Where are you applying? Hospital? LTC? I am an LPN at a LTCF and mostly take report from 50+ yr old nurses. The nurse that I work with sometimes is a male, 57 yr old. He has been the best mentor to me. He's done it all. I'm going back to school in January for RN, and I plan to work in the hospital after that. BUT-I consider my LTC experience valuable, and am glad I've worked there. I'm 32, and have been a nurse for two years.
They should not be discriminating. Did you call them back? They should give you a reason as to why they didn't hire you or send you a letter. Like, "thank you for applying, but we found someone more qualified, with more experience, etc.
It is your right to know why. If you feel they're discriminating, I would let them know. Then they'll tell you what their deal is. I say you just keep trying-don't get too down on yourself-it also could be that they are not very organized.
Good luck, Jenny