What was the reason you retired, how old were you, and what (if anything) are you doing today?
I have health problems that basically forced me to retire at age 55. I was hoping to make it till 70, but it wasn't meant to be. Now I'm working on my career as a blogger and writer; sometimes it's very slow going, but even though I don't make much money at it I enjoy it a great deal. My next step is to start writing articles here again, and maybe get to work on my first book.
Jun 14, '16
I'm 70 and instead of retiring, I started my own wellness coaching business and now help other nurses who want to focus on wellness start their own businesses as well. We have so many talents it seems a shame to let that go to waste. I don't see myself ever retiring, just working on my own terms helping people stay well.
Last edit by traumaRUs on Jun 14, '16
Jul 20, '16
I will be 70 this August and I was lucky to have gotten into outpt care about 10 years ago after working critical care since I graduated from school. Had been doing part time outpt care and critical care for 10 years before that as my hospital allowed me to split my time like that. Have been working per diem since I retired at 66 but still in the same outpt area I was. Will take my own SSI in August, have been taking only 1/2 of my husband's for now, so will also get the bonus promised us if we wait until 70 to take our SSI. I do get a small pension from my nursing union---enough to pay my taxes---I live in NJ so you know the taxes are a nightmare. I live between 2 daughters and their kids so not interested in moving out of state right now or downsizing my house as the over 55 houses her in my area are expensive (over $400,000) and the taxes are not kind either. It has worked out for me as I saw the writing on the wall many years ago and had paid off my house mortgage by the time my kids entered college, so have paid their college fees and they are both now married so big expenses are over unless I feel to buy another house that would cost more than the one I have had for the last 35 years.
I was very lucky I never got hurt while working all these past years, did have an accident while babysitting though 2 years ago that took awhile to recover from but I was already retired when that happened. Working critical care can certainly take a toll both physically and emotionally. I was glad when I decided to quit critical care as I could not stand the ethical dilemmas we were faced with in regards to allowing the elderly to die peaceful deaths.
Now maybe I might decide to volunteer but that will be all as still helping with 5 grandchildren (I never had that luck with my own kids)
Last edit by lee1 on Jul 20, '16