I am over 50 years old and STILL can't get a job in nursing here. After studying for 7 years and spending in excess of 40K needless to say I am very disappointed in myself. I may be wrong but it sure seems like my age. All of my classmate I have spoke with have great jobs and get called for interviews but not me except for 3 interviews of which I got nary a one. When I went to school there was talk of sign on bonus and the great need and now after all the study and expense I am beginning to worry. I am really hurting financially and no job. I am told that not having worked as a student nurse hurts me but my I had to watch my kids while my wife worked and went to school so I simply was not able. I can see nothing else but my age that is the diff and do not know what to do. I had a very decent GPA and belong to Sigma Theta Tau and I guess it does not trump age. Sorry for the poor me but now my wife and kids are suffering financially and I will have to apply for food stamps soon. I simply cannot believe that after all of the study and sacrifice to achieve my goal of a BSN RN that I just got through epoxying my kids tennis shoes for school tomorrow. Some secretary at the last hospital I applied to told me I should go to a nursing home and apply as I could probably relate to the patients. I wish I had known there was such age discrimination! Any ideqas appreciated.
Feb 24, '09
by ohmeowzer RN
i know with this ecomony hiring for new grads have decreased. it maybe the ecomony and not your age. my hospital is not hiring at all and no new grads have been hired for awhile. my mother worked as a RN until she was 70 , for 50 years ( God Bless her) . on the floor i work we have 2 nurses that are over 50 and i am almost there (4 years , 3 years in may ).
i think you should take a job where you can get it , obtain some expirence and then apply. don't give up , please you are not out of the game yet. there has got to be something for you. have you tried agencies , hospice, ? please keep us posted o your job search. the people on this site are very supportive and they will help you come up with ideas. take care and i send hugs !!
Last edit by ohmeowzer RN on Feb 24, '09
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