"Older" Nurses Sticking Around According To Survey

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    "The Virginian-Pilot
    © February 21, 2010
    Marjorie J. Shibler has a mortgage.
    Juliette Crichton wants to continue a lifestyle of monthly pedicures and workouts with a personal trainer.
    Luzviminda Jusayan hopes to avoid the boredom and weight gain of staying at home.
    They’re all registered nurses who are old enough to be on Medicare but have no plans to retire."

    Full story here: http://hamptonroads.com/2010/02/surv...ticking-around

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    Marjorie J. Shibler has a mortgage.

    Juliette Crichton wants to continue a lifestyle of monthly pedicures and workouts with a personal trainer.

    Luzviminda Jusayan hopes to avoid the boredom and weight gain of staying at home.

    They’re all registered nurses who are old enough to be on Medicare but have no plans to retire.

    “There’s always going to be a need – forever – because there’s always going to be ill patients,” said Shibler, 73, a medical-surgical nurse at Chesapeake General Hospital . “My future plan is to work at the hospital until I can’t work anymore.”

    Though older nurses are hardly a staple in Virginia health care, a surprising number of those still around intend to stay.

    About 30 percent of the state’s registered nurses between ages 66 and 70 said they planned to work at least another five years, according to a recent survey by the Virginia Department of Health Professions. More than 40 percent of the state’s licensed practical nurses in that age group said they would stay on the job another 10 years or more.

    The trend is helping to temporarily relieve the state’s nursing shortage.

    Full Story: http://hamptonroads.com/2010/02/surv...ticking-around


    Are you all seeing the same thing in your facilities?

    Wiser nurses, are you delaying your retirement? Would love to hear your feedback
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    Thanks for the "wiser nurses" address! I am 46 and have been a nurse for 16 years and a CNA for 4 yrs before that! I see myself working until Medicare eligible and beyond although I do see my role as a hospital nurse being permanently changed to school nursing and nursing education. i will be going back to school as well.
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    I know a couple of 65+ nurses at my facility who are putting off retirement due to their nest eggs being hit so badly by the recent economic crisis. They aren't working out of boredom.
    wooh likes this.
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    I just want to say it to no one in particular:

    I TOLD YOU SO!! Nah nah nah nah!

    Sorry. I just had to get that out of my system for all the nursing shortage believers that peg their hopes on projections of need for nurses. Either we do or we don't need nurses right now. Projections are a waste of time and don't do the profession any favors.
    Not_A_Hat_Person likes this.
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    I like this article. I love older nurses, they are generally much more friendly... Well at least in Hampton Roads anyway. I love it here. :]
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    Threads merged.
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    For so many, it's not about pedicures and other luxuries, but simply survival. Retirement ain't what it used to be for most Americans, and nurses sure are not any different. Most of us can't even count on social security being around by the time we retire even though we have paid into it for years and years. I don't see a time when retirement will be an option for me, unless things change economically for most of us.
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    I really don't have a set age in mind to retire. But if I did I wouldn't molder in front of the TV. My role model would be my mother-in-law who will be 80 in June. She retired from her job teaching middle school at age 56 but has filled her time organizing Book Discussion groups, teaching Spanish to adults in her church, volunteering at the Historical Museum, and playing bridge (which I attempted to learn and failed miserably).

    I do have to take issue with one thing in the article, though (other than the usual "nursing shortage"mantra ) and that is that the younger nurses "think of her as old school because of the time she spends talking to patients". I am certain younger nurses would like nothing more than to be able to spend time talking to patients, if they had the time.
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    This "older nurse" won't be retiring soon, but not because I need my weekly manicures...LOL. Mostly it boils down to a very nasty encounter with our health system for which my insurance company refused to pay...

    I will retire when I simply cannot do the work anymore.


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