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ZIP IT – The 40 Day Challenge by Karen Ehman

Worked way too many hours last week…Nurses Week…Ha!

It’s fitting that I read this earlier today. It’ll be helpful tomorrow – Monday morning – coming too soon.

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My Cup

 

waterOver a year ago, during a long conversation with the Director of Surgery. I told her that patient care “…fills my cup.”

I’m entering my third year as the Chairperson for the Surgical Services Unit Practice council. This is because no one will step as Vice Chair and prepare to do it the following year. Via e-mail exchange, leadership reported no success in getting one of my peers to take on the role.

This responsibility is draining my cup.

Warning to younger/newer nurses: If patient care brings you joy, don’t let anyone  fool you into to thinking leadership on a committee is just a ‘once a month thing’!

 

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

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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.

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