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- Feb 18, '12 by nurse2033Its part of growing up. People treat you as they see you. You are very young to be in the biz, but just keep your head on straight, soak up all the knowledge you can, and soon you'll be the old salt.
- Feb 20, '12 by Mr. MurseNo matter what social sphere you're entering, whether it be work or school or whatever, there will ALWAYS be a first impression you make on your peers. In your case, your age is what first defined you. The good news is, while first impressions may always stick with you a little, your real reputation is built over time. So wait it out. Do your job to the best of your ability. Be an asset not only to your patients but to your coworkers as well. Eventually they will see that you are a competent and skilled coworker that they value having around. In the mean time though, learn from the oldies on your floor because they know a hell of a lot more than you will ever learn in school. Seriously, never underestimate how much an experienced nurse knows (even when their techniques and terminology aren't always textbook), and never overestimate how much you know just because you breezed through nursing school. Let the petty stuff about your age roll off your back and once you've proved that you are an asset to the team, your age will just be a playful jab someone brings up from time to time and no longer what defines you.
- Feb 20, '12 by Perpetual StudentI'm pretty young compared to most of my coworkers (not the youngest anymore, though) and that's after I've been in nursing for several years (over 5 now if you count my LPN experience). I'm still younger than the kids of most of my colleagues, and that's OK.
My advice is just to roll with it and learn to appreciate the help and attention. Be positive, open to learning, and helpful. In a few years you'll be an old hand (or at least it'll seem that way).
Man, I'm feeling kinda old now. My hair is starting to go gray. It's just camouflage, though, I swear.
- Feb 24, '12 by GitanoRNcertainly, i can relate to your experience regarding this issue. i earned my rn license at 18yrs. as well, however,looking back i embraced it as an advantage since every season nurse took me under their wing. having said that, don't stop your education go as far as you can, wishing you all the best in your future...aloha~