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I'm a 64 year old registered nurse with 35 years of good, solid, varied experience. I have a college degree and three national certifications, excellent performance reviews. I'm part of a group of experienced (read: top of the pay scale) nurses like me who were forced out of our jobs in a major healthcare system in 2007. I have made over 60 applications in the last 4 years, and have gotten 1 interview--no job. Our pension plan went from defined benefit to defined contribution a few years ago. I've chosen not to draw it until absolutely necessary. I'm living on Social Security at present which as I'm drawing early reduces the monthly benefit. It doesn't augur well for the quality of healthcare to select against the most experienced providers. When you or your family need healthcare, do YOU want the lowest common denominator? As in most things, you get what you pay for. Relative poverty is not the right outcome for 35 years of mentally, physically and emotionally demanding work, and it discourages capable people from entering the field. Ruth 97220