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Older Nurses: What Were They Thinking?

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In all fairness the original post mentioned a particular problem with the OP's co-worker, who was in their 70's I believe. I think we all just need to be kinder to each other and realize that we all have things in our private lives and personal responsibilities that guide our lives and decisions and that we need to respect each other as professionals and what we each bring everyday to the job and value each other as we are. It's really tough out there and we need to be kind to each other and realize that you too may be there someday.

There but for the Grace of God go I.

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Since when is fifty-something old????? My goodness!

Dont they know:

" Where you are, I once was

Where I am, you will be"

Let the young-uns chew on that for a while!!

If there arent jobs for new nurses, it is the economies fault and not ours...facilities are cutting back and need seasoned nurses who can (and are) doing the work for 2 or 3 nurses.

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I am so sorry that happened to you! I was a stock broker during the recent crash (inbound phone, call center type job), and it made me upset every day when folks would call in because their accounts were doing poorly, due to almost every single mutual fund out there shedding like crazy. I should know, my accounts went downhill too...recovered somewhat, but even though I built up a wealth of knowledge about mutual funds, stocks, ETFs, etc...I am still too scared to put my money in them anymore. Even super conservative funds tanked a bunch. It was so awful. I had to get out of the finance world...it is GREED, GREED, GREED.

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Old nurses DO rock. I'm a new grad but I'm also 42 years old, and I feel the pain of both sides here. It makes me so sad that anyone would dare to suggest that older nurses were not as valuable as they absolutely are. Please! I can hold my head up as a nurse and feel like I actually deserve a job because I was trained by the best - "older nurses!" I owe so much to them and all they taught me. AND I would be LOST on that floor without their guidance support. It's heartbreaking that after all your hard work and dedication as a nurse, you have nothing (monetary) to show for it, and I'm sorry... State of our very messed up country.

Okay, so we went to nursing school and we were all excited, and now we are frustrated that we can't find employment. We feel like we were mislead about the opportunities that would be available to us. But there comes a time when we just have to get over it, quit complaining, put our heads down and keep trying. Find the integrity you had to make it through nursing school, and it will be okay. The world is unpredictable and life does not owe ANY of us anything. That said, I wish everyone many years of fulfilling nursing work - regardless of your age group! And let's try to focus on how we are the same :nurse:, and support each other rather than make passive-aggressive comments out of frustration. It hurts.

Love to all nurses, because we all rock! :redpinkhe

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You know, the just entering their 20's set is spectacularly naive about just what it is to work for many years. They, more than any generation prior will need work well into their 70's.

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Old nurses can't leave, young nurses can't find jobs, what is the world coming too?

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I'm a new nurse and fifty-ish. Should I quit so I can have a job?

AH HA HA!! :cheers:

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Hey, kids!....Here's an opportunity that will change your life forever: Sharpen your teeth in the Air Force, Army, Navy Nurse Corps! The services have phenom residency programs, guaranteed professionalism, healthcare/wellness benefits, secure retirement, education opportunities beyond your imagination, etc, etc,. After 22 yrs in the Air Force and experiences I could only have dreamed about in the civilian sector, I'm still in the profession and will continue the contributions as long as physically/mentally capable. Bottom line message: Get off the pitty-pot, pull up your big girl/boy pants and create your opportunities!

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I can't imagine a 20 something expecting a 50 something to quit her job so she can find one. That's silly talk.

That is, but it is perfectly fine to point out that part of the reason the new grads can't find jobs is that older nurses are staying on longer than they did previously.

That isn't a judgement against either group, just an observation.

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You know, sometimes you can't fix stupid. All you can do is try not to be annoyed by it.Our retirement savings is in pretty conservative places, and I'm grateful we stumbled upon a financial advisor who goes against the grain. Slow and steady and when it's my time to retire hopefully there won't be and major catastrophes that halve my savings.In the meantime I sympathize with my coworkers who are stuck in the workforce longer than they'd hoped. I don't get that entitled sentiment that older workers owe us their jobs and I don't blame them for following the advice everyone was giving about investing.

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More statements of entitlement from the "Everybody's a winner" generation - now there's a big surprise:rolleyes:.

That right there sums it up perfectly.

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