I am a nursing student and will be graduating in 2004 with my bachelor's degree. I am very proud of myself for this accomplishment....because I will be 48 years old when I graduate.
I keep reading about this nursing shortage, and have experienced it first hand when I had major surgery a year ago. But understanding that the nursing staff was overworked helped me be more understanding.
It occurs to me that maybe schools
are targeting the wrong age group for nursing students. Perhaps they should be targeting the older, more mature student (please don't think that I am putting down the younger student)who is ready to go back to school. I see this as an advantage because of the nursing shortage and the amount of "older" people who really want to go back to school. Allot of older students don't want to go into the high tech fields and want a job that they can retire from with a good retirement income.
If hospitals and nursing school
recruiters would look at this from an economic point of view, I'm sure they would see that the "older" student pretty much knows what they want to do with the rest of their life, and would be a good hiring risk.
Please don't think that I am in any way demeaning the younger student/nurse...but as I have read, most of the younger ones are moving into the high tech field, and I think that is great!
I know I'm rambling, but I really feel that nurse recruiters should look at this...maybe it would help out!