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PacoUSA has 7 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in PCU / Telemetry.

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Good for her! What a great role model for those that believe that age is just a number!

Working at 81? I don't dread the idea, I embrace it! If you are doing something you love, why should you ever stop? The idea of retiring and sitting around waiting to die is a dreadful thought. They will have to pry the stethoscope out of my hands at the end!

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I am 49 and just starting my nursing career!

I love that "grandma" is still working! There was a mention of her "needing" to work...."she bought a house"...etc. What I would say about that is define "need". Right now I "need" to work because I have bills too. Do I "need" the 4 BR house I have? Nope....but I can afford it! :) We also have 2 turbo jet skis, Honda VTX 1800 (for those that don't know....that is a really big motorcycle!), a Harley Davidson that my hubby just purchased, a Toyota Highlander, Scion tC (DD driving it), Chevy Cobalt, 2 LCD TV's (42 in), 1 tower computer, 3 laptops, Shotgun, rifle, 38, 9mm, ammo, safe to hold them, Diving spear, wetsuits, and all associated scuba gear, including tanks... oh and I could go on with what we have that isn't necessary. We chose a lifestyle and we will work because we enjoy that which working brings us! (Oh, BTW, 7 of the 9 kids are grown....so we can now spend more on us!)

Some folks can retire. That is great for those who can and want to. All I know is that I go stir crazy at home now (with the kids gone).....and that is only for 1/2 the day!

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NRSKarenRN has 40 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion.

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My 82 yo Dad commented to me that I sent a "Senior Citizen" plumber to help him...my girlfiends son who is 57. Dad doen't think of himself as Sr Citizen cause he bowls 4 days a week, "needs to be puttering around and kept busy and keep my mind sharp"..... plans on living to be 100.

Over last 5 yrs, my FT RN's have retired at 65-66, working perdiem 2x wk.... oldest retired at 75 when husband ill. Wish we were all like this great people with zest for life.

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Scarlette Wings has 27 years experience and specializes in M/S, ICU, ICP.

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in so many ways i want to say "you go girl!" and on the other hand i want to write every single congressman and legislative leader and ask how come someone in the richest country on earth has to have their elderly people work just to survive and make ends meet. that is just wrong on so many levels.

if you want to work after 65, choose to work, and physically can great....but no one after that age (65) should have to work just to cover the bare basics.

i applaude this nurse and at the same time shake my finger at washington dc and say "shame on you." every culture on earth respects and protects their elderly except ours it seems. better health care has us living longer, but it is like the government is sending a double message...we want you to live and prosper and be healthy, but you had better keep working till you fall over dead because we the national debt can't afford for you to live on any of the taxes you've paid in.

i will get off my soapbox now and slink back under my rock. lol

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SharonH, RN has 20 years experience and specializes in Med/Surg, Geriatrics.

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in so many ways i want to say "you go girl!" and on the other hand i want to write every single congressman and legislative leader and ask how come someone in the richest country on earth has to have their elderly people work just to survive and make ends meet. that is just wrong on so many levels.

if you want to work after 65, choose to work, and physically can great....but no one after that age (65) should have to work just to cover the bare basics.

i applaude this nurse and at the same time shake my finger at washington dc and say "shame on you." every culture on earth respects and protects their elderly except ours it seems. better health care has us living longer, but it is like the government is sending a double message...we want you to live and prosper and be healthy, but you had better keep working till you fall over dead because we the national debt can't afford for you to live on any of the taxes you've paid in.

i will get off my soapbox now and slink back under my rock. lol

you don't have to crawl back under a rock but this is not the government's fault. good grief no.

i don't know enough about her circumstances to make a judgment but i have to wonder why she has to work at her age. according to the article, she has been an rn for 20 years and she has been on her own for 16 years so she's not spending her money on her husband's health care costs and if she is able to work so much at her age, then she must be in good health herself (healthcare costs are the number one expense for the elderly).

20 years is plenty of time for someone to build up a pretty sweet nest egg if you are not chronically ill, are not raising children and don't have any habits to support.

20 years of a nest egg + social security should be plenty for someone her age to live on assuming she lives till the age of 100.

but then again, there is likely more to the story so i won't be smug about it.

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OCNRN63 is a RN and specializes in Oncology; medical specialty website.

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"Part of it is the fact I want to (work), and part of it is the fact I really need to work because I wouldn't have enough money to live," Morris said. "I mean, I have Social Security, but they're going to cut that down. They're going to cut it down more, that's what I'm afraid of."

This is my worst nightmare -- still having to work at 81 to make ends meet! Sure hope this isn't me in 29 years!

You and me both.. Some may find this article charming. I find it terrifying. If I had the means, I would be immediately increasing my 403 withholding after reading this.

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OCNRN63 is a RN and specializes in Oncology; medical specialty website.

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Good for her! What a great role model for those that believe that age is just a number!

Working at 81? I don't dread the idea, I embrace it! If you are doing something you love, why should you ever stop? The idea of retiring and sitting around waiting to die is a dreadful thought. They will have to pry the stethoscope out of my hands at the end!

Sit around waiting to die? Good God, I can think of a million things I could do to fill up a day rather than work.

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I'm 58 and in block 2 of nursing school - a story like this is inspirational and gives me hope, yet I hope that I'm not having to still work to make a living at 81. Maybe something like teaching part time after putting twenty good years of experience in.

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mb1949 has 2 years experience and specializes in med surg home care PEDS.

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I have a neighbor who is 78 years young still working in a SNF, been an RN for over 55 years, she occasionally wears the dress, hose, cap outfit, but always wears white, pants and shirt, she's a pistol, heard the other nurses and CNA's in the facility are awed by her energy, best nurse in the place. She's my idol, I can;t even think about retiring I will probably work as long as physcially possible.

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Multicollinearity has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Acute Care Psych, DNP Student.

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We have an RN who is 68. He is very slow, and he makes a lot of minor mistakes. Nothing major like medication errors. We are careful to schedule him when he's always with another RN and not alone on duty. He cannot handle being the only RN on duty well. He cannot physically run to emergencies on our massive campus carrying our "code bag," and he gets flustered sometimes, but generally does OK.

I see no problem with some accommodations like this for an older worker who is slow, but tries. (I am not saying all older workers are slow.)

I'd like others to be a bit gentle and help me out if I'm working when I'm that old.

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Peggy Morris and all other RNs out there going strong in their 70s and 80s with attitude to boot, YOU ARE MY HEROES!!!!! Posters who are sad for them, no need to be. They aren't! WOW! Thank you OP for sharing! This absolutely made my day!:yeah::yeah::yeah::yeah::yeah:

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In the hospital where I volunteer there are tons of volunteers in their 70s. I admire them, and I REALLY admire Granny Morris. Such an amazing attitude! Such brave career change in her late fifties. If I ever live to her age, I hope I will be still working out of willingness to work.

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