keep on ticking.
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    viva,
    Good for you it is amazing how our life can take different directions and we find that going back to our roots is the best sometimes
    I currently have had a desk job for the last year and am turning 60 this year, not sure how long I will have this job and wondering if I can physically handle the floor again but we all do what we have to do best of luck to you


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