Hmm, I guess old meat is tastin' pretty good too. Who says we can only eat the young?
Nurses need to show more respect to the "older" (what ever definition that might be) nurse and consider her/his unique needs. Something we need to start looking at is indeed the length of hours a nurse is required to work each shift. I'm not in favor of this whole mandatory
12 hour shifts the local hospitals have gone to in my area. I think it should be the nurses choice.
We need to consider shortened shift hours. The older nurse is going to have earned the right to retire soon, if we want them to continue to help/contribute, we are going to have to start considering their needs and advocating for them.
Just b/c 12 hours works for me (btw, i used to do 2 16's w/ an 8 off between 12 years ago - can't do that anymore) doesn't mean it is or should be
ideal for everyone.
You know what, just as a little side note too, ever worked somewhere you were so bored, time just dragged and dragged, making you even more tired at the end of the day? Who says these 12 hour shifts just might be a drag to the older nurse who has adapted herself to completing her work in 8 hrs. vs. 12? Maybe it's just not taking her as long to get her sh*t together as some of her "younger" counterparts?