Retired, now what? - page 3

I have worked 29 years as an RN and am now retired due to a medical issue. How do I adapt? I so miss the giving of care, the day to day emergencies, the (yes) charting. Nursing was so much a part of my sole, my being. The... Read More

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    Could you not do work as a telephone nurse? Perhaps you could look into that?
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    Quote from carolmaccas66
    I think this is great advice.
    What hobbies do you do Warpster?
    As my name suggests, I'm a weaver. I also spin, dye, knit, crochet, sew and do just about anything with a handful of fluff that can be done. And now that I'm not exhausted from working 12 hour night shifts, I'm getting better at it.
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    With your experiences, why don't you work at the call center as a call nurse? There are hospitals like Kaiser that has call centers, where patients call nurses who help guide the patient with diagnosis or help the patient book appointments with doctors. My school did a rotation there and it was amazing.

    many of the nurses there had years of experiences and didn't want to do bed-side nursing anymore so they used their nursing knowledge at the call center. The nurses there are so relaxed and enjoy what they were doing.
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    Moving to Retired or Inactive Nurses forum.
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    I am not quite retired..but may very well be soon by the nursing job market as a beat up old nurse of 55. While I am still applying for work, I fill my "nursing needs" by volunteering for CASA as an advocate in the foster/family court system for unwanted, dropped through the system's cracks, children. does not pay xyz/ hr but I am making a bigger contribution than any other nursing job I have ever had. Not sure what state you are in, but bing/google "volunteer child advocate" take the training..get out there and fill you heart with the love of an unwanted child....and who could be a brand new career with pay and benefits down the line. My nurse friend did this and now she is a program manager. Never give up!!!!
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    After 35 yrs of critical care nursing, I found myself disabled and forced into retiring. I hated it! There some things I loved in some areas and one of those was rhythm interpretations. I found a job as a monitor tech and I love it! No walking, no patients, and no visitors. I work 11-7 so no bosses either. It kinda felt weird not having nursing responsibilties but I like it. The pay isn't much less than what I had when I was a nurse 6 yrs ago. I only work 3 days a week, so I don't lose my disability. It is so much nicer to have a little money in the middle of the month too.
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    I retired 3 yrs ago and did prn nursing until September 2011 when I totally retired. I have inherited twin boys who are now 12 yrs old. The financial burden is getting more each year and I need to go back to work part-time to supplement my income. I feel like I still have a lot to offer but don't want to go back to bedside nursing. I am an RN and worked 33 yrs. I have done house supervision, ER nursing, Maternal Child nursing and house supervision. I do not want more than 2 days a week. I will also work two 4 hr shifts if needed. I have thought about doing relief work, either at a clinic or school nursing but don't know how to find these type of jobs. Does anyone know how I can get started. I have also taught fetal monitoring for a couple of yrs.
    Last edit by red2150 on Dec 31, '11 : Reason: repetitive
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    I'd go to Walmart and be a greeter.

    You'll get paid and you can use your interpersonal skills dealing with the customers.
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    May God bless you financially and physically. You really do have the heart of a nurse and this profession was blessed to have you for all of those yrs. I know that it isn't easy giving up something that you love to do, but hang in there and try to do some things that you can enjoy.
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    Quote from sueff
    I have worked 29 years as an RN and am now retired due to a medical issue. How do I adapt? I so miss the giving of care, the day to day emergencies, the (yes) charting. Nursing was so much a part of my sole, my being. The first 18 years in peri-natal, the last 11 years in Alzheimer's - dementia and geriatrics. Two years ago I was one of the 25% to survive a ruptured brain aneurysm.

    No one would hire me. Retirement was abrupt. I able to admit now that physically and mentally I am no longer able to nurse. It has taken 2 long years for me to recognize this.

    The prognosis was not good. Plans were being made to put me in a nursing home. With my stubborn nurses's will I refused. I am now self sufficient physically, not financially. The facilities I worked in had no retirement, no 401k. There is no compensation for all the years I gave my time, my family time, my week ends and holidays. I wound up with mega-bills even after insurance payments. I get by..barely on social security.

    My biggest problem is that I so miss caring for people. I miss giving my eight hours of love and concern to my patients. I miss procedures that are so routine to those of you still on the floor. I miss little things like starting IVs, monitoring wounds, seeing a short moment of lucidity in a Alzheimer's - dementia patient. I miss creeping into a elderly patient's room at the end of the shift, just to hold their hand and smooth their forehead. I miss the trusting smile.

    I was able to care for two friends in their terminal last days as a nurse. I kept them in their own homes for their last days. That was my goal. I would not have had this opportunity if I were still working. I was also able to use my long embedded nursing skills to save two lives in odd places.

    What do I do now..just sit and watch TV. Play on the computer, knit? I know I still have the skills, the love in my heart for nursing, but the physical, mental, endurance is gone. The loss of nursing is almost at devastating as the loss of a loved one.

    Those of you just starting out in your profession, know this...You may have bad shifts, become frustrated with "the system" burned out...what ever the term... looking back, it was all worth it.

    Just tell me what is there for me to do now????
    Welcome to the real world.

    You are right, we don't get taken care of, no pension, small 401(k) if any, etc. unless you happened to have worked for only one company the entire time AND they had a good pension plan (like the VA does).

    I, too, live on social security only and it can be done, particularly if your total income is low enough that you qualify for HUD housing. Here are a couple sites to check out, if that is the case: and

    There comes a point where remaining in mounring/grieving a loss is NOTHING but destructive. If the volunteer opportunities others have suggested, and perhaps, pastoral nursing with some local religious organization, are not suitable, it may well be time to LET GO.

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