Marjorie J. Shibler has a mortgage.
Juliette Crichton wants to continue a lifestyle of monthly pedicures and workouts with a personal trainer.
Luzviminda Jusayan hopes to avoid the boredom and weight gain of staying at home.
They're all registered nurses who are old enough to be on Medicare but have no plans to retire.
"There's always going to be a need - forever - because there's always going to be ill patients," said Shibler, 73, a medical-surgical nurse at Chesapeake General Hospital . "My future plan is to work at the hospital until I can't work anymore."
Though older nurses are hardly a staple in Virginia health care, a surprising number of those still around intend to stay.
About 30 percent of the state's registered nurses between ages 66 and 70 said they planned to work at least another five years, according to a recent survey by the Virginia Department of Health Professions. More than 40 percent of the state's licensed practical nurses in that age group said they would stay on the job another 10 years or more.
The trend is helping to temporarily relieve the state's nursing shortage.
Full Story: http://hamptonroads.com/2010/02/surv...ticking-around
Are you all seeing the same thing in your facilities?
Wiser nurses, are you delaying your retirement? Would love to hear your feedback