Don't Curse the Nurse!

Sharing support with stories & humor

I Promise, I’ll try to not make this sound preachy

on January 13, 2015

advise

I’m feeling advanced enough in my career to give a little advice. Because I am also feeling old (I don’t look my age, just feeling it), it’s going to come across sounding maternal. Here it is…

It might be a while before the economy makes a significant change, and while the clock ticks slowly, older nurses continue to work a job that is not only mentally and emotionally taxing, it is also a physical strain on the body. I mean seriously, if you don’t have chronic back pain by the time you are fifty, you are a rarity, a unicorn among your peers. I did a little research to see what advisors say about the nursing profession.

According to a National workplace survey, between 1991 and 2012, about three in four nurses (74 percent) were working at age 62 and about one in four (24 percent) were working at age 69.

Fidelity Investments reported that nurses have been saving for retirement at a greater rate than other employees, 12.6 percent compared to 10.5 percent, but 60 percent are still concerned they will never be able to retire, according to Alexandra Taussig, Senior PVP of marketing at Fidelity.

That’s right, and this isn’t a surprise to any nurse that takes any active interest in investment guides or has a sister that pushes them to think about their retirement so they can have a little fun before they are too old to do so.

As long as you are working, and at a hospital, like most, that only gives raises based on measureable performance, here’s some practical advice to both the young and the old. If you are over fifty, stop spending $50 a week eating at the hospital cafeteria, bring your lunch, put that money in your IRA. If you are under forty, get on a committee, work toward your BSN, and if nothing else, stay those extra couple of hours, it looks good.

Plan for your future. Take care of yourself.

I almost waited too long to start doing it myself.


5 responses to “I Promise, I’ll try to not make this sound preachy

  1. Brooke says:

    Im not a nurse, i’ma unit secretary.

  2. Brooke says:

    Oops, i meant to say that Iwork with a nurse that is 71 and still can’t retire. Very goid advice!

  3. Shannon says:

    I will not curse the nurse ❤

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s

Chaotic Shapes

Art and Lifestyle by Brandon Knoll

Eva Newermann

Art and Books

An Average Medical Student

Musings from medical school

ofcourseitsaboutyou

Opines & Fading Memories

So She Did

The musings of a twentysomething chronic planner on a journey to make her career dreams come true. BSN to DNP. She believed she could.

Gareth Roberts

Unorthodox Marketing & Strategy Blog

Imagine | Ally

Creative coaching, workshop facilitation, and content strategy

It's Called Life

Finding the funny in everyday life

Take me to the country

Our journey from city to country living and all stops in between.

:: Yeesh in Haiti ::

my 5 week trip to Tabarre, Haiti

%d bloggers like this: