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60 Year Old Unemployed Male Nurse

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Nurse Beth has 30 years experience as a MSN and works as a Nursing Professional Development Specialist.

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Dear Nurse Beth,

I am a 60 year old male nurse. I graduated with a BSN in 2017. Since then I have had two jobs already. The first was at a maximum security prison that I left after two months. The second was as a hospice RN in an inpatient acute care hospice working the night shift which I left after nine months because I started to feel my health was taking a hit. Now I'm not sure where to go given my age and experience. I am prior military.

Dear 60 Year Old,

You might consider dialysis as it's a day job, assuming the nights were taking a toll on your health. Sub acute may also be an option because it's easy to get into without much experience, as is Behavioral.

Register on indeed.com to see what's available in your area, and apply. The main goal is get employed and if it doesn't work out, make sure you have another job lined up before you quit.

Best wishes,

Nurse Beth

Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!

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Public health, psychiatric nursing (age doesn't seem to be an issue) and the shifts are usually 8 hrs, addiction medicine (methadone clinic), temp job (they are usually a 13 week commitment) if you love it you got your foot in the door and if you hate it 13 weeks isn't to long...Travel nursing might be a great option if you are freed up to do that? Fill out a resume on Indeed.com I get job opportunities via email almost daily! Anyway, best of luck!

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Megan1977 has 38 years experience as a MSN, RN.

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Hi 60 year old-

I am your age, "retired" about 1 year ago after 37 years as a RN. I am now working again (LOL) in Dialysis and love it. My employer is very accommodating with my schedule and we never work Sundays or holidays. The pace is fast, but you come to really know your regular patients.

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GatorMikeRN has 16 years experience as a BSN and works as a Nurse Educator/Home Health Pediatric Nurse.

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Great question related to age and health. I think the other posts were certainly adequate and give great suggestions. Being a male and thinking about patient care in the future, I certainly am concerned about health and having the physical ability to lift and care for patients that helps them the best. I have done telephone advice nursing and there were other nurses there who could not physically take care of patients but there knowledge of patient care was fantastic. It's best to have experience though. LTC/LTAC could be an option and looking for shorter shifts which seems harder to find these days. Thanks for bringing up a great topic to discuss!

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