For Sale: Used Nurse. Dirt Cheap! - page 9

I'm not sure if it's because I was a good deal older than many of my classmates when I graduated from nursing school and found out very quickly that I was nowhere near as smart as I thought I was, or... Read More

  1. by   RNBillieBSN
    This could have been written by me...several years ago. After graduation from RN school, I worked on Med-Surg, ER, ICU and for a couple of physicians offices. I had worked 20 years as a charge nurse in a 312 bed long term care facility before becoming an RN, so I returned as the 3-11 Nursing Supervisor. I was there a little over five years, when I decided I needed to be at home in the evenings. My youngest son was still in school and I felt I should be at home. So, without any experience I accepted a position as the Clinical Director for a brand new agency.
    I was in this position for almost ten years, when my son was killed in a shooting accident. The agency had become like my "baby" in a way. I was there when we got our first patient. I acted as the CNA until we built up a patient base to hire one, in addition to doing all of the nursing duties and the directors duties. I was also on call 24/7/365. The agency was Medicare deficiency free the entire time I was there. After I lost my son, it was just too much being there. Every time the phone rang or the door opened I thought it may be him calling or coming to see me. I left and held several other director positions in other agencies. I finally felt like I found THE one where I could stay until I retired, but the owner let me go and did away with my position.
    After that, I went to another agency out of town, not in a director position, but as the visiting home health nurse. I was in my late 50's and was unsure I was physically able to do it. But I was able to see my patients. I met some of the loveliest, nicest people and just fell in love with all of them.
    i had to go out on disability/retirement due to a diagnosis of Mysthenia Gravis. But I miss seeing my patients more than I ever thought I would. I feel like I still have a lot of nursing knowledge to impart to others, I just can't do a lot of ambulating or working an 40 hour shift. Anyone know how I may be able to use this to supplement my disability, please let me know. I've been in nursing 40+ years.
  2. by   nursetaylor
    This is truly an amazing article and I am so thrilled that you have shared it. I became a nurse in my 50's and now finishing up my Master degree in Nursing Education at 65. I also fell in love with long-term care and spent many years there. I was a unit manager for two large long-term care facilities and I loved the job. However, the hours I had to work to meet the position requirements resulted in my practically living at the job and began to affect my health. The money wasn't worth the stress and when someone called off and a replacement could not be found I ended up on the cart as a floor nurse until a replacement was found. Then when a replacement was found, I would begin my own job. No more management jobs for me. I am in my last class as I write this for my Masters and then I will teach nursing students. There are many things that I have learned through the years as well as what you have shared that I will be sharing with my nursing students. Thank you so much for sharing your story as you have helped so many nurses see the light.
  3. by   VivaLasViejas
    Thank you! I wrote this several years ago and had actually forgotten about it since I've moved on and in fact have retired. (To be honest, I'm disabled but I prefer to call it "retirement".) I appreciate your comments.