81 year old nurse still working strong! - page 9

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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    Your opinion ... whatever. Leave me alone.
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    Fifty five? The only people I've ever known who were able to go out so early were folks with defined-benefit pensions and guaranteed, life-time medical insurance. Nowadays, about the only ones able to do so will be the folks with the public-safety pensions and the military folks.

    I'm not thrilled about the prospect of working well into my 70's but I'm even less thrilled at the prospect of being destitute in my 70's.

    Health and fitness... or crash and burn... but deterioration just isn't an option.
    I've only known educators or state jobs where people have retired at 55.
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    That is what I call dedication! I bet she has never been late or called off either...amazing!
    Gives me hope that I too will succeed in a nursing career. Thanks for sharing.
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    I say good for her. Just because somone is old doesn't mean they are confused and frail. We are very long lived in my family, so I'll be working when I'm old. Maybe not full time but per diem.
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    These are people that is really dedicated to what they are doing aside from the fact that they are enjoying it too.
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    I hate to sound like an ageist, but state police are forced to retire at 59 yrs old. There is a reason for that as the physical demands are too great. If a nurse is still working at a SNF or at a hospital much past the age of 60 yrs old, my guess is she mismanaged her finances pretty badly, or really needs the RN wage, for whatever reason. I once worked with a nurse in her 70s who was collecting SS and a pension from a state hospital. I could not get enough hours on the job because she would not give up any of her shifts. SHe was defective, nasty, and on light duty. SHe could not handle the physical demands of the job, but showed up daily to collect a paycheck she wasnt earning. Mandatory retirement should become law.
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    I hate to sound like an ageist, but state police are forced to retire at 59 yrs old. There is a reason for that as the physical demands are too great. If a nurse is still working at a SNF or at a hospital much past the age of 60 yrs old, my guess is she mismanaged her finances pretty badly, or really needs the RN wage, for whatever reason. I once worked with a nurse in her 70s who was collecting SS and a pension from a state hospital. I could not get enough hours on the job because she would not give up any of her shifts. SHe was defective, nasty, and on light duty. SHe could not handle the physical demands of the job, but showed up daily to collect a paycheck she wasnt earning. Mandatory retirement should become law.
    Your own words may come back to bite you when you get older. You think someone who needs to work past 60y must have mismanaged their finances pretty badly? How naive are you? Did you pay attention at all to what happened to the stock market several years ago? What if a 60y old nurse wants to work? Are you suggesting when you're 60y you should be put out to pasture? FWIW, both of my parents (early 70s) still work PT to supplement their SS and retirement income, not because they want to but because they need to. I can guarantee you, they did not mismanage their finances badly.

    I think this has more to do with you not getting the hours you want than anything else. I agree that it's sad if an 81y old nurse has to work because of finances, but there was a very good explanation for this in the article. Did you read it?
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    Quote from looking for work
    I hate to sound like an ageist, but state police are forced to retire at 59 yrs old.
    Sure... but then again, cops have defined-benefit pensions and often get life-time medical insurance to boot... not to mention presumptive work-related status for injuries and diseases.

    If I got a cop's deal, I'd be out by 60 FOR SURE.
    Mandatory retirement should become law.
    Only if it comes with mandatory defined-benefit pensions and medical insurance.
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    The demands of the nursing field are becoming greater each day and each year. If you want to work well into your 70's go work at a hallmark store and get some of these new grads in the door. I would rather have a fresh, newer nurse taking care of me, than one at the ripe old age of 81. If you really have to work, then work I guess. But a person with full social security and a generous government pension doesnt need to be stepping on the feet of other nurses when she is on light duty and cant handle the job. Every time I went to that job, I was saying RETIRE ALREADY under my breath of course.
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    Quote from looking for work
    The demands of the nursing field are becoming greater each day and each year. If you want to work well into your 70's go work at a hallmark store and get some of these new grads in the door. I would rather have a fresh, newer nurse taking care of me, than one at the ripe old age of 81. If you really have to work, then work I guess. But a person with full social security and a generous government pension doesnt need to be stepping on the feet of other nurses when she is on light duty and cant handle the job. Every time I went to that job, I was saying RETIRE ALREADY under my breath of course.
    Who has a generous government pension, wow, retire already, why because you want her to, I am sixty years old and believe me I will work as long as I want and not in a hallmark store but as a nurse, Your words may come back to bite you one day.
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