81 year old nurse still working strong! - page 3

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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    in my opinion, this is the path of one who doesnt go the NP/midwive/CRNA route...floor nursing leads to one destination: more floor nursing LOL, or charge nursing, or for the elite % managing the floor. So if one has a 20-30 yr career as a floor nurse they must love what they do and then god bless them.
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    More power to Peggy!! What a strong lady. However, I really wish that she was only working because she wanted to, and not out of necessity.

    BTW, what is that she is holding in her hands?? I'm totally jealous if that is her work computer. Our COWs are gigantic...
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    we will all be working this late in life sorry to say. I had a wonderful savings (I had read money mag for years) and had accumulated what I thought was enough. Husband has heart attack, loses job and WHAM money gone! This can happen to anyone.
    Anne36, KSRN2b, Lovely_RN, and 1 other like this.
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    My 83 yr-old grandmother-in-law is an RN and just retired from the same hospital that I work at probably 6 months ago or so. She worked as a floor nurse on a rehab floor prior to retiring. I think retirement is driving her crazy though because she just applied to come back as a sitter. She doesn't work because she has to...I think she just likes to get away from her husband for a while.
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    Good for her! What a great role model for those that believe that age is just a number!

    Working at 81? I don't dread the idea, I embrace it! If you are doing something you love, why should you ever stop? The idea of retiring and sitting around waiting to die is a dreadful thought. They will have to pry the stethoscope out of my hands at the end!
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    I am 49 and just starting my nursing career!

    I love that "grandma" is still working! There was a mention of her "needing" to work...."she bought a house"...etc. What I would say about that is define "need". Right now I "need" to work because I have bills too. Do I "need" the 4 BR house I have? Nope....but I can afford it! We also have 2 turbo jet skis, Honda VTX 1800 (for those that don't know....that is a really big motorcycle!), a Harley Davidson that my hubby just purchased, a Toyota Highlander, Scion tC (DD driving it), Chevy Cobalt, 2 LCD TV's (42 in), 1 tower computer, 3 laptops, Shotgun, rifle, 38, 9mm, ammo, safe to hold them, Diving spear, wetsuits, and all associated scuba gear, including tanks... oh and I could go on with what we have that isn't necessary. We chose a lifestyle and we will work because we enjoy that which working brings us! (Oh, BTW, 7 of the 9 kids are grown....so we can now spend more on us!)

    Some folks can retire. That is great for those who can and want to. All I know is that I go stir crazy at home now (with the kids gone).....and that is only for 1/2 the day!
    DizzyLizzyNurse, KSRN2b, and Paco-RN like this.
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    My 82 yo Dad commented to me that I sent a "Senior Citizen" plumber to help him...my girlfiends son who is 57. Dad doen't think of himself as Sr Citizen cause he bowls 4 days a week, "needs to be puttering around and kept busy and keep my mind sharp"..... plans on living to be 100.

    Over last 5 yrs, my FT RN's have retired at 65-66, working perdiem 2x wk.... oldest retired at 75 when husband ill. Wish we were all like this great people with zest for life.
    KSRN2b, gonzo1, and VickyRN like this.
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    in so many ways i want to say "you go girl!" and on the other hand i want to write every single congressman and legislative leader and ask how come someone in the richest country on earth has to have their elderly people work just to survive and make ends meet. that is just wrong on so many levels.

    if you want to work after 65, choose to work, and physically can great....but no one after that age (65) should have to work just to cover the bare basics.

    i applaude this nurse and at the same time shake my finger at washington dc and say "shame on you." every culture on earth respects and protects their elderly except ours it seems. better health care has us living longer, but it is like the government is sending a double message...we want you to live and prosper and be healthy, but you had better keep working till you fall over dead because we the national debt can't afford for you to live on any of the taxes you've paid in.

    i will get off my soapbox now and slink back under my rock. lol
    RNDreamer, wts82, AZ_LPN_8_26_13, and 7 others like this.
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    Quote from cheyfire
    in so many ways i want to say "you go girl!" and on the other hand i want to write every single congressman and legislative leader and ask how come someone in the richest country on earth has to have their elderly people work just to survive and make ends meet. that is just wrong on so many levels.

    if you want to work after 65, choose to work, and physically can great....but no one after that age (65) should have to work just to cover the bare basics.

    i applaude this nurse and at the same time shake my finger at washington dc and say "shame on you." every culture on earth respects and protects their elderly except ours it seems. better health care has us living longer, but it is like the government is sending a double message...we want you to live and prosper and be healthy, but you had better keep working till you fall over dead because we the national debt can't afford for you to live on any of the taxes you've paid in.

    i will get off my soapbox now and slink back under my rock. lol
    you don't have to crawl back under a rock but this is not the government's fault. good grief no.

    i don't know enough about her circumstances to make a judgment but i have to wonder why she has to work at her age. according to the article, she has been an rn for 20 years and she has been on her own for 16 years so she's not spending her money on her husband's health care costs and if she is able to work so much at her age, then she must be in good health herself (healthcare costs are the number one expense for the elderly).

    20 years is plenty of time for someone to build up a pretty sweet nest egg if you are not chronically ill, are not raising children and don't have any habits to support.

    20 years of a nest egg + social security should be plenty for someone her age to live on assuming she lives till the age of 100.

    but then again, there is likely more to the story so i won't be smug about it.
    DizzyLizzyNurse and rph3664 like this.
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    Quote from noahsmama
    “Part of it is the fact I want to (work), and part of it is the fact I really need to work because I wouldn't have enough money to live,” Morris said. “I mean, I have Social Security, but they're going to cut that down. They're going to cut it down more, that's what I'm afraid of.”

    <shudder> This is my worst nightmare -- still having to work at 81 to make ends meet! Sure hope this isn't me in 29 years!
    You and me both.. Some may find this article charming. I find it terrifying. If I had the means, I would be immediately increasing my 403<b> withholding after reading this.
    RNDreamer, wts82, DizzyLizzyNurse, and 4 others like this.


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