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Older Nurses: What Were They Thinking?

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I'm an older nurse, but not gonna get into this, been flamed to much in the past ;-) But just wanted to throw out there that one of the posters yesterday, who didn't have a clue, "themedialies" was a troll. They'd just joined allnurses and their only posts were on that particular thread. Too bad we can't figure out a way to keep trolls away.....maybe make them answer nursing questions that only someone with experience could answer? haha, get it? Sorry, couldn't help it, my lame aged attempt at humor ;-) !

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I read a comment in another thread about older nurses who aren't going to quit their jobs so the younger nurses can have them .

I don't understand why people think someone should quit their job so someone younger can have it, it's absurd. No one should have to defend their reasons for working until whatever to age they darn well please, nor do they have an obligation to quit so someone else can have their job...

Stop blaming these so called "older nurses" for the lack of nursing jobs and start looking at the real culprit, hospitals. Hospitals do not staff adequately and they never will.

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I sense bitterness in this thread. While I agree anything tied to the stock market is far from a "nest egg", I do believe many Americans - some included in this thread - invested and saved in vehicles that are not diversified, and unfortunately trusted the advice of analysts, brokers, et al without doing their research. Sure, you can invest in a 401k, pension, annuity or the stock market but also stash your pennies in more safer vehicles - treasury bonds, CDs, high yield savings accounts, etc. Couple this with not saving for a rainy day and/or living above one's means and you have a recipe for disaster.

I cannot and would never knock on the older generation of nurses, however, lets not resort to generalizations and assumptions on the basis of one or two younger nurses or pre-nursing students who are looking to place blame on the older nursing population for their current unemployment status.

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I hope all of you "older nurses" stay around for a long, long time so that I can learn as much as possible from you seasoned folks. :)

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Unfortunately this is the attitude and thinking of the "entitlement" generation.

Is that what we are now considered? Entitled? I assure you many of "us", myself included, do not plan on entering this profession with a chip on our shoulders. Nor are we expecting hand-outs without going into the trenches and putting in the hard work.

I'm not even sure why there exist such a divide - young vs old. At the end of the day, WE need each other. The same young nurse you presume is entitled might very well be the same young nurse who will be your caregiver in old age.

This divisiveness has to stop. It helps no one.

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No other profession would even ENTERTAIN the idea of quitting so a younger person could have the position.

I don't think it deserved a response.

You're gravely mistaken. It happens every day. Younger is considered cheaper and more "fresh" in some corporate sectors. Nursing is also making this transition, though on the sly. Employers are now requiring BSNs and even go further to demand their employees to return to school for their BSN within a specified timeframe. ADNs, LPNs and RNs without their BSN are being phased out.

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This thread could not have come up at a better time. Every pay period or so, or when some big expense comes up, I have a massive anxiety attack because I am hanging on by a thread financially. I have no family, no SO, no safety net, no support system, and NO nest egg.

It is a terrifying way to live and I much as I try to put money away and reduce my living expenses (I have a very sparse, monastic life by preference) I just cannot seem to get on top of my future.

I joke about the fact that I will transition straight from my job to a bed in the nursing home where I work, but it is no joke. I am glad to see that I am not the only one in this predicament.

It would be interesting to know the kind of nest egg the parents' of a lot of these nurses have. I wonder if they have a realistic view of what it is to be an adult.

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gosh, there is no such thing as a guarantee when it comes to retirement planning. Over the past 30 years I have contributed to various plans, but the world market has been up and down so often it seems like a yo-yo.

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In the interest of full discloser.... I am a 20 something. That said, my problem isn't with the "old" nurses... It is with the "burned out crotchety ones". Young or old if you have lost "the passion" for nursing and you no longer have patients or compassion for the people you care for it is time to move on.It is time for the "old" to stop eating there "young"........ And the "young" to start learning from the "elders"!

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I am in my 20's and 50 is not old !!!!!!!!!!!! I know 50 year olds who act and look like they are in there upper 30's.

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50 is hardly old- I am 47 and just started this career, my second to be exact! I have saved and try to save for retirement, but in all honesty I will work well into my 60's as Social Security won't be available until 67 if I'm lucky!! and probably beyond that to keep busy - it is terrible that so many lost their savings, not just nurses, so many are staying in the work force longer for that reason and the fact that they don't feel "old" and don't want to retire! The days of GREAT retirment plans and health insurance are long gone from most companies.

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Most of us are scared about what the next month will bring. Housing spikes, housing tanks, banks and corporations ripping us off, the government is no better... Jobs aren't secure no matter what your education or your age. It has become an employer's market and that makes this nurse a bit "tetchy."

The future seems more uncertain to me now than every before. I would love to say that I could "afford" sending my daughter to college, but with two working parents she will have loans up to her eyeballs and I can't afford to put too much away for her education with supporting my in-laws who thought the government check would be enough to support them. I theory for that is to not trust "the man" and stuff your mattresses with dollar bills instead of feather.

I would consider myself a 40-something, experienced nurse after 20 years on the job and while I look forward to many more years on the job I hope that job will someday go from running my tail off as an OR nurse to something a bit less physical and something that will allow me to actually enjoy my life instead of just napping on my days off. :)

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