Poll: Working Boomers say it gets better with age

  1. I think my 20 years of experience are an asset on my job, which I suppose means my age is. Certainly, I don't think my age is a hinderence in anyway.


    Working Boomers say it gets better with age - Business - Careers - msnbc.com
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   tntrn
    I notice they didn't address the physical part of being a boomer and doing a very labor intensive job.....like floor nursing. That's where I think my age bothers me the most, although I can still work rings around some of the younger ones, who think that it's all about the computer.

    What I find also, as a boomer, is that the newest trends in nursing, are recycled from trends in the past. Ideas tend to come around again, although cloaked in different verbage. Some of the new things in nursing actually scare me.....speaking of computers. The time we are mandated to be making the computer happy is cutting back on actual patient care time.

    I will be more than happy to walk away when the time comes.....and I'm hoping it comes sooner rather than later.
  4. by   Spidey's mom
    Define "it".
  5. by   Tweety
    Steph, I was wondering what "it" was too.

    tntrn, we have to bring out "computer on wheels" or "cow" into the room with us to pass meds, chart assessments, etc. So while we're with the patient, we're staring at a computer screen between us and the patient, and it requires that we're on our feet more, rather than sitting down to chart. Progress
  6. by   Spidey's mom
    I would hate that Tweety.

    We still do "it" the old fashioned way . . . black pen on paper.

    To chart the meds though we do have a computer at the nurses' station - one computer. Two nurses. I hated it.

    steph
  7. by   VivaLasViejas
    Not being a floor nurse any more, I think the article is pretty much spot on. But then, I've got it awfully good---a well-paying, if often intense, management position in which I spend more time coordinating resident care and solving their problems than supervising employees or dealing with the endless scheduling issues. I am older than most of the staff, I've even got eight years on the administrator; so I'm considered the wise woman, the sage, the Mother Confessor to staff and residents alike.......my age and life experience are definitely a benefit here.
  8. by   tntrn
    Quote from Tweety
    Steph, I was wondering what "it" was too.

    tntrn, we have to bring out "computer on wheels" or "cow" into the room with us to pass meds, chart assessments, etc. So while we're with the patient, we're staring at a computer screen between us and the patient, and it requires that we're on our feet more, rather than sitting down to chart. Progress
    Our labor rooms have computers in the rooms, at the bedsides, but still pecking away keeps me from having a face-to-face interaction with my patient. I have been known to print out the multi-page admission form and sit down with it, and go input the data later.


    For our surgical rooms, we can take in a COW, but I find that so impersonal....and honestly you could do some of what needs to be done and NEVER even peek at the patient. I am sure they feel really well cared for when that happens. And I know that some nurses do exactly that.

    I just can't.....I've been a nurse too long, used paper towels for my notes too long, written on my pant legs too often....just can't seem to make the computer the number one priority.

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