Hello from England, I am an RN who worked in NHS for 30 years in a variety of settings, from hospital, hospice, hospice at home, and community nursing. I took early retirement at 59 and really missed my work and colleagues after a few months. As I didn't want to commit myself to permanent hours, I joined an agency in order to work when it suited me. I must say that I have been doing this for 2 and a half years for the same community and I love it. As a rule agency nurse are not made welcome by permanent staff but here in Northampton I have been made to feel part of the various teams I have worked with, even teaching the student nurses ( this is not normally an agency nurses role). The people I work with appreciate my experience and as a level 6 mentor they are glad to have someone share the role with the permenant staff.
I am not seen as an older nurse but as a person with a wealth of experience that can be trusted to perform my duties in a professional manner whilst being part of the team. I am now 62 but very young at heart and with an appreciation of the younger staff and the more up to date knowledge that they bring to the team and I am always keen to update my knowledge.
I feel that we all learn from each other and if we treat each other as members of our very special club, we can't go wrong.
Best wishes to you all