And if Mildred Chambers, RN supervisor at Hunter Acres Caring Center in Sikeston is an example, the transition will go well.
Chambers recently received a certificate of recognition for her being a candidate in the 16th annual Outstanding Older Worker Contest, a competition which emphasizes the unique contribution older workers bring to the work force and encourages employers to hire more mature workers.
After retiring from years of work in emergency rooms as a registered nurse, Chambers quickly tired of being at home. She brought her years of experience back into the work force in January 2000 when she began working at Hunter Acres Caring Center.
Nancy Driskill, administrator at the Caring Center, said Chambers brought a wealth of knowledge for emergency assessment, procedures and interventions.
"The staff knows Mildred is a true charge nurse," Driskill said. "They respect her for never backing away from the trenches.
She also described Chambers as "a role model to our staff."
The Outstanding Older Worker Contest is sponsored by the Missouri Senior Employment Coordinating Committee.
Agencies included in the committee are Experience Works, AARP Foundation, U.S. Forest Service, Cardinal Ritter Institute, Jewish Vocational Services, and divisions of the Department of Economic Development and Department of Health and Senior Services.