81 year old nurse still working strong! - page 11

by RN2B123

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Cute article about an 81 year old nurse...probably runs circles around the others haha. Im gonna be retired on a beach with a pina colada at that age!... Read More


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    Quote from looking for work
    You must have misunderstood my post. I wasnt talking about you, I was talking about an aged c0-worker who was entirely too debilitated to perform her job duties at 70 plus, but was continuing to work on light duty, and increasing the workload of everyone else. SHe was basically just answering phones while others took on her nursing tasks
    I didn't misunderstand you at all. I know you're not talking about me... (if you knew me, you'd understand just how silly that notion would be).

    However, you continue to link that nurse's age to the reason why she shouldn't be working, not her (stipulated) inability to do the job. As I said, anybody who's unable to perform the basic tasks should move on... whether they be 70 or 30... and I've met (and worked with) some 70-somethings who regularly outperform people half their age.

    That said, I do think that the older folks should be given some consideration and that some of the more physical tasks be delegated to younger workers.
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    Well, I would have to disagree. A nurses plate is over full to begin with. At 70 or 30, if you cant do the job, find one that you can do, and make room for all of the new grads who are desperately trying to find at least some work.
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    My 70yo staff outperform those 1/2 their age routinely.Some work FT others per diem ... they are able to easily roll with the punches and eagerly embraced computer technology. Due to being a baby boomer born mid 50's,I'm not eligible to full retirement until 68 +3months. As long as one is competent and productive, current employee stays employed in my organization as their life experiences often invaluable in patient care, especially dealing with the irate "customer".
    Multicollinearity, KSRN2b, tewdles, and 1 other like this.
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    Being 70 years old does not guarantee that you cannot perform a nursing job anymore than being 30 years old guarantees that you can...

    ageism is alive and well.
    HazelLPN, talaxandra, KSRN2b, and 2 others like this.
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    Be competent and able to do your job at any age, and there is no problem . There are plenty of nurses who want work, but cant find it. If you cant do the job, or wont, its time to go.
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    "Kudos" if you're over this already ...
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    To the nursing student who posted a reply:

    When you graduate and find no work , but see how old and inept some of the nurses are everywhere you look, come back and post on here how frustrating it is to graduate with loans, and find a closed door at every job because NO ONE is retiring. WHen you write out your check to your student loan carrier knowing full well, you were the victim of a propoganda scheme to create a nursing surplus, come back and comment here how happy you are that 81 year old nurses are still working. When you have to choose between heating your home or paying your student loan, come back here and post how great you feel. When you send out 50 resumes and get no responses, come back here and say how great it is that 70 year old nurses are working full time on light duty, and cant be replaced because of age discrimination. I once worked with a 73 year old nurse who was legally blind and couldnt read the MAR. She was lawyered up and NONE could get rid of her. Can you read an MAR?
    Fiona59 likes this.
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    Okay...so be angry with the person who lied to you about the "nursing shortage" and convinced you to go to nursing school.

    Do not be angry with the old nurse who continues to work.
    HazelLPN, DizzyLizzyNurse, OCNRN63, and 2 others like this.
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    Quote from looking for work
    You must have misunderstood my post. I wasnt talking about you, I was talking about an aged c0-worker who was entirely too debilitated to perform her job duties at 70 plus, but was continuing to work on light duty, and increasing the workload of everyone else. SHe was basically just answering phones while others took on her nursing tasks
    I think we work with the same person!!!
    looking for work likes this.
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    Quote from ♪♫ in my ♥
    That said, I do think that the older folks should be given some consideration and that some of the more physical tasks be delegated to younger workers.
    Nope, if you can't pull your patient assignment be you, 30 or 76, it's time to leave the unit.

    I've had male co-workers tell me they are tired of getting constantly asked to lift and transfer patients because the female nurse is on an accomodation or elderly and considered too frail to do the heavy stuff. Pregnant women they don't mind lifting for but when they know someone is collecting CPP and their nurses pension and a wage they are much more reluctant to do "her" heavy stuff.
    looking for work likes this.


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