I would like to start a topic for nurses who have been RN's for 25-30 years! Let me know what your doing? I am 55 and still working , I know a lot of you are too
! What are you doing?
Jul 16, '04
There's a definite 'generation gap' with the younger nurses I work with too and I find my favorite shifts are spent with nurses in their 40's and older...all at the same points in our lives and educated with similar values.
I'm sure there are many different reasons for this. One night I found myself working with all 20 somethings and the conversation became quite profane and objectionable to me...this didn't happen when I was that age nurse so I don't know what has happened....but oh well. Maybe I'm just getting old and fuddy duddy' ish...LOL. In any case I decided to stay away from them which they noticed and apologized for later...I just shrugged and said "to each his/her own and this is your unit not mine'. (I'm agency and like this freedom...don't have to 'conform').
I too find my role adapting into mentor/teacher/mom to the younger nurses in many cases, and find it easier to relate to them on this level as well. I don't know if its me, them or a combination of both groups (probably the latter)I also avoid being in charge now whenever I can and prefer to be responsible for 'only' my own work...and I do set some limits in my agency work...I no longer will work agency shifts where nurses EMAR as its too time consuming as agency...keeps me sane...LOL!
How are the rest of you coping with all the changes today?
Last edit by mattsmom81 on Jul 16, '04