Quote from nana2003
I am 55 years old and it is getting more and more difficult to do this kind of work. I have had problems with jobs since a severe shoulder injury 2 years ago. I am looking for ideas of how to use my experience to find a job not so physical stressful, any ideas?
I'm not too far behind you age-wise (54 in January) and I've found my niche in assisted living (ALF) nursing. Although I do miss direct care sometimes---my job is 95% administrative---I can't work the floor anymore d/t arthritis, back problems etc., and this way I can stay in nursing without risking my health.
The major drawbacks are being salaried (even though the wages are often quite good) and being on call 24/7. You usually don't wind up covering shifts, but if a staff member's got a medical question about a resident that needs professional consultation, you're it......even if it's 0330 and you've got to be up by 0600. Otherwise, it's mostly desk work with periodic physical assessment of residents, mostly for acute situations and move-ins/readmission from hospital or rehab.
Good luck to you! PM me if you'd like more info.