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Former banker Cody Buck, 58, and his wife, Starr Buck, 53, a former small-business owner, had no problem landing jobs as registered nurses in Lubbock, Texas, when they both graduated from nursing school in December 2009. Covenant Health System, the second-largest employer in Lubbock after Texas Tech University, recruited the couple before they even graduated. "I think there's always going to be a job open for a good nurse," says Buck, who now works three 12-hour shifts a week. He makes less money than he did as a banker but enjoys the work more. "I am moving to a stage in life where I am looking for some type of reward other than just financial," he says. "I think as people age, everybody has some kind of additional need to make some kind of contribution, some kind of personal fulfillment." When you can combine a paycheck and a calling, delaying retirement doesn't sound so bad.
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