81 year old nurse still working strong! - page 3

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

  1. Visit  NRSKarenRN profile page
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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.
  2. Visit  Scarlette Wings profile page
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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.
  3. Visit  SharonH, RN profile page
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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.
  4. Visit  OCNRN63 profile page
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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.
  5. Visit  OCNRN63 profile page
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    Quote from Paco69
    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!
    Sit around waiting to die? Good God, I can think of a million things I could do to fill up a day rather than work.
    RNDreamer, dee122381, Otessa, and 8 others like this.
  6. Visit  AZ_LPN_8_26_13 profile page
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    I'm 58 and in block 2 of nursing school - a story like this is inspirational and gives me hope, yet I hope that I'm not having to still work to make a living at 81. Maybe something like teaching part time after putting twenty good years of experience in.
    NaKcl, WunMsJayLPNtoRN, and KSRN2b like this.
  7. Visit  mb1949 profile page
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    I have a neighbor who is 78 years young still working in a SNF, been an RN for over 55 years, she occasionally wears the dress, hose, cap outfit, but always wears white, pants and shirt, she's a pistol, heard the other nurses and CNA's in the facility are awed by her energy, best nurse in the place. She's my idol, I can;t even think about retiring I will probably work as long as physcially possible.
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  8. Visit  Multicollinearity profile page
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    We have an RN who is 68. He is very slow, and he makes a lot of minor mistakes. Nothing major like medication errors. We are careful to schedule him when he's always with another RN and not alone on duty. He cannot handle being the only RN on duty well. He cannot physically run to emergencies on our massive campus carrying our "code bag," and he gets flustered sometimes, but generally does OK.

    I see no problem with some accommodations like this for an older worker who is slow, but tries. (I am not saying all older workers are slow.)

    I'd like others to be a bit gentle and help me out if I'm working when I'm that old.
    WunMsJayLPNtoRN likes this.
  9. Visit  KSRN2b profile page
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    Peggy Morris and all other RNs out there going strong in their 70s and 80s with attitude to boot, YOU ARE MY HEROES!!!!! Posters who are sad for them, no need to be. They aren't! WOW! Thank you OP for sharing! This absolutely made my day!
    futureRN_Anastasia likes this.
  10. Visit  futureRN_Anastasia profile page
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    In the hospital where I volunteer there are tons of volunteers in their 70s. I admire them, and I REALLY admire Granny Morris. Such an amazing attitude! Such brave career change in her late fifties. If I ever live to her age, I hope I will be still working out of willingness to work.
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  11. Visit  Pappilli0n profile page
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    This is a strange story, indeed. Two reasons come to mind. First and probably foremost is why can't this woman live on her Social Security (started to work, when?) and her nursing pension (25 years accumulation)? Since I don't plan to live 'til 100 I think I'll be okay on mine.,,,,approx 40 yrs Social Security and 20 years nursing pension.
    Second reason probably should be a discussion of her age and how the body ages, blah, blah, blah. NOPE, that's not it. There's more to this story I'm sure. And that is, giving this woman her rights AND being POLITICALLY CORRECT. She apparently is enjoying her rights but I don't understand how a hospital management can continue to say that she measures up to the qualifications, mental, physical and psychological that are
    requirements of any nurse to sustain her duties. Being polite and nice to someone because she is older and no doubt very sweet and very much wanting to prove her abilities is not in the good of the patients she is caring for.
    Having worked around a few older patients as probably most every nurse has, I'm sure we've all talked with them and picked up on the little physical and mental discrepancies that show up in a good evaluation and assessment of just where they are on a scale of 1 to 10. I would never put someone down whom I know in their heart of hearts believe they're a 10, when in fact, they're barely a 7 or 8. Nursing requires the 10 or for real a high 9.

    Here's another small detail we must entertain. Besides nursing being difficult it also can become quite repetitious and downright boring. THEREFORE goes ones determination and interest in meeting new challenges of one's job.
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  12. Visit  rph3664 profile page
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    Quote from futureRN_Anastasia
    In the hospital where I volunteer there are tons of volunteers in their 70s. I admire them, and I REALLY admire Granny Morris. Such an amazing attitude! Such brave career change in her late fifties. If I ever live to her age, I hope I will be still working out of willingness to work.
    The hospital here in town has volunteers in their 90s.
    Otessa likes this.
  13. Visit  jodybird profile page
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    OMG! unbelievable. What has this world come to? I have been a nurse for 36 yrs and have seen nurses in their 70s but this tops it. I hope to be nursing for another 10 yrs or so, but God help me if it's longer. It is very tiring to do 12 hr shifts. I'll bet she puts her feet up and crashes when she gets home! God bless her!:redpinkhe
    Otessa likes this.

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