At what point are you too old? - page 2

Is there a magic age number when it becomes apparent that you are too old for the OR? I will be a guy at 37 years of age starting hopefully in the OR, what is my expected longevity?... Read More

  1. by   kwamekat1984
    when u cannot perform any activity in ur life based on a disability and age.
  2. by   CDNORRN
    We just hired a 58 year old female to begin orientation soon.
    We have a 68 year female who still works full time, takes call and works weekends.
    I'll be here til they roll me out the back door! lol
  3. by   mikethern
    Whatever your age, take care of your health. Exercise. Do back exercises to strengthen your back to make back injury less likely. Nursing is physically demanding and stressful, so be good to your body.
  4. by   MamaCheese
    One of our per diem nurses is 70 and she's still doing one heck of a job
  5. by   cwinlv
    Quote from cinja
    Is there a magic age number when it becomes apparent that you are too old for the OR? I will be a guy at 37 years of age starting hopefully in the OR, what is my expected longevity?
    I had to chuckle at your comment.... thanks I'm a "new grad" (graduated last May and worked as a gyn-onc floor nurse for 8 months) who was just recently hired in the OR. I'm 48 years old.

    Am I too old? Of course not! Am I as physically fit as I was in my 20's? Of course not! Can I withstand the rigors of OR nursing? Of course I can! I'm used to working 3 or 4 12-hr shifts in a row... so I think I can do 5 8-hour shifts. As for longevity, I hope to remain in the OR until I retire!
  6. by   NabiRN
    Where I used to work, there were at least 5 nurses in their 60's. One per diem nurse was 74 and she was collecting social security while making $60-65/hr when she was in the OR. All the nurses want to be like her when they grow up.
  7. by   lostfromlatex
    Cinja,
    I worked with an O.R. nurse who hung up her scrubs at 77 years old !!

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