Too old for ICU?

  1. 1 year telemetry/med surg experience (still there) and am 53. I've been reasonably successful at my job and am ready to move on. I have an interview for ICU at another hospital. Am I too old for them to even consider me? I am healthy, in good physical shape, but suddenly worried that they'll laugh at me as soon as I walk into the interview. Am I being paranoid or should I steel myself for likely being turned down?
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  2. 26 Comments

  3. by   lawandaluxnurse
    Go in there and give them you best at the interview. There is no reason you should not be considered! GOOD LUCK! You will do fine!!
  4. by   bsyrn
    Haven't you heard...50 is the new 40. You will do great, good luck
  5. by   merlee
    Best wishes!!! There is age discrimination, but it is subtle, and will be denied. How can it be proven, unless something is said.

    But that does not automatically exclude you, and your maturity brings a lot to the table.

    Do not allow the discussion to dwell on your age, or age-related issues.

    Take care!
  6. by   MaryAnn_RN
    I just had an interview and was successful (I'm 52) and my age wasn't mentioned.
  7. by   JayVArn
    That is a load... there is no such thing a too old. Think of all the real world experience you have and highlight that in your interview. When i started in the ICU I was 22, some said I was too young, but I made it work anyway.
  8. by   gonzo1
    50 is the new 30
    I have recently been hired for 2 new jobs at the tender age of 55. So you shouldn't really have a problem. And ICUs appreciated maturity due to the critical nature of the patients
  9. by   scoochy
    The challenge of working in an ICU is great! I say go for it, and hope you have a positive outcome!
  10. by   itsmejuli
    The manager who hired me told me if she had a choice she'd hire all post-menopausal women because we don't go out on maternity leave and we don't call in sick because we can't find a babysitter.
  11. by   eyeball
    THANK YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  12. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from merlee
    best wishes!!! there is age discrimination, but it is subtle, and will be denied. how can it be proven, unless something is said.

    but that does not automatically exclude you, and your maturity brings a lot to the table.

    do not allow the discussion to dwell on your age, or age-related issues.

    take care!
    from what i've seen the age discrimination is mostly against those at the top of the pay scale due to their many years of experience. a 53 year old with only one year of experience won't be at the top of the pay scale, so there should be no issues. good luck with that interview, young'un.
  13. by   Girlygirl69
    Quote from eyeball
    1 year telemetry/med surg experience (still there) and am 53. I've been reasonably successful at my job and am ready to move on. I have an interview for ICU at another hospital. Am I too old for them to even consider me? I am healthy, in good physical shape, but suddenly worried that they'll laugh at me as soon as I walk into the interview. Am I being paranoid or should I steel myself for likely being turned down?
    You're never too old. Unless you can't physically stand for a shift, you're never too old. The great thing with nursing is that the physical aspect is rough but you have other nurses and aides who can help you. You're brain and knowledge is what's needed most and until Alzheimer's sets in you're good. Good luck on the interview and knock 'em dead....well not the patient of course
  14. by   Rob72
    Geez, I'd be more concerned with being "too old" to be a floor 'ho, oops "nurse", on the typical med-surge floor. No offense, anyone, you know you're overworked & underpaid.

    I'm not far behind you, & I'm too old for that crap.

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