Being Managed By Someone Younger - page 3

So this question is primarily for the nurses who are older and perhaps just entering the workplace, for example as a second career (as I will be), or have been in this position when they first... Read More

  1. by   elijahvegas
    It's simple. Drop the ego and think of it in terms of work experience. Who is really the elder when comparing someone who has 5-10-20 years more experience than the newbie to the floor ?
  2. by   jaderook01
    This is a second career for me too. I don't care if they're younger. As long as they know what they're doing then I'm good. I tend to have good rapport with my co-workers. I ask questions and learn from anyone that has experience, no matter their age.
  3. by   lavenderskies
    I could not care less about a charge or manager being younger. I'm just glad someone wants to do those jobs As long as they are good at it and professional I'm all for them.
  4. by   NotYourMamasRN
    I am in my mid 30's and have had managers that were younger. I did not mind, but I did mind when working PRN in an SNF and they were putting new grads in management positions to fill holes. Thankfully I left before the adverse and sentinel events.
  5. by   Avid reader
    Personally, I do not care about age, attitude or demeanor. Only ability. The job is extremely demanding having been there myself. Poor attitude and demeanor generally brings its own problems and is a symptom of Insecurity.. Lack of fairness and objectivity is my pet peeve. I'm one of the lucky people who do not require another's person behaviors to influence my mood unless there's obvious bias and injustice being perpetrated. Most young people are generally competent and if not, should be given the opportunity to learn and be assisted.
  6. by   cyc0sys
    The question is a bit ironic for me as I left my second career as a project manager partly because I was done with managing employees. This is my third career and I’m completely new to nursing.

    Managers typically handle the day to day fire drills best suited for the young, those possessing more ambitious energy than common sense, and a high tolerance for drama. Although age, experience, and communication skills are all factors that influence how good a manager you are, ultimately your ability to grow wings to fly above the ever surmounting BS that stacks up from the top and bottom will dictate your career longevity in the role.

    My greatest understanding of management and being a manager can be most accurately summarized by the Peter Principle- Everyone rises to their own level of incompetence. Ergo, if something works e.g. policy, procedure, etc… but it’s stupid. I don’t have a problem. If something doesn’t work, it’s stupid, or causing problems which are not being addressed, I try to give my manager a ‘nudge’ by kicking into leadership mode.

    Leadership involves looking further down the road than the day to day. Understanding internal challenges that impact the organization, how to improve long term outcomes while offsetting risks, and planning past the latest revised work schedule because 25% of the staff called out.

    My new role, as a simple minion, affords me plenty of time for the long view. While I don’t begrudge younger managers even when they are making bad decisions that effect me. I do delight in the freedom to drop truth bombs and walk out the door at the end of my shift as their lack of planning and insight hits the fan.
  7. by   LessValuableNinja
    When I was 22, I had people working for me in their 40s and 50s. When I consider those that I remember fondly to this day, it's those who respected both my position and inexperience, and appeared to know that I had everyone's best interests at heart, even though I was still learning. I have mentors who I supervised, and one of my best friends was one of my first bosses. He jokingly said to my supervisor, "Be careful. He's going to be your boss in a year." And then I was. And I treated the supervisor who I worked for, who now worked for me, with respect.

    As others have indicated, respect is important. It occurs or does not, regardless of age. I've done a lot of things in life, and nursing isn't my first career. Something that is consistent is that respect is important. Something I find interesting about nursing is that managers and supervisors often have neither the experience or personality to be naturally good at it. But they all are capable of being good at it. If something is a bit off, there's nothing wrong about asking to talk to them alone, then being both honest and respectful.
  8. by   tacticool
    Age has nothing to do with it. Not an issue. It's experience and leadership.
  9. by   yourshoesareuntied
    Seems the older I get and with this being my second career this is going to be normal...considering I was the same age or older then many of my professors I don't think it will be an issue.
    Side note: Being manager isn't always worth the title .... sometimes it takes someone younger to learn that for themselves.
  10. by   NursePoboy
    The way I look at it, I'm younger in experience when it comes to nursing. I'm 39, 13 months experience RN, sometimes I have a 24yr old charge nurse with 3 yrs experience. I have life experience, (not that young people don't), but she's older nursing wise. As long as they are mature and good leaders, who cares?
  11. by   Barmherzigkeit
    Good question. I'm in my mid 50's and have been managed by wonderful people who were older and younger than me. Some of the younger ones were more mature and professional than some of the older ones, and other times, I felt the "MOM" in me rising up to teach a snarky youngster their £#*! actually does stink. And some of the older ones were neurotic pains in the rear. Just depends on the individual, their education and training, and their level of maturity. Just keep a positive attitude, set clear boundaries when pushed, and remember most people mean well, they may just may not be good communicators. Good luck. I know you will do great and your managers will love you regardless of their age. 😀

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