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Old 03-31-2013, 03:25 PM   #21
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Not only that, it can be very demanding of one's time!

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Old 03-31-2013, 04:46 PM   #22
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Nursing management is certainly more stressful than most types of clinical nursing practice (though clinical nurses might not appreciate that!) so perhaps your first step should be to move back to direct patient care and see how you enjoy it. ....
I have many RN friends & relatives who might take ya to blows over that one In fact it's rather common for RN's in ICU's, ER's, & large hospital OR's to transition to management positions for stress-relief. But I'll bet most all would agree that you should do direct pt care if that's what gives you the most satisfaction, and that there is no shame at all in working PT, split shifts, or whatever works best for you. There's always a place for good nurses!!!
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Old 03-31-2013, 05:08 PM   #23
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I thoroughly enjoyed working parttime my last several years in nursing. All my nursing experience was in direct patient care. It seems to me that nursing management is neither more or less stressful than direct patient care but that direct patient care is more rewarding and less boring. The reason I never got into management was mostly because all the nurse managers seemed to spend a LOT of time in meetings.
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Old 09-07-2013, 06:42 AM   #24
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Anyone else besides me having big issues with letting go of bedside nursing? The new demands on documentation to proof quality of care are unbelievable. This leaves even less time to be with the patient. Half of the shift is staring at the computer screen.
At 62 years of age and having decades of bedside nursing experience, it is difficult to transition to other positions. It appears that the age factor comes in here.

Any thoughts?
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Old 09-07-2013, 07:52 AM   #25
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I'm not a nurse, but I work with a lot of them and was married to one. Although I'd probably faint if I tried to stick someone, lol, I envy their job mobility. If you don't like your job, you can find another one without too much trouble.

Snow White, you didn't really expand on what your fears were, exactly, but I'm guessing they were a combination of financial ("will we have enough?") and fulfillment-related (you love patient care and don't want to give that up).

I'll just point out that your nursing career gives you a lot of flexibility and options. If you don't like the way a particular part-time job feels, you can switch to another. You can retire completely, and then, if it doesn't suit you, you can jump back into the work force, assuming you've kept up your license.

In other words, you can try multiple avenues without fearing that any decision is final or irrevocable. If you don't like it, your career gives you a lot of flexibility to simply choose a different path. No decisions are final. Whatever you choose, if it doesn't work out, you can just choose something else. It's not like you have to figure out in advance what the one right choice is. You can experiment and try different things, see what suits you.

Have fun! Sounds like you're entering a nice phase of your career, where you can pick and choose what you want to do (and how much).
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Old 09-07-2013, 02:32 PM   #26
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I think you will know when and if you want to fully retire. It hit me like a ton of bricks! All of a sudden I said enough is enough! I had planned to work one more year but decided it wasn't worth it. I've never looked back. No regrets.
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Old 09-07-2013, 10:37 PM   #27
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I had the same concern for quite a few years. Finally decided we were indeed FI and we had put off moving to our preferred location nearer family for too long. That desire to relocate finally made me resign.

16 months later and NO REGRETS AT ALL. I always thought I may enjoy part time contract work for old megacorp and I do indeed. I take the assignments I want, do a lot of it from home, and am amazed and grateful for the hourly rate these arrangements can command. Since working is "optional" it is much less stressful and basically feels to me like another retirement hobbly that just happens to pay well. Still a lot of pressure to do well and "be worth it" though but that is part of what makes it rewarding. DW has worked part time for years and still enjoys it so we have not actually had to even draw off any savings yet.......(does that make me not retired?...do I care?)

Anyway, I am happy with our decision and really like my pathetic semi-retirement. Best of luck to you with your decision. Enjoy the ride.
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Old 09-08-2013, 06:13 PM   #28
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Accidental Retiree...that is probably the REAL issue. Maybe I am not really ready yet. I have a stressful managerial position now but I miss seeing patients and providing direct care. Perhaps a part time job would let me feel good about making a contribution and being of service. Thanks for that insight...it sounds like I might need a job change more than completely retiring at least for the short term.
I know it has been some months since you wrote this but I missed the thread when you first started it. I ran into a similar situation on my job, well before I was in a position to retire. What I did was make a lateral transfer to a different position with the same employer. I was working for a local government agency but if you are with a large hospital or organization of several hospitals, lateral transfers may also be possible for you. Since the transfer got me out of the supervisory role, there was also a considerable pay cut, but I was so miserable as a supervisor that I didn't care, and hadn't been spending my whole paycheck anyway so the loss of income was pretty painless. Financially speaking, you could stop working altogether, so I don't imagine you'd care about a pay cut either. For me, making a transfer turned out to be a great solution to my job problem. I got rid of most of my employment-related miseries, but didn't lose any years of service toward my pension, and I didn't have to go through a full-scale job search. I guess I should hope I'm too late for this to be helpful and you have found some resolution months ago. But if you're still in the dilemma, maybe changing to a different position with the same employer would help.
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Old 09-09-2013, 08:09 AM   #29
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Personally think you're fine on the financial side. We are w*rking PT (10-20 hrs / week from home) and we have to turn down things to do. You can always find things that interest you to "fill" time. We volunteer, but we also live near the beach, like the warm, year-round waters, love snorkeling and spearfishing.

Still want to learn to scuba and visit more of Central America. We still spend a month or so back in the States, but I feel busier here than the 60 work weeks in LA, except that I'm enjoying it!

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Old 09-15-2013, 06:04 PM   #30
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Very interesting thread, and it's really hit home for me too. I enjoy my job and while hubby is retired, I'm not sure I really want to just yet. PT is an option - I can have the best of both worlds and it's a way of dipping my toes in the waters of freedom before committing. Thanks everyone who's contributed because it's been very thought-provoking.

I'm quite certain my fears aren't money-related at all and I know I'm not alone in that.
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Old 09-15-2013, 08:57 PM   #31
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Very interesting thread, and it's really hit home for me too. I enjoy my job and while hubby is retired, I'm not sure I really want to just yet. PT is an option - I can have the best of both worlds and it's a way of dipping my toes in the waters of freedom before committing. Thanks everyone who's contributed because it's been very thought-provoking.

I'm quite certain my fears aren't money-related at all and I know I'm not alone in that.
I still work part time, but I'm finding that the longer my toes are in the waters of freedom the more I realize that I don't want to take them out.
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Old 10-01-2013, 08:03 PM   #32
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So funny, I just posted my "Hi I'm..." message titled "Afraid to Retire". In my case, though, I know I've got lots of stuff to keep me busy but am fearful about the economy given the weird political climate we live in. (Watching the stock market go down with the government shutdown...)
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Old 10-01-2013, 08:13 PM   #33
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I enjoy my job and while hubby is retired, I'm not sure I really want to just yet. PT is an option - I can have the best of both worlds and it's a way of dipping my toes in the waters of freedom before committing.
This sounds a lot like my wife - she has been working part time for a while now because she enjoys her job (mostly) and gets plenty of time to do other things as well. It is working very well for her. Even though I have very recently FIREd, she intends to carry on as long as it suits her. The fact that w#rking is optional for her takes a lot of the pressure off.
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