57 and need to start over YET AGAIN! - page 2

I need some help. I just joined the site. I am working as a radiology nurse in small imaging facility. Its been a great job. Unfortunately we are shutting our doors 12/2013. I am worried sick. I live... Read More

  1. by   perioddrama
    Just wanted to send positive vibes your way!

    Experienced nurses cost a lot of money... and of course, it is all about the bottom line.
  2. by   imintrouble
    I have no advice. I have a job, but go to work every day mildly anxious that my employer will manufacture a reason to let me go. It's so scary to be 50 in nursing.
    Good luck to all of you looking for jobs.

    --------------> positive vibes from me too!
  3. by   VivaLasViejas
    Quote from imintrouble
    I It's so scary to be 50 in nursing.
    You can say THAT again!!!
  4. by   IndianaHH
    OH goodness the boat keeps getting bigger and bigger. I am 57 and was laid off following years of healthcare experienced. Cant return to college as I DID that when I was 45 yrs old. Earned my RN at 50 yrs old. Still another 5 yrs of the FIRST student loans to pay for. LTC is plan frightening when the ratio is 35/1. (Been there done that)
    I feel too old to start over... AGAIN.. and too young too.
  5. by   Nurse ABC
    Try going to your local board of education and get on the sub list as a school nurse. My district always needs subs and they don't require any special certifications to just sub. Worth a try!
  6. by   paradiseboundRN
    I'm 51 and its not my age holding me back, its my education level. I'm starting my RN-BSN in a few weeks. FYI- Certified home care is a specialty and it takes a good year to be good at it. Private duty (home care) is probably your best bet.
  7. by   nurseprnRN
    I'm lucky that at 62 my profession actually values a few grey hairs overlying the leetle grey cells. However, it took me a long time to get the expertise to get me to that happy place.

    Have you thought about free-standing surgery centers, aesthetic nursing (laser hair removal in a skin care clinic or MD office), mammography centers, big ortho practices (most have their own x-ray facilities), big urology practices (many office procedures, like urodynamics), pain management (fluoroscopy-aided injections)?
  8. by   nrsang97
    A pain management clinic would love your experience. How about interventional radiology in a hospital? Most of the staff working that department is very happy.
  9. by   mathilda843
    Wow! Just exactly what I have been experiencing! I keep applying to places, and just about everything that looks like it might be a go...then it finally hit me - age discrimination! It's nice to see the many suggestions here, but believe me, I have hit the wall with most of those ideas - can't get into home care because I don't have specific home care experience, even office positions are extremely difficult to come by and another place where there is a great deal of age discrimination, most likely having to do with the fact that most places are now using EMR's. I feel that they think that "older" nurses don't do EMR! And that is just a bunch of bologna! I don't get the feeling that they value our years of experience. I was just bypassed for an office position in my specialty. It was given to a person who has been a nurse for about a year, but had more of an office background...go figure...
    What is acceptable regarding follow-up with the people who make the hiring decisions? HR, manager, etc.? Is there a fine line between overkill and just letting them know that you want the position?
  10. by   GinginRN
    Travel nursing or agency nursing might find something for you that could turn into a great thing.
  11. by   EMR*LPN
    You might want to try any varicose vein clinics in your area. They hire RNs to do initial exams and treatments.
  12. by   DSkelton711
    Just a tip: When you make your resume out, don't go back more than 20 years unless it is relevent. Anything beyond that really just shows more "age". I started doing this and got some call backs on my resumes along with 3 interviews and 2 job offers. I have been working at an Assisted Living Facility for nearly 2 years now. Unfortunately, my health has faltered and I am no longer able to work. I am nearly 53. Good luck!
  13. by   LTCNS
    I have no better advice than anyone else, but please know I will be praying for you.