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    Eventually there comes a time when the best of nurses gets old enough that they slow down. Some people can keep up a reasonable pace until they retire, but others just can’t keep up any longer, but what they do is still top rated. Admin has a hard time finding a reason to let them go, because usually they don’t want to, and also because it is a generalized slowing down, and not really any mistakes.

    How do you handle your elderly co-workers that just don’t keep up like they used to? Do you pick up the slack shift after shift or do you go to admin?


    I worked with a nurse for 5 years. When I started to work with her, she was 79 years old. She had a lot of experience, and was a great go to person for advice. She had no family, and her job was her life. She had severe COPD. I had to do all of her work that required physical strength. For example any dressing that required turning the patient,or lifting a limb and holding it. I also had to do all the codes on her patients, as she could no longer be certified in CPR, because she was to weak to do chest compression’s. They probably should have got rid of her because she could not physically do her work.She was such a sweetheart, we all loved her and gladly picked up her slack. She finally retired when she was 83, when her COPD got so bad, she had to be on continuous O2, and had exertional dyspnea. I still frequently pick her up on my days off, and take her out to lunch.

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