Older nurses vs younger nurses - page 5

by Girlygirl69

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I'm sick and tired of the older nurses vs younger nurses crap. We all have the same damn degree and we do the same damn work. I was at work the other day and two senior nurses were in the break room bragging about how when they... Read More


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    I just love these little green men....takes the edge off, don't you think?
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    [quote=ladside;5614983]Wow!! What an interesting topic! I have the fortune of being blessed with both worlds. I once had a patient and her husband who decided that they didn't want me as their nurse. No problem. Patient satisfaction, right? So the Team Leader replaced me, no questions asked, no hard feelings. Well, the other nurse met with a task that she couldn't do and she came and asked me for my help. Again, no problem. Team player, right? When I carried out the task, which I won't say what it was because, seriously folks, nothing tops experience in my opinion, the patient and her husband was so grateful that they apologized for requesting a different nurse. What happened was that they ASSUMED that I was young based solely on my appearance and as such, that ASSUMED an inability to care for the patient due to lack of knowledge. The older-looking nurse was younger than me by 6 years and only had 2 years of experience as opposed to my 20+ years with a younger-looking face. The fact is, that I have children that were older than my patient and her husband.

    Bottom line, you can't judge a book by its cover. I was not offended and neither was my co-worker. I was actually flattered. But because I have experience, I've learned that some things are just not worth fighting about and even more of the things that you are bound to hear, do not even deserve a comment. Those are the things that just......are. Nursing is such a stressful field because it involves all types of personalities that requires nurses to 'KEEP DAMN SMILING'! If you can manage to do that under the most deplorable circumstances, you, too, will look young after your 20+ years of experience when you become the OLD BAT in years but remain the spring chicken in attitude and physique.
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    yep. there are 36 year olds i work with, who look 25, with 15 years experience as an RN and 50 year olds with 1-3 years experience in nursing.....
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    Quote from Girlygirl69
    I'm sick and tired of the older nurses vs younger nurses crap......We nurses can sometimes be our own worst enemy. Forget the docs and administration, we love to knock down the newbie so that we can feel better about ourselves. Stop the madness people
    This thread started out biased and disrespectful. Old broads? I'm in the *young* category and found your 'vent' ludicrous. It seems you have a lot of issues with your co-workers. Between the old PCT's who gimp around on bad knees to the old broads who can't figure out how to charge their cell phone it sounds like you must be running the floor since you have so much more going for you?

    This whole thread is ridiculously childish and yet again shows the professionalism of nursing. Bickering like grade schoolers and juvenile remarks. I can certainly appreciate a thread with differing opinions and points of view but I really can't believe threads like this. Re-hashing a beat up dead horse is a waste of time. I'm sorry I wasted mine and even took the time to comment. I think I'll get a life and get off AN now
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    Quote from DookieMeisterRN
    This thread started out biased and disrespectful. Old broads? I'm in the *young* category and found your 'vent' ludicrous. It seems you have a lot of issues with your co-workers. Between the old PCT's who gimp around on bad knees to the old broads who can't figure out how to charge their cell phone it sounds like you must be running the floor since you have so much more going for you?

    This whole thread is ridiculously childish and yet again shows the professionalism of nursing. Bickering like grade schoolers and juvenile remarks. I can certainly appreciate a thread with differing opinions and points of view but I really can't believe threads like this. Re-hashing a beat up dead horse is a waste of time. I'm sorry I wasted mine and even took the time to comment. I think I'll get a life and get off AN now
    My point exactly....goodbye
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    This poster is talking the truth, "nurses eat their young" and don't want to offer constructive feedback, rather prefer to talk to the older colleagues and senior staff about the younger nurse who they may not like. Although, I did notice that some nurses of different races are more endearing to nurses of their own culture... but for the majority, nurses hate when a newbie comes to the unit for orientation and treat them with disdain. Few help, the struggling newbie.. and rather gossip and chitter chat about the new young nurse, and don't tell them their concerns to their actual face. As for the poster, she's wrong to talk about them not being able to charge their phone without her... but she's right, that few nurses are willing to help, and once people have formed their allegiances, to heck with everyone else, especially the newbie.
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    Quote from PrincessRN101
    This poster is talking the truth, "nurses eat their young" and don't want to offer constructive feedback, rather prefer to talk to the older colleagues and senior staff about the younger nurse who they may not like. Although, I did notice that some nurses of different races are more endearing to nurses of their own culture... but for the majority, nurses hate when a newbie comes to the unit for orientation and treat them with disdain. Few help, the struggling newbie.. and rather gossip and chitter chat about the new young nurse, and don't tell them their concerns to their actual face. As for the poster, she's wrong to talk about them not being able to charge their phone without her... but she's right, that few nurses are willing to help, and once people have formed their allegiances, to heck with everyone else, especially the newbie.
    That may be your experience, but I know lots of young nurses who feel differently. In the hospital where I work and many others, the leadership and the seasoned nurses have intentionally built an atmosphere where nurse-eating is not the norm and is not welcome.

    No workplace is perfect, but when there is a culture of respect from the top down, decency toward all co-workers is expected and the kind of self-centered, mean-spirited behavior you and the OP generalized about sticks out like a green nose.

    I'm sorry you've had such negative experiences, but generalizations are generally a good thing to shy away from.
    Last edit by rn/writer on Mar 13, '12
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    I agree with RN/writer,

    In reality I don't even comprehend the argument that started all of this. Venting is fine, realistically though I don't see how it has anything to do with age however. It just sounds like a clash with an individual at work, not age/experience related.

    In my viewpoint on respect I think it's best practice to respect everyone in our workplace for the positive things they bring to the table and from my upbringing I do hold a greater respect for those with more experience than I. Only because they've experienced so much more than I could possibly understand, my four years isn't anything to 20 if you know what I mean? They've pretty much done the hard slog I haven't got to yet and have plenty of experience to share and teach.

    However experienced or not, no one is less or better because of this. I just don't think it's a point to ignore that's all, just like I'd have more respect for a person who is a brilliant cannulation master XD in that area. Or someone who has that mastery with words to reassure a tearful person, or be assertive to the worst doctors, they all have things I can learn from.

    I suppose all I can say to the original argument is I'm sorry you felt so disrespected but... I think those in question just weren't being very nice. Not that there's a 'vs' anywhere there, as everyone no matter their age is totally individual. A same aged/experienced nurse may of stuck up for you were they in the same room.


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