Dear Nurse Beth,
I am 59 year old RN with 39 years experience in ICU, occupational health nursing, home health, and case management. In the last year, I have been fired twice and recently asked to leave another position. I'm told I am no longer safe to provide bedside care. I am physically healthy, just a slower physically and not as good at multi-tasking, etc. I still need to work. What kind of specialty do you recommend?
Dear No Longer Safe,
I'm sorry you are going through this, I can't imagine how difficult it must be.
You are framing this as a job fit problem, but it could be an aptitude/health problem. Before you move on to your fourth job, take a step back and re-evaluate.
Losing three jobs in one year means you are unable to meet minimum performance expectations. Many nurses leave the bedside by choice at your age, but don't necessarily lose their skills suddenly or quickly lose three jobs in a row.
First I would get a complete physical and explain to your provider you have difficulty multi-tasking and any other cognitive changes. Do you have memory loss? Are you slow to process and prioritize?
There are non-bedside nursing positions that are far less intense than bedside nursing. Register on Indeed.com and look for case management positions with insurance companies, or wellness coaching. Telephonic nursing is another option. These allow you to concentrate one thing at a time.
Best wishes and keep us posted.
Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!