Nursing in Your Later Years: Are You Ready for a Change?

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Over time, our interests can also change considerably, and the job that used to feel good can start to grate on our nerves. So, what should an older nurse do when they feel ready for change?

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When we first become nurses - especially when we’re relatively young - floor nursing and other physically demanding positions can be quite fulfilling on many levels. As we age, our physical stamina can lessen, and we can also develop new personal and professional goals that steer us away from direct care and towards other healthcare-related career paths.

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Keith Carlson
Keith Carlson, RN, BSN, NC-BC, is a holistic career coach for nurses, award-winning nurse blogger, writer, podcaster, speaker, author, and popular career columnist. With two decades of nursing experience, Keith deeply understands the issues faced by 21st-century nurses. Keith’s two podcasts, RNFM Radio and The Nurse Keith Show, offer inspiration and practical support to nurses seeking to create meaningful, satisfying lives and careers. Keith’s message of savvy career management and professional satisfaction reaches tens of thousands of nurses worldwide. Keith can be found on many social media platforms---including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Instagram - as well as at and Digital Doorway.
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Veronie Hollands
04 Oct 2019
This resource gave a good generalised idea about looking at and evaluating an individuals current work pathway choices and whether that satisfies their objectives in both career and lifestyle. It also questions if a change of focus in their pathway may benefit them or even a complete change in career. Allows the individual to obtain greater insights into their desires for the future with consideration not only of current skills and knowledge but also the physical changes of their body and if this places any limitations on the work life.
Megan Liddell
18 May 2022
Great insightful resource,
Anne Domingo
10 Mar 2020
This is a convenient and great resource. I highly recommend this to anyone who is interested to reinforce or improve their practice.
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Harry Rauker
26 Sep 2019
a good and inspiring article
Melissa Sinfield
17 Aug 2020
A very timely article. The population of nurses in Australia is ageing and this article will be highly relevant to a growing number of nurses.
yvonne crispin
01 Sep 2022
Registered Nurse
Lynley Macleod
05 Oct 2019
Melinda Kelly-Hamilton
10 Apr 2022
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Colleen Williams
03 May 2022
Registered Nurse
Not relevant .
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Barbara Hastie
02 Dec 2019
This is written by an academic with little appreciation of current barriers to older employees within the Australian health workforce. The author has made health assumption statements influenced by those he has cared for or researched about. Perhaps the older, mature person that is fit and healthy are not seen in acute settings. This is reflected in the author generalisation and inaccurate statements. Ageism is very real. Interview panels with HR managers who do not value experience but listens for key 'in' words. These words do not indicate passion, experience and flexibility assisting those new to the health business.
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