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morelostthanfound

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    Leaving Nursing?

    I know this topic is sometimes addressed on the yellow side, but asking here; Does anyone ever think of transitioning out of nursing altogether to another career/job? Do you personally know of or heard of any nurses who have? In five-six years, though I won't quite be at retirement age, I'm seriously thinking of hanging up my hat and doing something completely unrelated. Then, I'll have been an RN for almost 35 years and although I've been blessed and nursing has been pretty good to me, I'm tired and really think I would prefer something else that is less stressful, more predictable, and that I don't take home with me. I know that my salary (and likely my Social Security) will take a hit and not sure I could afford it but....? Ideas...thoughts...regrets?
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    Leaving Nursing?

    Thank you No Stars-your response actually helps a lot! Though it’s certainly hard work, I think it would I would much prefer bagging groceries, stocking shelves, sorting mail...for a change and not have the constant worry/stress of caring for sick patients. I thought I was the only one!
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    The President Donald Trump Thread

    Boot lickers!
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    Older nurses chasing the carrot

    Hi Ted and thank you for the welcoming response. Like you, I would also love to retire sooner rather than later and enjoy whatever time I have left. Though I don't have any definitive plans, I do have several ideas that I am considering. The first would be that I could go back to travel nursing again but this time, taking long stretches off in between assignments. That being said though, I've kind of grown tired of nursing and all of the responsibility, stress, and worry. Though no career is perfect, I find myself dreaming of a mundane, predictable job that I didn't take home with me every night...barista, stocking shelves, mail delivery..... I stay with nursing because of the money and insurance but if Universal Healthcare were ever implemented, it would be an absolute game changer! Though somewhat radical, there's always retiring and becoming an ex pat in a country with a cheaper cost of living and where the dollar goes further. At any rate, good luck with your plans and keep us informed:)
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    Older nurses chasing the carrot

    I have been an RN for almost 28 years. My parents were also nurses and I pretty much grew up in and around hospitals. Having worked continuously since age seventeen though (I will be 54 this year), it feels like I've been 'plowing' this field since the dawn of time and I'm tired. I've worked in several nursing specialties (including travel) and nursing has been good to me overall. At this juncture of my life, I am blessed to have a well paying union job, but at minimum, must work, another ten years. Ten more years! I dream of retirement every single day and just don't know if I can make it until then. I don't dream of exotic vacations or playing 9 holes of golf everyday, I just want to get off the hamster wheel and have my life back. I'm sooooo tired of changing policies, difficult coworkers, workplace drama, heck, I'm really just tired of going to work (any work), period! Just wondering how other nurses at this stage of life do it? BTW, I'm not depressed (don't need a therapist), have many hobbies, can't cut back hours, don't want to precept or join nursing committees, and don't want to try another job.
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    The President Donald Trump Thread

    Doesn't it just speak volumes that a repeated draft dodger (5 military deferments), ridicules a Purple Heart decorated veteran (Lt. Col Vindman) about his manner of dress and speaking? Just one example of many of his being completely unfit for office. My question; as leader in chief, doesn't all of this collectively rise to the level of 'conduct unbecoming'?
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    The President Donald Trump Thread

    Sadly, hoping for another, albeit sham, impeachment, is pie in the sky. With DJT's wealth, power, and influence, I don't believe there are any actions (crimes) that his fixers couldn't make go away and now he's been emboldened and validated thanks to his GOP criminal accomplices.
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    Questioning Pete Buttigieg history?

    Yes, Indeed! Like so many politicians and a few of my former nurse managers; talk but never give a straight answer-obfuscation!
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    The President Donald Trump Thread

    This is the first priority for sure, then the difficult work must begin of overturning the many destructive policies passed by this administration and restoring much needed environmental protections. Lastly, abolishment of the electoral college, which makes impotent the true will of the voting public.
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    The President Donald Trump Thread

    Department of Justice, Office of Government Ethics, FBI, Inspectors General, White House Counsel's Office, Government Accountability Office, State Attorneys General... Although some of these are offices are advisory and some are investigative, I am gobsmacked that all of them have failed to take action to address this president's egregious, criminal and reprehensible behavior. Then there were the impeachment proceedings which were the epitome of a 'dog and pony show' and an embarrassment to the intelligence and sensibilities of the American people.
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    The President Donald Trump Thread

    Agree! Not to be too melodramatic but there are indeed many disturbing parallels with our current administration and the totalitarian state of Germany beginning in 1933. The 'boiling frog' scenario comes to mind and somehow seems apropos.
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    Questioning Pete Buttigieg history?

    I absolutely agree. If the presidential race eventually comes down to a 'lesser of the evils', almost any candidate would be preferable to the dangerous criminal, megalomaniac GOP incumbent.
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    The President Donald Trump Thread

    Lil Nel, what I personally struggle with and will never, never be able to get my head around, is how Trump could possibly still be in power. Looking beyond all his hate mongering, lies, deceptions, power grabs, scandals, criminal acts, and controversies, how have we, as a nation, allowed this president to remain in office? To me this is the more disturbing and pointed question. Why hasn't some federal regulatory arm removed him or why haven't the citizens all taken to the streets in mass protest? It's all too surreal, like the dream state has become reality, like up is now down, right is left.... Sadly though, the average citizen is so marginalized and disenfranchised in our government today or too busy working two jobs and caring for a family. What to do? Sad:(
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    Questioning Pete Buttigieg history?

    While I respect Mayor Pete's service to country and the fact that he is trying to make his way as an openly gay man in the midst of a sometimes hostile and homophobic Penceland (Indiana), I find myself unimpressed with him as a presidential candidate. During the Democratic debates, like a true politician, he repeatedly restated the questions and then proceeded to talk around them, effectively saying nothing substantive or original. I also don't feel that he has the experience or preparedness to run the county but then again, neither did W or DT. Does anyone else feel this way?
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    What I miss?

    Not to be nostalgic or sappy but thought it might be fun to us to recall something(s) we miss from another time (childhood, early adulthood, last week...)? Me? I miss some aspects of childhood; like when a new, cheap toy was bliss and brought complete entertainment for a week or so. Or, when $1.25 at the candy store bought a paper sack full of new and different sweets. Maybe a simpler time when technology didn't so completely dominate our lives. You?
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    The President Donald Trump Thread

    This act was a new low for our country. To give this racist, misogynist, homophobe, lying, Republican tool (Rush Limbaugh) the Congressional Medal of Honor, should be a personal affront and moral outrage for every American-unbelievable. And then there's his handling of Eddie Gallagher, the Navy Seal officer responsible for numerous war crimes, some on innocent noncombatants. Next, he'll be giving some posthumous award to Josef Mengele.
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    Impeachment

    I agree that by speaking out and doing the right and noble thing took courage on Senator Romney's part. However, the man is a multi-millionaire and has much less to lose than some of his other career boot licking GOP colleagues. Unfortunately, the trial went exactly as I, and most others, anticipated it would. Now our mob boss leader is emboldened to carry out his sham, criminal administration without fear of future recriminations. Alas our country
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    Icebreaker #2

    I thought it might be fun to ask everyone if they had any major personal goals/aspirations/dreams for 2020? Any vacations planned? Personally, this year I would like to work on getting my financial house in better order and start doubling down on our retirement savings. As far as vacations, we have a trip planned to Costa Rica at the end of the month. What about you all?
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    Icebreaker #2

    Yes, extensive travel and staying in Air B&Bs would be fun. In terms of retirement, even with an inheritance, modest investments, and a small pension, my retirement finances will be tight but I am bound and determined though not to work right up to (or over) age 67. In the absence of universal healthcare or retirement abroad, there's no hope for that for me.
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    Hello All Icebreaker

    I just wanted to say hello to everyone and introduce myself, so to speak. I am 53 y.o. (54 this year) man, a graduate of a 3-year nursing diploma program, (as well as a BSN) and have been an RN for 28 years. I live in the Pacific Northwest and am currently employed as a staff nurse in General Surgery. I am a regular contributor on the other side of AN, but recently stumbled into this area (Breakroom) and actually much prefer its friendly, rather 'homey and welcoming atmosphere. I love travel, reading, camping, backpacking, hiking, food, craft beer and dream of retirement everyday-. Looking forward to chatting with you all:)
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    Hello All Icebreaker

    Yes, I remember well my mom's nursing cap. I also remember that back in the day, nurses carried a multi-colored pen for charting. Each shift wrote in a designated color, something like; day shift-black: 3-11 shift-green, and graveyard shift-red.
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    Icebreaker #2

    Nice! Speaking of retirement, have you ever thought of retirement outside of the US (Central of South America)? I personally want to enjoy life and do a lot more travel but can't get the time off. Avoiding the more desirable 'touristy' areas and instead retiring in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama...would afford a significantly lower cost of living and the only real possibility of retirement before my body is broken down and it's too late.
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    Hello All Icebreaker

    The hospital I worked at in my early years did allow nurses to smoke at the nurses' station and sometimes the smoke would be so thick it looked like an opium den. Can you imagine a more unhealthy environment for sick/recovering patients? Do you like Community Health and your role with TB patients?
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    The President Donald Trump Thread

    I am absolutely gobsmacked that this man has any, let alone, thousands of loyal supporters. Even if you agree with his administration's policies, you simply cannot deny that this man is a shill, a criminal, and a complete fraud. To listen to him speak, it also is very apparent that he is a literal dim bulb, inarticulate, and without a shred of knowledge of world affairs or diplomacy. Sad, alas our poor country!
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    Hello All Icebreaker

    Too funny! I love hearing stories like that. My father, who is also a nurse (retired), tells a story about meeting up with hospital coworkers after work many years ago. The group apparently stopped of at a local bar for drinks and the next day all of the employees (except Dad) were summarily fired. Dad was the only one of the group that had changed out of his nursing uniform before leaving work. Management thought this behavior (frequenting a bar) was unbecoming and reflected poorly on the hospital. Don't think that would fly today-how times have changed
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