81 year old nurse still working strong! - page 6

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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 CrabbyPatty
    "nursing pension"???? Where do you get a nursing pension??? I want to work there!!!!!!
    Unionized Canada.
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    Quote from Fiona59
    Unionized Canada.
    I work for a union in the US and I don't get a pension. I have a 401(k), but that ain't no pension!
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    Hi Everyone,
    I'm a student LVN and I started at the ripe old age of 65+ .

    My attitude is this "If Peggy Morris can do it, So Can I!"
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    Quote from tencat
    I'm sorry that someone has to work at 81. It's just sad. I know it's going to become more and more common as many poised to retire now have no savings and those who will retire later will not have Social Security available. It's still a pity.
    It is a disgrace that the richest country in the world is taking the bread away from it's senior citizns while we support so many lazy good for nothing having a baby every nine months breeders and many are not even legal,we send billions to stupid countries where women are mistreated, we misuse technology to save even the most futile no quality of life cases, we are creating a tax burden so great nothing will be able to save us not even working til 99.!!
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    Does anyone realize that there will be zero resources for those of us in future years? We are using everything up now. There will be zero available in 10 plus years, if not sooner. I am glad Peggy wants to work but some people will not be able to, especially if they have back injuries from working so many years.
    CCL RN and KSRN2b like this.
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    Quote from Leader25
    It is a disgrace that the richest country in the world is taking the bread away from it's senior citizns while we support so many lazy good for nothing having a baby every nine months breeders and many are not even legal,we send billions to stupid countries where women are mistreated, we misuse technology to save even the most futile no quality of life cases, we are creating a tax burden so great nothing will be able to save us not even working til 99.!!
    It's not just the poorer welfare queens. It's also the super rich corporate welfare queens who pay no more than 5% taxes, if anything at all.
    HazelLPN and KSRN2b like this.
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    I think it is fantastic she wants to work at 81, but it is a shame she HAS to work! My mom worked till 79, retired due to health and then passed within 4 mos. I remember her being disappointed as she wanted to work till she was 80,, her mind was sharp, it was the body that gave out. She was not a nurse but managed a multimillion dollar worldwide company. She worked because she said it kept her out of trouble. My father on the other hand retired at 53, and lived his dream of being able to play golf anytime he wanted.

    The fact that this woman works 3- 12's is totally amazing. Kiddos to her
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    I'm disturbed by the assumption made by several posters that age causes a lack of acuity. A lot of the problems associated with age do, but not all elderly have those problems. There are young/er nurses who don't pay attention, aren't alert, and just not careful. I'd rather have a competent 81 yo over a complacent or uncaring young nurse any day. As for having to work at that age - she said she has a lot of hobbies, maybe they're expensive. I know an 81 yo flight attendant who still works because it keeps her active, though she often says it's because she has to. (And you'd never guess she is 81 - she is agile and quick and light on her feet - just looks like she's gotten a lot of sun!
    I am inspired!
    HazelLPN, KSRN2b, Paco-RN, and 1 other like this.
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    Quote from Leader25
    It is a disgrace that the richest country in the world is taking the bread away from it's senior citizns while we support so many lazy good for nothing having a baby every nine months breeders and many are not even legal,we send billions to stupid countries where women are mistreated, we misuse technology to save even the most futile no quality of life cases, we are creating a tax burden so great nothing will be able to save us not even working til 99.!!
    Whilst I do understand your sentiment one must understand the Protestant Ethic on which the United States was founded and indeed governed and or shaped much of it's laws and customs means one should provide for one's self. If in the end of things one's choices left the kitty bare in the winter of one's life, then that was *not* by and large the state's problem. Social Security was a huge lift, and had it not been for the Great Depression and the suffering wrought on the elderly by that event, it may never have come into being.

    Much of the nurse in the OP's woes come from the old way of thinking that a female was to be provided for by a husband; both during his lifetime and after his death. A girl was supposed to tend her assets and choose her future to get a husband that was the best provider for herself and any children. There are many of us not *that* old who remember a time when no self respecting husband *let* his wife go out to work. I was seen as shameful to his male pride that he alone couldn't provide for his family.

    Of course then as now women including married women went out to work either out of necessity or simply because they wanted to. However it has only been rather recently that females in this country have begun earning any *big money*. While women still earn on average 75 cents to each dollar a man brings in, the gap is closing.

    For the nurse in the OP, during the time she was coming up employment choices open to women (which would have both contributed to her SS and finances) were few and paid very little. The two main areas, school teaching and nursing in particular whilst having decent respect within the community, pay was the pits. The other choice, going into a nunnery paid nothing!

    Am not defending the position this nurse is in, but at least she was and is able to ameliorate her lot. There are plenty of women (and men for that matter) in the same position with few options.
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    I don't understand why people are berating an 81-year-old still having to work. If it makes her happy, gives her a purpose in life and she remains competent at what she does, who are we to dictate that she should retire and live a life we think is more appropriate for someone her age? I find her a great role model for age being just a freaking number!
    GadgetRN71, pinkchris2000, and KSRN2b like this.


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