The article Nurses Experience Empty Nests Too reminds me also of retiring from nursing. I was so tired, burned out, compassion fatigue, whatever term you choose to call it, I looked so forward to retirement. Then ever so slowly, I missed being a nurse. I returned as a per diem nurse. But now I’m ready to completely leave and retire from nursing. I had a sense of loss and purpose.
This time I’m ready to stay home. I’ve found I’ve got more plans this time. My body is tired too. A lot of back chronic pain from 41 years plus as a nurse has made me ready.
I’ve found I like reading, sewing, staying home without fighting the snow storms, bad roads. I enjoy my husband and home again. My youngest graduated from college and lives at home working full time. And yes, I’m a mean mother, he pays rent, helps clean, does laundry.
I’ve done my job as a mother. Both my boys are independent self sufficient adults. I’ve done my job as a nurse. It’s time to retire.