Mature Nurses over 50 - page 7

Hi, I'm taking a poll......who is still in Nursing and 50 or over and what field are you in!! Sue age 56 :chuckle... Read More

  1. by   rn/writer
    thanks, sue, for starting this thread. i just turned 50 a couple of months ago and was feeling a little the worse for wear. i started wanting to tell people i was forty-ten. just as i was finally getting a grip, i started a new job and walked into a huge classroom full of new grad chickie poohs who are, oh so fresh-faced and adorable, but who are mostly young enough to be my kids.

    what a joy to hear from all of you.

    i'm in the orientation phase of post-partum at a hospital that delivers nearly 5000 babies a year. i didn't realize, when i went for the interview, that this place does not do ldrp. it's so big that they can have completely different units and staffing for ldr and pp. initially, i was disappointed but now i think god was looking out for me. pp is a place where both my rn experience and my mothering experience can be of use. i have six kids and nine g-kids. [ my two oldest girls, 31 and 30,each have four children and daughter number three, 29, has one and is trying again. son #1 (26), daughter #4 (23), and son #2 (19) haven't even started yet.] i've been there for most of the g-kids births and have gotten many a frantic phone call asking for information and reassurance. i want to help new moms learn to trust their instincts and see themselves as capable and strong builders of life. yeah, i know there will be some who shouldn't be having kids but we used to have unwed mothers and their babies as foster kids and some of them did really well.

    i'm working a .6 fte noc shift. i love nights. my husband of 32 years also works nights and, while our schedule isn't for everyone, it's great for us.

    the nice thing that i've started to realize--and this thread certainly confirmed my thoughts--is that i feel much more relaxed at this stage of my life. money's not as tight as when the kids were growing up and we have a bit of freedom that still seems naughty at times. i've learned that very few things deserve worry or panic or regret. someone else said you learn to work smarter, not harder. i have the perspective to feel truly grateful for what has brought me here and i have slowed down just enough to let moments of utter joy creep up on me.

    i like the saying, "age is a state of mind over matter. if you don't mind, it doesn''t matter.

    miranda f.

  2. by   hunter-belle
    I just joined this site today and was thrilled to see lots of oldtimers as well as new grads.

    I'm 56 and have been in management for 10 years. We moved to Maryland last year so I thought it might be a good idea to return to the bedside. Got a part time job on a busy medical floor but the pace is brutal! Guess I've been out of the loop too long. Anyway, I'm pretty unhappy and I know I'll be moving on soon but having worked in hospitals for my whole career, I'm having a hard time deciding what direction to take.

  3. by   hunter-belle
    I'm looking for a new direction. Perhaps hospice is an answer. Very interesting, oncalllorraine. I'd love to hear more.


    Quote from oncalllorraine
    i am only 51 yrs old, and just changed work avenues from 25 the er to being a hospice nurse, full time,on call--and loving the change! this is a definite change of pace-hard to slow down at first. wish i had done this sooner-rewarding work, and always learning. nursing does not prepare us well for end of life care/issues-alot of self-learning. i would eventually like to incorporate some travel nurse...same field, if anyone has experience here...lorraine
  4. by   MrsDeeDubs
    I will be 50 in January and will be graduating nursing school in May. I am not the oldest in my class; in fact, we have a guy in his 60s who's just starting out. For anyone thinking they're too old, I say that's bologna, go ahead and DO IT! I haven't been this happy in years and I'm loving every minute. I have wisdom and life experience on my side and I think the patients can appreciate that.
  5. by   scooterRN52
    Quote from MrsDeeDubs
    I will be 50 in January and will be graduating nursing school in May. I am not the oldest in my class; in fact, we have a guy in his 60s who's just starting out. For anyone thinking they're too old, I say that's bologna, go ahead and DO IT! I haven't been this happy in years and I'm loving every minute. I have wisdom and life experience on my side and I think the patients can appreciate that.

    I will be 56 in feb. 2006 and I am still working in a hospital on a stepdown, surgical oncology unit that specializes in head, neck and thorasic surgery.
    I work 7pm til 7am and I am thinking about going ona shift where I can be home in my bed sleeping at night.
  6. by   compassion1
    Hi! I'm 56 and have been an LPN since '70. Worked 19 yrs in a hospital, worked LTC for almost 10 yrs. as charge nurse and 2 yrs. as night supervisor at an ALF for dementia pts. Moved from CT. to FL. I've worked hospice for almost 2 yrs and have loved it. It's been like a ministry. Unfortunately, Dec 14 I had a seizure at Universal Orlando as we headed to the exit. I'm feeling pretty good but as my job entails driving and FL says no driving for 6 mos. post seizure, I am now on a medical LOA/disability. But I'm still nurse to the bone, even if it's getting to be a "lazy bone".
  7. by   oncalllorraine
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    you sound like you have an interest,or desire to do hospice, and thats how it all starts out. just go with your gut feeling. thats the great thing about nursing-too many avenues to go do, so follow your heart and do the work, and if its not for you- you've still learned imense lesson. that being said, you probably would just love my job! i find it satisfying to be able to allow caregivers the confidence that they can make their loved one comfortable, and when in doubt, being their to support. it is very different from the hospital scene tho'...your pt/family are on their terrritory-not yours. so you do have to be flexible,and able to respect each family's own 'system'- many being dysfunctional, and many an inspiration. the majority of our pts. have very peacefull death.much more than i ever saw in hospital. plus familys come together, reach goals, and teach us about what matters each day---and only one day at a time, do any of us get. it can be humbling- the expression, 'death is the great equalizer' means you learn to no longer judge people by their 'wrapper'-color, religion, class, house,or money.
    such a privledge- and familes are truly grateful for any help, relief, encouragement, and basically just 'presence'.
    there is alot to learn tho'- whole nother story! they don't teach this stuff in nursing school.
    happy new year!
  8. by   spidermonkey
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  9. by   oncalllorraine
    [font="courier new"] you must be very flexible,and skilled. i hope that will ward off my alzheimers by learning some new tricks. what was your favorite area?
  10. by   DutchgirlRN
    50 y/o. One day a week Med/Surg/Telemtry Charge and PRN Home Health and loving Home Health.
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  12. by   LadyJRN
    Hi, I graduated as an ADN when I was in my early 40's. (43 I think) I am 59 now. I worked on med/surg, telemetry and specialized CHF floor, step down at the hospital and now I am a clinical manager in long term care. I manage 2 units; about 72 beds. I just love it!! I plan on working until I can't walk anymore! LOL

    I sometimes miss working at the hospital, but my back can't take bedside care anymore. LTC is really great because I get to know the whole family, from the resident to the great grand kids. At the hospital the patients were in and out in just a few days.

    Getting my RN was the best thing I ever did for myself. I went back to school when I still had 4 kids at home, but they were all in school. I couldn't have done it without the encouragement of my husband and kids. My husband was my cheerleader while I was in school. I had been a stay at home mom before becoming a nurse. My husband died unexpectedly 4 years after I became a RN. I don't know what I would have done without my education because I had to finish raising 4 kids.

    Nursing has been very good to me. I just love the diversity in this profession. Never let age stop you from doing anything. It is just a number.
  13. by   carlyerrn
    I'm 52 and work in the emergency department..I've been a nurse for 32 years and have just about had enough of it all.