Hanging It Up - page 3

by VivaLasViejas Guide

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It seems almost unreal: in six days, I will don my scrubs, put my name badge on, and go to work at the nursing home like I have almost every weekend since last July. I will pass meds, listen to hearts and lungs, change a dressing... Read More


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    Nursing is rapidly changing and many of us do not like what we are seeing!
    SE_BSN_RN, gardenia1, HappyWife77, and 8 others like this.
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    I wish you the best Viva!!! You'll always be a nurse at heart
    Esme12 and VivaLasViejas like this.
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    Surveyor? Yummy! I would like to do this too!
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    After burning out of hospital and home health nursing, I am now a State surveyor! My goal is to be fair in judgment and always, always kind in demeanor.
    Benefits? 40-hour workweek, regular hours, low pay but good benefit package. And no more weekend shifts!
    And my team never forgets that we are patient advocates.
    Last edit by osborncs on Dec 25, '13
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    Merry Christmas Viva. Here's wishing you all of the best as you embark on your new adventure. Best of luck in the New Year and beyond. I hope you know that you are a treasure!
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    Congrats. I'm thinking of going towards the dark side also...into human medicine. The pet euthanasia really takes a toll on me. We see a lot of it this time of year. At least I won't be killing patients however I will miss the animals and their people should I leave. I did talk to voc. rehab. Alas since I'm a success story I do not qualify for retraining.

    Fuzzy

    Are there cookies and cocoa of the human side? We just have dog biscuits and catnip on this side.
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    The article strikes me as very sad. I understand Viva has stood tall and moved on, but I cannot help but see a big story behind this. First a job loss in most that led to bedside care and then a decrease in hours from that. I note the age and I am around that bracket myself and in as such fear the same fate..... For me and my fellow nurses who a little older.
    SE_BSN_RN, gardenia1, Marisette, and 1 other like this.
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    Quote from ShillaBSN
    The article strikes me as very sad. I understand Viva has stood tall and moved on, but I cannot help but see a big story behind this. First a job loss in most that led to bedside care and then a decrease in hours from that. I note the age and I am around that bracket myself and in as such fear the same fate..... For me and my fellow nurses who a little older.
    Please don't be sad. I had a good career, it's just time for me to go do something else. Nursing doesn't always chew us up and spit us out in our 50s; with me, it was a combination of physical and mental disabilities that finished me off, and a tough economy just made it harder to find a job within nursing. I'm not sorry to be done; I did everything I wanted to and more. Now I'm simply moving on to my next mission in life.
    Oldest&Ugliest, CHAVNY, scanders77, and 4 others like this.
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    I couldn't agree with you more.

    I turned in my 2 weeks' notice on Monday morning. I've spent the last 3 years in a Level 2 Enhanced Nursery after more than 12 years in Mother-Baby Care. I started my career a bit later than most - I graduated nursing school when I was 34 - and because I was raising my family, didn't want to work full-time until about 5 years ago. Just over a year after going FT, I was affected by redeployment/corporate restructuring and my job on Mother-Baby was made redundant so that RNs could be replaced by RPNs. While I love what I do working with families and their babies, the transition has been incredibly stressful: I've developed health problems that I didn't have 4 years ago, including hypertension, diabetes and anxiety, not to mention the additional stress of entering menopause and experiencing debilitating hot flashes triggered by working in a very warm (26C) environment. I've had to be on medical leave twice since last summer. Clearly, my body is telling me that the job is not a good fit for me. I've fought it tooth and nail, trying to make it work, trying harder, but I'm frustrated, stressed out and approaching burn-out. I have 4 years before I can take early retirement, but I know I can't torture myself in the hospital environment for that long without serious consequences.

    In the new year I'll be starting in a hands-off (TeleHealth) position, it's something that allows me to work with my strengths, and affords me opportunities to grow, that I didn't have as a staff RN. I'm excited to be working shorter shifts, fewer nights and weekends - I can actually make plans and have a life! - I know I'll be able to extend my career by at least 5 - 10 years or more by making this move, without having to start collecting my pension early. I can actually work at getting healthier again, instead of being drop-dead exhausted when I get home from work.

    Like you said, some people thrive in their nursing careers in their 50s - I'm just not one of them. I knew the end was near when I had my 50th birthday in the summer and started knowing exactly how many years, months and days it was until I could officially retire from the hospital.
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    God Bless and Merry Christmas!!! (((Hugs))) Viva you are a blessing where ever you go!
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