Age Discrimination in Nursing - page 9

Ageism is pervasive in our society. It's not news to anyone that our society values youth and devalues age. It seems that the worst choice you can make is to grow old. Older people are often... Read More

  1. by   u618100
    Recently started new position in endoscopy. Very small department run by a group of women that are close friends. Previous 3 nurses left due to bullying by these women.
    Needless to say after several months there I was told I am not the right fit. I am approximately 13 years older than most of them. I have not missed a day or been late. The bullying has been horrible. Told to giddy up. Critical comments said in condescending manner in front of other colleagues.Now I am in my 50s and an employee for 20 years of this hospital searching for a new day shift position. I am waiting to speak to human resources about my options. I so loved the work in this specialty. I know the bullying affected my confidence. So upset over all of this.
  2. by   sarose611
    Well while I certainly agree that there is discrimination, this article.seems to reinforce, rather than reduce it. I am NOT 20 years old. Why should I act like I am? If I have some trouble with technology, assist me. I assist you when nursing issues arise that you've never even seen, much less cared for. I have grey hair and wrinkles, and while I am not obese(as many of my younger colleagues are) I have put on a few pounds over the years. It does not affect my ability, knowledge, or willingness to care for patients. I am proud of my years, mlly experience, my ongoing education. I should not have to act like a new graduate to work!
  3. by   Steffy44
    I'd die without those "older" nurses. They are the critical link in helping inexperienced nurses like me along the way. Sadly many do not want to help mentor the younger nurses. I'm fortunate that nursing is a second career so I'm a bit advanced in age...they help me. The ones I work with avoid charge nurse like the plague. They just want to be nurses...and that's ok. Personally they can keep the chump change they pay for the increased headache that is charge. 😂
  4. by   Fieryperplexion
    Instead of addressing faulty assumptions associated with ageism, this article is putting the onus on older people to work around biased attitudes. It doesn't address the actual problem (biased, untrue notions re: older nurses) but actually propagates it by suggesting older people need to change behaviors in order to make those with a bias more comfortable. I have worked with nurses a few years out from retirement and they were not only a wealth of knowledge, they ran circles around us younger nurses. I always looked up to them. They shouldn't need to change a thing about themselves! What needs to change is biased attitudes in medicine.
  5. by   Krispy Kritter
    I was very disappointed in the article. I usually like your articles and find them helpful; but; Keep in shape, don't talk about using your reading glasses, Don't talk about your aches and pains? About the only thing you didn't tell us to do is dye our hair and have a face lift! I am a nurse in my 50's, I am not in the best shape, but I can tell you there are nurses half my age that are in worse shape. I think my age gives me perspective on my patients that I did not have when I was younger. I am more understanding and less idealistic then I used to be. Do I have aches and pains? sometimes, but so do the younger nurses esp the pregnant ones. How could you effectively understand a patients pain if you never experienced it yourself? I think my patients appreciate that I am real, genuine and not a fake perfect person. I don't think I have experienced age discrimination in the workplace but I sure know that the younger nurses appreciate it when I take their shifts so they can take children to the MD, care for a sick child or go trick or treating. I remember how it was to be a working mom and enjoy the fact that I can help other young moms and dads. As a matter of fact, I never even thought my age was an issue until I read this article. I was; however, discriminated in the past for being a single mom with child responsibilities. I got through that; wouldn't want to work for that type of employer anyway. My last point is that we are nurses, we have all taken care of patients who have died or have been incapacitated at a very young age. No life has a term contract...so what does age have to do with it anyway?
  6. by   Nurse Beth
    Quote from Krispy Kritter
    I was very disappointed in the article. I usually like your articles and find them helpful; but; Keep in shape, don't talk about using your reading glasses, Don't talk about your aches and pains? About the only thing you didn't tell us to do is dye our hair and have a face lift! I am a nurse in my 50's, I am not in the best shape, but I can tell you there are nurses half my age that are in worse shape. I think my age gives me perspective on my patients that I did not have when I was younger. I am more understanding and less idealistic then I used to be. Do I have aches and pains? sometimes, but so do the younger nurses esp the pregnant ones. How could you effectively understand a patients pain if you never experienced it yourself? I think my patients appreciate that I am real, genuine and not a fake perfect person. I don't think I have experienced age discrimination in the workplace but I sure know that the younger nurses appreciate it when I take their shifts so they can take children to the MD, care for a sick child or go trick or treating. I remember how it was to be a working mom and enjoy the fact that I can help other young moms and dads. As a matter of fact, I never even thought my age was an issue until I read this article. I was; however, discriminated in the past for being a single mom with child responsibilities. I got through that; wouldn't want to work for that type of employer anyway. My last point is that we are nurses, we have all taken care of patients who have died or have been incapacitated at a very young age. No life has a term contract...so what does age have to do with it anyway?
    I hear you and agree 100% that age brings value.

    I'm glad you have not experienced age discrimination.

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