Has anybody experienced age discrimination as a result of applying for a nursing position? I am in my first semester of nursing school
and when finished will be the ripe old age of 46.
I had not have given the idea of age discrimination much thought until I read an article about a nurse in her mid-fifties who was discriminated against. She was in excellent physical condition, and had 20 years of nursing experience on her resume, but was unable to find a job anywhere. She thought that maybe the hospitals she applyed to could find a much less experenced nurse and pay them a lot less.
I am just a bit concerned.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Sep 30, '02
Stephen--think of it this way.
If you were the nurse recruiter for a hospital that was short-staffed, and that was ALWAYS going to be short-staffed (among its other common problems), and you had some med-surg positions to fill and you didn't want these people to leave right away (because that would make more work for you when you had to again fill the same position), who would you hire?
1) A person with enough experience and years to be able to quickly assess the situation, see its major problems, attempt to correct them, realize nothing was going to change, become frustrated and leave, OR
2) A person with little experience or sufficient naivete, who would think that everything wrong was HER fault or her inexperience, was so eager to please that she'd not make any waves, would work overtime or double shifts without complaint, have no life but that of the hospital, be young/compliant enough to be willing to go along with whatever was the "norm" on the unit, and take several years to figure out what the real situation was before she left to go elsewhere or to quit nursing altogether.
Note to PC readers: female pronouns used to avoid stylistic awkwardness (and also because over 96% of bedside RNs are female--the same percentage it was just after WWI).
Last edit by sjoe on Sep 30, '02