When healing hurts - Lowell Sun

  1. When healing hurts

    ... in the Merrimack Valley -- the vast majority of which are from nurses -- appear to have hit their peak at the height of the nursing shortage during the mid ...

    Looking around the maternity ward at Lowell General Hospital, Candy Martell gets to feeling pretty old.

    And that's not just because of all the new babies, young mothers or even because of the 20-something nurses fluttering through the halls.

    "The number one thing is you don't have the stamina you once had," explained Martell, 52, a nurse for 25 years. "Normally, as part of the aging process, you don't move as well as you used to. I've got little spots of arthritis mostly from wear and tear, and arthritic changes in my spine."

    Nearly three decades of squatting, lifting and odd stances, she said, have taken their toll. There's the wobbly right knee on which she had surgery. The ache in her back and neck. And goodness, she's tired. With the average age of nurses on the upward creep -- now nearly 47, according to the Department of Health and Human Services -- there's a new wrinkle to the nursing shortage. While seasoned professionals like Martell keep hospitals like LGH humming, the advancing age of

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  3. by   oramar
    Oh, what an excellent article.
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  5. by   tvccrn
    Great article. I used to live in Dracut and work at LGH. They do a lot for making things easier in the workplace, but it's a never-ending battle.

  6. by   OC_An Khe
    We all know that the story line of this article can be repeated in virtually every hospital and SNF throughout the country. The one article I've read that specifically addresses this problem and has some good suggestions on how to deal with it is "Wisdom at Work". Do a search of the threads here at allnurses and you should find an active link to the article.