Hello. Question for all you retirees. How many years did you put in before you retired? Or how many of you are planning to retire and how many years do you have? What age? I have 10 years and I'm planning on retiring (joking).
I've been a nurse for 41 years and have no current plans to retire. I spent 38 years at the bedside, and have been in academia the last few. I'm in good health, of sound mind (I think), and like what I do. I can't even fathom what I would do with myself if I didn't have a job. Honestly.
Wow 41 years. Thats impressive. Ive heard thats its always a good thing to keep oneself busy and that retirement isn't what its cracked up to be.
I am also approaching my 41 year anniversary as a nurse. I graduated with my BSN in the spring of 1977. Right now, I am planning on retirement in about 4 years, at my full retirement age of 66 and a few months. But that is a flexible date. Financially, I can afford to retire earlier -- and I might do that if I find myself getting too frustrated at work. But I can also imagine working a little longer if things are going well.
My thoughts change as I have good days and bad days at work. Like today, when I had to get up exceptionally early for a class, I thought, "If I were retired, I could stay in bed longer." But when I want to purchase luxury items, I think, "If I were retired, I might not be able to afford this. I am glad I am still working and can afford to splurge on some nice things.)
Nursing is second career for me, been a nurse since 1992. I will be 60 this year and plan to work till at least 65. I had a bad health issue last year and don't feel safe with just one health insurance - need primary and secondary. Hedging my bets you know
Had 35 years as a nurse and went 2 months before my 62nd birthday.
Don't miss it at all and find things to do, we recently got a puppy so that keeps me active and I volunteer in a museum.
Had a lot of health issues over the years and was taking painkillers every time I worked and was getting fed up of my management and patients. Woke up one morning and said "time to go." Best decision I made. And in 3 years time I get a state pension to add to my works pension.
Happiest nurses I know are the ones who retired in their 60's and now say "I don't know how I found time to work."
I'm in my 32nd year and plan to do another 7 or 8 years, primarily because of the way the pension works in my current job.
Looking forward to finishing, and plan on being a dogwalker, or something similar, and spending more time helping out in an animal shelter.
Also planning to travel more!
Love that last quote from Grumpy!