Age discrimination

  1. Will be finishing BSN program in December and seems like finding that first position with no experience can be daunting. Just curious if anyone has encountered age discrimination...I am 45.
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    About cbennett3, BSN

    Joined: Jan '11; Posts: 7; Likes: 2
    RN; from US
    Specialty: 3 year(s) of experience


  3. by   slave_diverRN
    I'm 42 and did not have any trouble r/t age. In this economy, where employers are taking a big risk in hiring someone, sometimes maturity and stability are BIG assets.

    Best of luck to you and congratulations!
  4. by   ~Mi Vida Loca~RN
    Botox??? I KID I KID. Honestly I don't think you will have a lot of trouble with your age. The trouble might be from the economy but just from the managers I have talked to they look highly on non-traditional students. One manager told me she felt the typical "older parent that worked on school after raising their kids and had no medical experience" made the best new hires. Her exact words.
  5. by   FLmomof5
    I'm 49 and just got my first RN job. I didn't feel that there were any concerns regarding my age....
  6. by   DolceVita
    I am over 40 and if there is an employer who is not interested in me because of that...I don't want to work there -- especially if they would rather have a 22 year-old instead. I mean no disrespect to 22 y/o but I have skills and experience they can't bring to the table. So, if an employer is that silly, good luck to them.
  7. by   CAL05699
    I am in my early 50s and did not have any trouble. I think that most employers realize that your experience definitely helps you as a new nurse.
  8. by   dudette10
    When asked what I can bring to the table in a recent interview, I think I flubbed it when the NM disagreed with me and said, "No. You bring maturity that most of the candidates don't have."

    Ok, I'll buy that.

    I don't appear old--I don't think I do--but I do believe age has given me a certain way of presenting myself and looking at things from a more holistic point of view that comes through. It's been a benefit to me, in more ways than one.