Retirement in the nursing field. - page 5

There is an issue going on at health care facilities about nurses who are still working as nurses well into their 60's and 70's. Assuming everyone ages differently, consider the effects of aging... Read More

  1. by   Esme12
    Quote from Mulan
    Not according to this:

    Retirement Age Calculator
    Always read the fine print........
    This is an archival or historical document. It may not reflect current policies or procedures.

    "Your full retirement age is 65 and 2 months"

    The retirement was changed to 67....IF you want 100% of your an effort to reduce "government spending" and the strain of the "entitlements" of social security and medicare.

    It's all about the fine print
  2. by   amygarside
    I think being physically fit should just be one of the factor to consider when you are a nurse. Age could be a factor for debate because there will be younger nurses that can pose risk to the patient as well, so it is not really the age per se but your ability on how to handle patients and other nursing situation.
  3. by   rngolfer53
    The short answer to the OP's question is: No, I don't think there should be a mandatory retirement age for nurses or just about anyone else.

    That said, people should recognize their own limitations. I hear better than some younger people who seemingly spend much of their lives with earbuds jammed in their heads and music loud enough for this nearing-60 coot to notice from across the room. (I probably don't have a clue about who the band is. ) But my sense of smell is lousy. I might very well miss the ketones on a diabetics breath.

    I recognize there are some things I can't do as well today as 10 or 15 years ago. I avoid working three twelves in a row. I work in a field--hospice--where having a few miles on the odometer is often a benefit, since many of our patients and families are elderly. We have more experiences in common, more culture in common. I would not do well on an adolescent psych unit, or any adolescent unit in all probability.

    That's not to say that age, or lack of it, is a determining factor in one's fitness for any particular area of nursing--I work with some excellent young hospice nurses--and certainly not for nursing in general. Like any other job, one should think about what your interests are, what your strong and weak points are....and find the spot that maximizes strengths and minimizes weakness. Elementary to be sure, but all too easy to overlook.
    Last edit by rngolfer53 on Feb 13, '13 : Reason: Clean up
  4. by   cherryames1949
    There are many areas of nursing requiring different skills. I am a Home Infusion nurse. I am sure that I can continue as long as my health and the desire to do the job hold out. I would never even entertain the idea of being a floor nurse in a hospital at the age of 63. In nursing there is a place for all who are able to do the job.
  5. by   OCNRN63
    Quote from CrunchRN
    I think the mandatory retirement age for nurses should be 50 since that is the age I am currently.

    And their retirement pension should be funded by the the young nurses just starting out.

    Get it done ASAP please OP.
    That's right. If they want us to step aside, fine. But then they should fund it, much like we pay into Social Security.
  6. by   OCNRN63
    Quote from whitecat5000
    I'm not saying that the nurse caused sepsis. I'm saying the nurse didn't see the alert and transfer the patient to the appropriate level of care as she should of, and as it should have happened.
    You don't need a computer prompt to be alert to the signs of impending sepsis. Goodness, what did we do before we had computers? I know I was taught what to look for; in fact, it was covered when I was reviewing content for my certification in oncology.

    We shouldn't let computers take the place of good old fashioned assessment. It sounds like that was the real problem with this nurse, and that can happen at any age.
  7. by   llg
    While I don't think there should be a mandatory retirement age for nurses ...

    I do think that the issue of declining abilities associated with aging are something we as a society and as a profession need to seriously consider. All people experience some decline in their abilities as they age ..and few people recognize and acknowledge those declines until they become significant. They don't all "self-monitor" and adjust their activities and responsibilities accordingly. Hence, all the struggles family go through with, "What do we do about grandpa?" "I'm worried about Mom." etc.

    While each person should be treated as an individual -- and treated with respect -- we need better mechanisms in place to identify those whose declining abilities might have implications for their employment as a nurse. The ones we have now are not sufficient as people need to make a series of serious mistakes before they can be terminated. Currently, we are relying on the nurses themselves to identify when they should move into a less demanding job or retire completely. And as I pointed out above, many people are not good at acknowledging their own limitations. As the nursing population ages, this is going to be an increasingly important issue.

    llg (age 57)
  8. by   rita359
    Interesting topic as I am currently 64. Have been healthy all my life and still am. Take no meds. Glasses to correct my vision. Husband is retired.

    Don't feel like retiring yet. Not the most computer literate but am getting better. Hope to go on for awhile before I throw in the towel. Evaluations have been good so why should I quit?
  9. by   joanna73
    We can't stereotype based on age. I've worked with 70 year old Doctors and nurses who are sharp and could run circles around many of us. Working and learning probably keeps them motivated. Retirement equals decline for some people, so unless they are unsafe, or they voluntarily retire, allow him/ her to work.
  10. by   Mulan
    Quote from Esme12
    Always read the fine print........
    This is an archival or historical document. It may not reflect current policies or procedures.

    "Your full retirement age is 65 and 2 months"

    The retirement was changed to 67....IF you want 100% of your an effort to reduce "government spending" and the strain of the "entitlements" of social security and medicare.

    It's all about the fine print
    An archival or historical document?, this page is dated 10/18/2012.

    Retirement Planner: Full Retirement Age

    1937 or earlier 65
    1938 65 and 2 months
    1939 65 and 4 months
    1940 65 and 6 months
    1941 65 and 8 months
    1942 65 and 10 months
    1943--1954 66
    1955 66 and 2 months
    1956 66 and 4 months
    1957 66 and 6 months
    1958 66 and 8 months
    1959 66 and 10 months
    1960 and later 67
  11. by   nancy324
    I have got to chuckle over this. I went to nursing school when I was 53, finished in record time, and was hired immediately. I'm currently in my 60's and work 12 hour night shifts. My managers tell me that I am an excellent critical care nurse and they wish there were more like me; please don't even think about retiring! I agree. I love my job, my patients, and the ever changing scene in critical care. It stretches my mind. I also enjoy mentoring new nurses and helping them find their flow. I will work until I fall over or my best friend tells me it's time to throw in the towel.
  12. by   martymoose
    I think this is pretty sad. Do any of you really think that someone would want to nurse into their 70's?

    They are being forced to. They stay because they have a job. If they quit, no- one is going to hire them in any capacity of any kind. Not even Burger King.

    And if a person doesn't qualify for benefits yet, what are they supposed to do?

    By the time my age group comes to retirement , the age will be upped to 70. And if I continue under the stress I ( or any of my co-workers) are at, we won't have to worry about retiring/living til 70 .

    And I'm sure the government will be happy to not have to pay.
  13. by   cuhome
    I value the young, new grad nurses for their "cutting edge" education... they've just graduated and have the most current information, which, as a 62-year old nurse, is invaluable to me! I love to consult with the newer grads! At the other end of the spectrum, I value the knowledge and wisdom that the older nurse has gained through years of experience. One thing that has always disturbed me in the nursing profession, from the time I was a new grad through the present, is the tendency to "eat our own". Collaboration is a tool that is so valuable, yet is often overlooked; why this is, I don't know. Perhaps it is related to competition between nurses. But young or old, collaboration can help nurses and patients, alike! As far as disabilities, these can happen at any age. The ability to manage the physical demands of a job should be evaluated identically, across the board, without regard to age.