This is my second career, so yeah, I will retire from nursing. I don't understand why some people are whining and moaning about "nursing will kill you if you're in it long enough to retire from it."
I'm ENTERING nursing at the age of 46. Yes, I realize hospital bedside nursing takes its toll, which is why I'm already thinking about "what's next" in my career. I figure I will give myself 5 to 8 years on the floor. The great thing about nursing is I can go on and do a multitude of things, all of them pretty interesting. In 5 to 8 years I see myself transitioning into diabetic education or cardiac rehab/education.
Thanks to some wise investments I have my retirement age set for somewhere between 55 and 57. But I've never really wanted to just retire and do nothing. And that's the other great thing about nursing: I can retire from fulltime nursing at that age and go down to part-time and still make decent money to supplement my retiremunt funds. I see myself working part-time until my mid-sixties, maybe in the area of public or community health.
Lucky you, you have it all worked out GOOD LUCK However, I dont think Nursing will kill me if I live long enough to retire (which at 44 I have another 23 yrs left) I think the stress of working alongside smug, heartless, bullies will kill me. Yes, being a Nurse will allow me to change careers so that I can teach, that is where my heart & I believe my mental health. lies. Most of us dont have wise investments or have been lucky enough for our life plans to go the way we want due to being widowed or divorced or having children/elderly parents etc. Have a bit of diplomacy & compassion for your colleagues please :redpinkhe