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April 6th, 2022

I have been a nurse since 1974. My speciality, Surgical Services
( Operating Room & Endoscopy).
I am experienced in all specialties: open heart, orthopedics, vascular, general, GYN, ENT, eyes & robotics.
The best role for a nurse over 50, is to do what is your passion, if you are able to. Age should be irrelevant if you are doing your job. This question offended me. I will turn 70 this year.

March 13th, 2022

Anything you have a passion to do 😊

March 31st, 2022

A Management position. So their knowledge con be passed down to younger staff. Also nursing is hard on the body physically so some nurses over 50 start to feel the effects of their physical labor when younger

April 1st, 2022

I don't agree that at 50 you should apply for a management position. Management is really hard physically and mentally. You need to put in twice the amount of work that you did as a floor nurse. If you have the opportunity Case Management or Insurance Nurse are great position that could carry you into retirement. Good luck.

July 4th, 2022

Case Management, Discharge Planning, Utilization Review.

April 20th, 2022

Travel nursing. I began Travel Nursing in RV at 50. Best thing ever! I am now 56, traveling correctional nurse, medical surgical and grad with NP next Monday.

April 12th, 2022

I am almost 48 and found my love in outpatient infusion. I still get to take care of patients and they become like family. They are (walkie-talkie) so they don’t require a bunch of lifting or things to that affect. I start IV’s, use PICC lines, access ports. We give a couple chemos but mostly blood and platelets transfusions, iron, hydration and such. We even draw labs and give a couple injections. I absolutely love my job!❀️ Good luck to you.

April 2nd, 2022

After 30 years in the ED, mostly in triage and trauma, I recently started with a vascular access team. We start US guided IVs all over the hospital. We are very popular and very much appreciated! Quite a welcome change πŸ˜ƒ

August 24th, 2022

I also became an infusion nurse at age 54 and I’m still there. I absolutely love my job. I love the patients. They’re in and out. Not a lot of walking. Not that stressful. At times it can be very busy but it always calms down. I’m 62 now and still going strong.

August 24th, 2022

I came off the floor at age 54 (thank God!) and did infusion for a couple of years and now do same day surgery which is where I’ll probably stay until I can retire (5-7 more years). I’m almost 63 and I’m grateful for the hours (Mon-Fri) and very little lifting and out by 1pm, not to mention holidays with my family again

August 24th, 2022

The nurse over fifty can perform in any role. The best role is the one that is best suited to that individual nurse; it depends on the nurse's preference. However, Case Management is a good role. The nurse gets to provide health education and assist patients in making informed decisions about their care. The nurse case manager also gets to provide patients with resources that can help them to better manage their disease process. This allow patients to have more confidence and better understand the process. This knowledge and resources if utilized correctly can decrease the patients' hospitalization and lead to better health outcomes for them. Nurse educator is also a good role, as it allow that nurse to help create a positive impact on new nurses. Guiding them along the student journey, as it can be a difficult one. There is also legal nurse consultant. So I would say there is not one best role for nurses over 50, but a variety of roles that nurses over 50 can consider.

April 1st, 2022

Wherever the individual nurse feels their experience and health can allow them to practice is where they should be. One valuable lesson Never break a solid foundation they are the solidity and experience in practice.

April 18th, 2022

IMHO- some of the best roles for nurses over 50 are in patient education-like diabetes educator, asthma or cardiac rehab. It allows us to use our broad range of knowledge,
Continue our involvement with patients, yet allows for a standard schedule and has less physical demands. Alternatively, utilization review or quality are also good choices.

March 30th, 2022

Bullies come in all ages and skin tones. As for work, anywhere they feel confident and capable to work.

April 3rd, 2022

Clinical Instructor

March 30th, 2022

For me at 57 it's retirement in 2 years. School Nursing is what I have done for the past 23 years but it's time to clear a path for a new nurse. Pulbic school settings are changing and I look forward to spending my retirement checks traveling the world....... Life is short!

March 8th, 2022

Outpatient! Oncology or Dermatology might be an option as well as urgent care or private practice offices. People forget that there is a nursing need outside the hospital too. Hope it helps!

March 13th, 2022

Thanks! I've tried a few things in a few areas. It seems older nurses have a bad rap for being bullies and hard to work with. I hope I can manage that successfully. So far it's been challenging, even in a staffing shortage. It's a bit strange, I think.

March 14th, 2022


April 1st, 2022

Any thing your interested in doing.

April 3rd, 2022

Clinical instructor

March 7th, 2022


September 5th, 2022

I am over 50 and work as a manager. Worked for years as a manager. I also taught nursing. I view nurses over 50 years of age as diamonds. During, after the height of COVID, and now, the experience of the bedside nurse has changed. Thousands of new nurses had the traditional clinical experience interrupted. All the U-tube videos in the world cannot take the real world experience of clinicals and hands on experience. Thousands of travel nurses are new nurses. As seasoned nurses in our 50’s, we take these young nurses under our wings and teach them on technical and communication skills. I had nurses who never started IVs, inserted catheters, or problems engaging in empathetic or crucial conversations with patients and families. I love videos to introduce and reinforce skills, but real hands on is priceless. I’m in my late 50’s and young nurses are amazed at my skills, talents, and energy. If you love something, age is just a number. Older nurses can help young and other nurses gain or get back in touch the true reason they became a nurse. Our leave this statement for another time. Patients, families, health care organizations, and communities expect safe and quality care, and the 50+ nurses are assets to help instill and guide practices.

April 25th, 2022

That would be whatever area you are qualified to work in. Please remember you have nurses who are just entering the profession at 50.

March 29th, 2022

Any role

August 4th, 2022

Personally, I don’t think there should be an age cut off on what you can do as a nurse, may it be transitioning from clinical to management or whatever. May you be under 50 or over 50, I think your role depends on where your heart, interest and passion lies. The role that you assume past 50 is pretty much self-determined. The best role for me may not be applicable to you.
Nursing defines you as a person. Does it really matter what role you assume?
Follow your heart. That’s what I’ll do if I were in your place. By the way, I’m way past 50 and still LOVE what I do as an OR nurse for 42 years and counting.
Good luck!

August 4th, 2022

I have been a nurse since 1972 , and looking back to when I was 50 was not different than when I was first working in Critical at 20. I don't believe it should matter unless the nurse has physical limitations and that would be the only consideration, as I have seen nurses in their upper 60-70's functioning just as well or even better than a new grad.

April 12th, 2022

I would suggest a remote position such as triage or telehealth. There are also insurance companies looking for RN’s to work as consultants for medical claims.

April 8th, 2022


September 5th, 2022

What role is there for over 50 is the same for a 25 year old. The benefit I bring is 30 years of multi scope practice. For me , vascular access specialist will always be my favorite.

August 28th, 2022

Hi there, I think it is positive you are looking at longevity in the arena of nursing. I have been a nurse 32 years mostly in the high paced areas of ED, ICU. I am fit and very active, however I wanted to get out of direct patient care permanently as I have experienced enough. I have been out of patient care for about 8 years now.

I really enjoyed the house supervisor/patient placement position but it can get crazy with a lot of responsibilities. I currently am enjoying utilization management. My current position opens up the choices of working from home and/or working part time. And because of all my previous clinical and administrative experiences it was an easy transition. There is continual growth and educational opportunities.

I hope this helps and good luck!

May 2nd, 2022

I'm newer to the industry but - I've heard many older nurses happy in OR/pre-op, nurse recruiting for hospitals, primary care offices, and tele-health. I hope you find something that works for you! :)

April 21st, 2022


March 30th, 2022

Managment , clinical teaching , clinical areas in the hospital where the Nurse feel confortable and safe to practice, outside the hospital in clinic , ambulatory care , becoming an DNP to work with patient or teach , any position related to Nursing
That makes the Nurse happy and useful to herself and society ; to have a productive life spasm .

September 18th, 2022

I don’t know, I have been a nurse for 20 years Lpn, then recieved my RN just under 3 years ago, should have aBSN by spring ( I’m 57 healthy and fit and I do not want to slow down) I have been a floor nurse Ortho, Neuro,worked at a SNF as a floor nurse, unit manager and currently at an ALF as an ADON.There are many options .

September 14th, 2022

always put down your retired

August 6th, 2022

Whatever makes you happy! Try something new at any age. There is no age limit or requirement for nurse positions that I am aware of. (I believe that might be illegal!).

April 25th, 2022


April 1st, 2022