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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... Read More

  1. Visit  MatrixRn profile page
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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.
  2. Visit  VivaLasViejas profile page
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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.
  3. Visit  HvnSntRN profile page
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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.
  4. Visit  HappyWife77 profile page
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    God Bless and Merry Christmas!!! (((Hugs))) Viva you are a blessing where ever you go!
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  5. Visit  jtmarcy12 profile page
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    Viva I wish you all the best, you offer such encouragement. It is amazing that once we nurses are "used" up we are no longer viable "they" just throw us out to pasture, get another young nurse and the cycle begins all over again. Blessings upon in your new career, I know you will bring such wisdom and compassion and knowledge etc. to your new position. God Bless you
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  6. Visit  MatrixRn profile page
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    Viva. I am glad to hear that you had a good run. When I see posts such as this it does make me think and wonder where the profession of nursing is going.
    Congrats on your transition... I hope your next job is fabulous.
    jtmarcy12 and VivaLasViejas like this.
  7. Visit  merrywhiterose profile page
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    I look forward to a time when I can either retire, or find a job outside of LTC. I've never worked with such a rude, back-stabbing bunch of people in my life.
    VivaLasViejas and gardenia1 like this.
  8. Visit  thisnurseluvzya profile page
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    Wow, I've only been a nurse 3 years and I'm already counting the days until retirement.. I do not understand why this field has to be so demanding. I come home exhausted every day and have taken days off for being sick more times a year than any other position I've held in other fields. Not right.. glad you are making a break!
    Last edit by thisnurseluvzya on Dec 26, '13 : Reason: mispelling
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  9. Visit  VivaLasViejas profile page
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    Now it's totally official. Today I received my notification that I have been selected for the position of Client Care Surveyor, what my job classification and salary are, and when I am to report for work. I feel like an 18-year-old who just got a new car and a scholarship to Harvard. I can't wait to get started!
    Oldest&Ugliest, amoLucia, Emergent, and 4 others like this.
  10. Visit  Mimi2RN profile page
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    Congratulations! With your background you should do well.

    I retired this year at the age of 70. I enjoyed my work, but the politics were getting to me. I've been a NICU RN for years, but management issues and excessive educational requirements, meaning that give your life and your spare time too, finally made a difference. Unfortunately, many of our qualified staff with years of experience have quit, too. That leaves a department with many sick babies and brand new NICU nurses. Some of them will be excellent nurses eventually, but they don't have the right staff to back them up anymore. Management decisions are not always for the good of the unit!

    At my age, it's time for time off. I have a husband with health issues, and although I have a working licence for the next two years, I probably won't use it.

    Good luck and enjoy your new job!
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  11. Visit  SE_BSN_RN profile page
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    Quote from VivaLasViejas
    Now it's totally official. Today I received my notification that I have been selected for the position of Client Care Surveyor, what my job classification and salary are, and when I am to report for work. I feel like an 18-year-old who just got a new car and a scholarship to Harvard. I can't wait to get started!
    Awesome!! I can't wait to hear your surveyor stories!!
    LockportRN and VivaLasViejas like this.
  12. Visit  mso819 profile page
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    i couldn't be happier for you!! i can tell by your post that you have class, poise and professionalism!! i wish you well! i have no doubt you will be an asset in your new position!!
    VivaLasViejas likes this.
  13. Visit  crs1965 profile page
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    Congratulations! And good luck on your new journey.
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