Retired, now what? - page 4

by 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... Read More


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    Quote from nursegirl75
    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.
    Been there, done that. My experience with Kaiser as a call center nurse was anything but relaxing, but within corporate limitations, one could work as few as 20 hours/week (which I did).
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    i, too, was forced to retire medically, very abruptly. the grieving process is all-to-real. at one time i was physically deteriorating and began telephone triage as my "last ditch" effort to continue working. although i missed the hands-on, i found much satisfaction with helping patients on the phone. then i landed in the hospital and never was able to return to work. along with all of my other physical problems, i am now blind. i am a widow, so the struggle financially has been great. i wish i could comfort you somehow, but i know that i had to go through the grieving process in my own time, for the loss of my career. the loss of my career was just as devastating as the loss of a loved one. it's been a year and a half now, and i still struggle. it's not easy, after being so independent, both physically and financially, for so long...and then....boom. all i can say is that i feel your pain, and hope that you can find something to fill the void of wanting to care for someone. i try to do something every day, no matter how small, to let someone know i care. sending cards, emails, etc. to friends, family, etc. helps. forgetting about myself and finding someone who is hurting, to send an email, call...to just be a support to someone....helps. these are little things, but i have found it does fill the void. i have learned to appreciate every precious moment....what appears to be mundane can contain inspiring moments, if you look hard enough. i hope you are able to find some satisfaction in your days ahead, and will be able to reflect on those moments in time when you cared for patient's with great appreciation. those moments made a difference in someone's life. you made a difference, and that has not changed. you still have the ability to make a difference in someone's life today. there is still someone hurting who needs you. i wish you peace.
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    The facility I work at has a phone triage unit. Nurses who work on these units facilitate patient transfers from Doctors office or other facilities to the Hospital. They make sure the correct paper work is in order nd that important test have been completed. They Also make phone calls to discharged patients checking on their well being. With your years of experience you would be great at something like this.
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    That's a very difficult question to answer as far as I'm concerned because I'm still trying to find out for myself what I should do after I got put on permanent disability retirement due to a progressively worsening Retinitis Pigmentosa(RP).I asked my retinal specialist that same question and what she told me was"Do the things that you like to do".I missed working as a nurse for sure but just have to accept the fact and the reality that my nursing career is over after 30+ yrs.Being disabled doesn't mean life will cease to exist.It's just another turning point in our lives that one door closes but another door opens to to a whole new and different perspecive in life that is yet to be explored.There's a lot of support and resources out there,all we have to do is believe in ourselves that we can do this and reach out.Right now,I can use my computer with adaptations and trying to find some re training programs but most of all I'm enjoying quality time with my support ive family...Hope this helps in some ways and thank you for this forum and this awesome site.God bless...
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    I have been doing the monitor tech thing now for 9 months. I just love it! Sometimes I miss hands on care, but I just can't physically do it. They have gotten sick of me saying how much I love coming in to work. But in my first evaluation I was told I have made a difference in morale and got a nice fat raise


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