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Exploring A Medical Career In This Chapter Of Life

July 6th, 2017 | No Comment Yet

As employees age, it can happen that retirement arrives sooner they desired and many are not ready to retire. For those who wish to explore a new career path in their later chapter of life, pursuing a medical career can be a positive and uplifting change after retirement. Equipped with an ACLS certification or having received CPR training, retired individuals feel as if they can still help others, no matter their age. Choosing to explore a medical career in the later chapter of your life can be rewarding and more fulfilling. There are more jobs than people recognize, such as non-clinical positions and clinical specialties, that are available to those hoping to find a medical career before they retire. Five healthcare careers that are still accessible to those at retirement age include a caregiver, nurse, transition assistant, medical research, and volunteer work.


Caregivers are responsible for helping with the everyday tasks needed by a variety of individuals with a variety of disabilities. Whether you are tending to the needs of a special needs patient or an elderly individual, these duties can include helping with simple needs such as preparing and feeding meals, to more crucial ones, like addressing an emergency. Caregiving specifically to the elderly is becoming a more and more talked about issue. Most caregivers are spouses, parents, or children of the individual in need of care. There are approximately 43.5 million volunteer caregivers in the U.S. According to the National Alliance of Caregiving and AARP, 48% are 18-49 years old and 35% are 65 years old or older. Those who are healthy and are able to care for others have the opportunity to become a caregiver.


People may think that as they get older, becoming a nurse could be more difficult to do. However, most individuals are unaware that hospitals are finding new ways to accommodate older employees and make their jobs more comfortable. To keep older nurses from retiring and invite new individuals to become nurses at an older age, many hospitals haven chosen to reduce their hours. This allows older nurses to still have a career in medicine and still be able to have the time and energy to enjoy their life outside of work. Healthcare facilities also strive to figure out the best way to make the schedules work for everyone. Hospitals have even developed new hydraulic technology to assist nurses in lifting and turning patients. Older nurses also have the ability to teach student nurses about the health care facility, how things are done, how to use their best judgment, and how to interact with patients and their families.

Transition Assistance

When a military veteran comes home, they may struggle as they try to adjust back into a normal life away from the day to day stresses of the battlefield. Once they do, they are then faced with the decision of choosing to update their skills or reach for a higher professional level. When going through this transition, several veterans turn towards others for assistance and additional training. Individuals hoping to switch to a medical career can be actively involved in programs that can help lessen the stresses of this transition that military veterans may experience.

Volunteer Work

Jumping to the medical career later on in life can limit our options of jobs and career paths we can take, but we can still take time out of our life and focus on someone else’s. Volunteer work is something that doesn’t require a degree or any special skills or certification. It can be done by anyone from ages eight to eighty-five. Volunteer work could be handing out flowers to patients, reading to kids at the children’s hospital, or taking time to go talk to and visit with the people at a nursing home. Volunteering can also include making blankets to send to the shelter, serving food at the homeless shelter, or filling backpacks for hungry teens.

How To Get Started

Before making a decision, it is important to take time and analyze your likes and dislikes. For instance, if you are not fond of children, then you shouldn’t work in pediatrics. Another helpful planning tip to do before you change careers is to find the similarities between your old job and the new one you are looking into. Getting involved can help the individual be more aware of possible job and learning opportunities.

Author: Linda Gimmeson




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