How did retirement changed your life? Was it a dream or a nightmare come true? - page 2

Hi everyone.:) I don't even know if I'm asking the right question but all I know was this is the place for retirees or inactive nurses to gain more information on the subject matter. I am a young new retiree due to some... Read More

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    Quote from HazelLPN
    Had I worked full time days, I wouldn't still be in nursing...I would probably be dead!
    Sadly I agree. After 32 yrs of full time work, I had a CVA 5 yrs ago. Stress-induced no doubt as I have no risk factors. It's been a long, slow recovery. Up until a year ago, I couldn't stay on the PC more than a half-hour. Now that I am about 95% recovered, I am bored and cannot find any enjoyable hobbies/interests soooo I am enrolling in an online MSN program. I figure if I can complete the course-work succesfully, I may be able to work at least part-time. The most important thing is keeping the mind active.
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    Quote from sl393l
    I retired last year at the age of 58. I had been a nurse for 38 years and wasn't ready to retire, but our union contract was starting to be negoiated and I would have lost half of my healthcare being paid for and my pension would have changed and I didn't want to lose those benefits. I wasn't prepared to retire and no future plans, it was kind of a sudden decision after several long talks with the union president . I knew I would have to work as I still had a house and car payment and wouldn't have retired for another 4-5 years. I took 5 months off and now work part time as a clinical assistant and clinical instructor at a local community college.
    I didn't realize until I retired how burnt out I was. My caring well was dry. Initially, I was going to take a month off and go back to work, but everytime I thought about it a feeling of dread came over me and i knew I wasn't ready. Everyone I talked to who was retired said take some time off to de-stress and figure out what you want to do, and I am glad I did.It gave me time to rest and connect again with family. I neice stayed with me on and off for 2 weeks, and I never would have been able to forge a stronger connection with her if I worked full time.
    You find ways to fill your time when you are not working. I lost weight, exercised every day and became more fit,had more energy, read more, worked in the garden more, took up knitting and crosstitch again, and took a moment to just sit on the front porch and read a book, which was heaven. I even started to miss being a nurse. I missed talking to my former co-workers.
    I think you expand old interests or discover new interests when you retire and have more time. The only downside is that now you are living on a fixed income, and expenses go up but your income doesn't. You now have the time to do more, but not always the money. I was used to shopping on my days off work, maybe as a stress reliever and now I have to budget my shopping time, which was a learning experience for me.
    I enjoy working again with nursing students and feel I can offer them my experiences of 38 years of nursing. They are giving me back some of the enthusiasm I had being a nurse before I became burned out. Working only 20 hrs a week still gives me time for other pursuits. I also don't work when the college is closed and no longer have force my way into work during a blizzard because hospitals never close, but colleges do.I also can take summers off , which is nice.
    This sounds so would be the best if the money were better to be retired...sounds like
    u r living the life!!
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    Hazel, we really need experienced nurses like you who really know what to do. Best wishes to you's also really good to know one's limitations, but it sounds like you'd have no problem with
    doing a few hours here and there...too bad that institutions are so hard lined on everyone doing 12 hour shifts. Writing a book is a great suggestion...I'd love to read it!!
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    If part time volunteering is something you feel you can do, the American Red Cross desparately needs nurses. You can volunteer in blood drives, service to the Armed Forces, helping people displaced in house fires, working in an emergency shelter--all addressing health care needs. Contact your closest Red Cross to find out more. Or email me.
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    consider hospice vulunteer work
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    I retired in June at the age of 70. I graduated from nursing school in 1986, did a stint on med/surg, moved to Peds and when management decided we didn't need a Peds unit or dedicated Peds nurses we decided it was time to relocate.My Peds experience with neonates was very useful as I found a position in a small NICU. At first, we had the local Pediatricians taking care of their own NICU babies, and any really sick ones were transferred out. That has really changed, we still send some babies out, but they have to have major issues, including the need for surgery. Our nurses have been up to the challenge, and with Neonatologists and hospitalists we have had a thriving unit. Unfortunately, there have been management issues, and it was a good time to leave. I do miss working, and my co-workers, but I don't miss the garbage.

    Anyway, I have enjoyed having time to do whatever comes up. At this point, I have a husband with health issues, so I go with him to most of his drs appointments. We have scheduled several trips, including a Road Scholar one next month. If you haven't heard of them, they used to be called Elderhostel. There is an educational component to their trips, they cater to adults over the age of 50. Also you can take a granddchild on a intergenerational trip. I did that a week after I retired with my 10 yr old granddaughter, it was great fun for both of us.

    I realize that many people have financial issues after retiring, at this point we are fine. I have kept my license active, so if I feel the need I could do some work per diem. I could do volunteer work, but at this point that's not happening. I'm still on one board, and that's enough for me. I'm just hoping my husband stays healthy enough to be active for a few more years.
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    Thanks all for your comments,I really appreciated it.It meant a lot to me....

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