Too young to be a nurse??

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    Hello, I have a friend who was telling me that the younger the person goes into nursing field the more they're looked down upon by other nurses. I would thing that if we were being judged it would be by our work skills not our age.I am starting feel like I am a little naive about these things but I would really like to know. So, just out of curiosity how old was the youngest nurse you have worked for? How are younger nurses seen in your work enviroment? Is there really that much of a discrimination on age? I would like to know of any personal experiences or comments about this matter.
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    I think that depends. If the young nurse comes in as a know it all, it won't go over well. If she comes in willing to learn, she will be accepted. At our facility, we have a 23 yr old that is just starting out. She is quiet, eager to learn and we are very protective of her, because she isn't obnoxious, lol.
    Last edit by tokmom on Aug 5, '11
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    I finished nursing school at 21 and started my job. I just turned 22 a few days ago. Everyone's been so nice and helpful with me so far.
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    That's a difficult question. To an extent - and solely in my own experience - there is a tendency amongst CERTAIN types of "older" nurses to give youngsters a hard time. This didn't happen in the large teaching and training hospital where I finally completed my training in the 1980's, but it definitely happened in the psychiatric hospItal and in the combined acute care/spinal injury/LTC care facility that I worked in during the 1970's. I believe that the problem in those two hospitals was that there were too many really "old" nurses in those hospitals who had a very bad attitude towards students.

    That said, I also encountered some really awesome nurses in both facilities who taught me a lot, so although my memories of these places are not very happy, they are not universally unhappy.
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    2 of the brightest, smartest nurses I know were in my nursing classes and they were both 18. They were smart, studied hard, just really cool people and are excellent nurses today, now 8 years later.
    Neither one of them had any trouble that I am aware of, and I worked with both of them when we were all new grads
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    while I dont have an answer, I have the complete opposite problem. I am 40 and will finish my program this year, and am very worried that my age will hinder my ability to obtain employment b/c I'm not a younger person...so hard to tell
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    And a friend told me once that women who live with cats in their house become infertile because of the cats Just because somebody tells you something doesn't mean it's true or that it's even worth wondering if it's true. Friends are capable of feeding you a bunch of hooey just like strangers are.

    Bottom line - if you want to be a nurse, going to nursing school when you want to. Don't delay just because you're 18 now. If you study/work hard and show everyone that you are serious about nursing, you'll be taken seriously no matter what your age is.
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    I graduated as a RN at 19. I worked pediatrics so I was always older than my patients ) but some of the parents would ask if I was the CNA or even the candystriper. I looked young too and they would ask if I was 12, but I never had them complain about my work and I got along great with co-workers. I was made charge nurse at at 20. I don't think it is age that is important, it is competency
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    I became licensed at the age of 19, and of course people had their own views about a nurse of that age, but I think that would come with any job. I feel that a 19 year old kid just starting out on the railroad or the coal mine would have the same stigma attached.
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    Im from Ireland and studying for a BSN. The majority of our class started studying for a BSN straight out of high school. The majority of us were about 18 in first year and when we qualify we will be about 22 years old. Of course there are mature students in our class but they are in the minority. Here in Ireland its completely normal to be a young new grad We are expected to act professional. So to answer you question, once you act professionally, do your best , it should be fine. However if the majority of the staff are older, it might be hard to become friends with them because obviously ye are at different stages of life but ye should be able to work together as a team and get on well best of luck
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