Quote from Ruas61
I am having a hard time believing some aspects of this post.
Honestly, the repeated need to keep mentioning the advanced age of this supposed nurse in conjunction with 'coming with the building' or 'looking like she should be a patient' discredits your intentions.
It sounds like age baiting which seems to be a pass time lately.
If a nurse is functioning as ineptly as you are presenting. She needs to be brought to management's attention.
"Like" this post 100,000 times. Lately,it seems like every forum you go into has at least one post/thread denigrating older nurses. I've seen older nurses called "old hags", "crusty", and now this post, all in one week. Those are just the ones I remember.
Maybe there are serious issues with this nurse, but you discredit your case with the snarks about her looks and her age. (See Rusa61's comment.)
Have staff members documented her deficiencies and taken them to management? If not someone who can do so in a tactful, objective manner should do so.
You have no idea why she's continuing to work. She may have financial issues that make her feel like she can't retire. Maybe she still enjoys aspects of her job. She may have been raised to believe that you keep working till you drop. (I've known some people like that.) I kind of feel sorry for her, having to come in to work with people sniggering at her behind her back.
In any case, an unsafe/underperforming should not continue to work. That doesn't mean, however, that all nurses her age are incapable of being effective staff members. And it doesn't mean that you shouldn't show her respect and kindness, not just as a colleague and fellow nurse, but as a human being. Think of all the changes she has seen in her career; she's probably been a nurse for ~50 years. She could probably tell you an interesting tale or two, if you'd let her. I'd be willing to bet she knows what her younger colleagues are thinking and saying about her. How sad.
Someday you're going to be older; you don't stay young forever. When you get into your 50s it can be really hard to run all day with your hair on fire working on a busy unit. You're going to want your co-workers to treat you with respect, not carping behind your back.
We hear about nurses "eating their young" ad nauseum
. This is an example of nurses eating their old. No one really cares about that, but it happens more often than many care to admit.