"Older" Nurses Sticking Around According To Survey - page 3

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  1. by   tewdles
    I may know the same nurse...she sent me a christmas card last year...she is now working in management but for all the rest of those years she was in direct delivery of care. Amazing woman.
  2. by   DoGoodThenGo
    Don't know why it comes as a shock to those in the media that experienced nurses (hate the term "older", as it is attached to far too many things female as it tis, ie "older woman"), would keep working long past "retirement" age.

    Sixy-five as a retirement age is something rather recent and comes from government programs and pension plans, which for the most part have only been around since the 1930's or so. Prior to that one worked long as one could, yes usually because you needed something to live off, but the idea of sitting around idle just wasn't on.

    Most predictions one has seen say a person wishing to retire today at sixty-five will need at least one half to over a millon dollars in firm liquid assets to avoid running out of funds over the next twenty or so years of expected life.

    Given the current economic woes with everything from housing prices to investments down the toilet, it simply makes sense to keep on working long as you can. Especially if it means delaying tapping into one's nest eggs and firming up future financials.
  3. by   connie lpn
    I am a seasoned nurse not in any hurry to retire, you young nurses need our experience even if you dont think so.
  4. by   nursepacific
    In every industry older workers are staying past retirement. Many older unemployed workers are taking up nursing as well. Many community college nursing programs have students with an average age of 30+.
  5. by   tewdles
    ...nest eggs...uuuhhhmmm...I had one of those once...
  6. by   diane227
    I don't plan to retire until I have to. I just turned 55 and I can't imagine just sitting at home. I will always work at least part time, at least a couple of days a week until I am not able to any longer. Plus, for me, keeping my insurance is a big issue. I currently get my insurance via my husbands work (he is a nurse also) and the plan is wonderful. I just cannot imagine living with just medicare alone.
  7. by   neurorn6
    I guess I'm one of the older nurses, over 50, or is that the new 25? LOL. Anyway, I hope to retire in 10 years, I'm working fulltime and at least 8 hours of OT every week. Living on a shoe string, paying off bills and doing things on my home while I am still working.

    While I love being a nurse, I hate the changes that have been occurring, not all for the better. I have real concerns about Health Care Reform, and lets be real, not all of us make high dollar salaries, especially in the south and in the west.

    Life ain't easy but it's all we got.
  8. by   nursel56
    Quote from Ace587RN
    retirements took a hit, so they need to stick around to survive. I know a 81 yr old RN who still works
    :rckn: * :rckn: * :rckn: I love it!! (But I hope it isn't because she can't afford her living expenses. . . : (. . .)

    Oh, yeah-- and that argument has been settled. . . 50 is the new 25!!
  9. by   Ace587RN
    Quote from nursel56
    :rckn: * :rckn: * :rckn: I love it!! (But I hope it isn't because she can't afford her living expenses. . . : (. . .)

    Oh, yeah-- and that argument has been settled. . . 50 is the new 25!!
    she actually lives with her daughter, she doesnt want to retire because shell die of boredom lol. hats off to her

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