I became a nurse in late 69 and was among a segment of .02% of the nursing population at that time. Male nurses get the dumbest responses when saying "I am an R.N."
"A Male Nurse?"is always replied.
Regarding the antiques of the day that for some reason just cannot break the routine of getting up and going to a job they probably started when the place you work was built. Be nice to them, remember the power (and the torch) is in all of you younger nurses.
Thus, the bosses of these older nurses are younger. When working as a capturer of evil doers in nursing care facilities, I found many older and obese on the midnight shift to be the seriously ill persons.
But you must remember they are afraid and covering their fear with the fragments of dominence once held.
Age really has nothing to do with it, (although it is an easy way to sway support.
Women(men) like this have always been like this. Look among yourselves and the minute your ear tends to lean toward any form of gossip you too are guilty. The gossip plague has ruined the potential for so many nurses, don't take any sides but your own and stop and think if the resentment felt in these older comrades is worth all the energy they are taking from you.
I always went by the answer to a question I asked during the legal section of Nursing school
"If whatever action taken, is taken for the benefit of the patient, there shall be no fear of litigation." Just get a doctor to ok your insubordination, with a witness.