Is this a possible case of age discrimination? - page 2

I had my instructor review my resume and give me some tips, but I still had no interviews. Two months later, I had an interview with a medical practice for an office LPN and they knew I was a new... Read More

  1. by   arod189
    Don't give up hope. I can sympathize with you. I went through a similar situation. I am 48. I thought working in acute facility was my dream job as an LVN or LPN depending what state you live in. I was let go from the acute facility. I tried a long term facility that had a bad reputation . I tried a community community clinic so much unorganization. I found a great long term facility. More pay then an RN ,less stress, less invasive procedures and no lock down unit. and a LVN charge nurse. Keep looking and praying to GOD AND NEVER GIVE UP HOPE. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU. WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I graduated in August 2011 and due to person issues did not take my board test until 2013. Took several times but passed with last time with minimal required. So Never give up Hope. A.R.
  2. by   TraumaNurse95
    I'm sorry to hear about your treatment. Unfortunately, age discrimination is alive and well, but is often easily disguised with various HR excuses to avoid lawsuits. I believe that it sounds like a solid case of age discrimination, but even so, its hard to retain an attorney and difficult to prove & fight in court, unless its a "slam-dunk" case. I have fought the Ivy League Hospitals once before on harassment and the bottom line is that they have more money than we do and thats why they have HR to protect them. Truth is that as we age our brains process information slower and the "middle-age" category is not nearly as marketable as the new young kids that are tech savvy and desperate for any job they can land. We have strengths and weaknesses so make your strengths well known and work harder on areas that require more attention (ie, computer skills, new medical knowledge, processes). Do your homework and study at home when you do find a new job (and you will) so you can shine and gain more confidence and learn their systems, specialties, people, culture, etc. You may also consider relocation if its possible for you so you can put yourself into a market where you are in demand.

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  3. by   historylady
    Age discrimination is alive and well in the nursing world. When I started nursing ( at at 49) I was told that hospitals and such don not want to take on new nurses over age 45. It takes 2 to 3 months to get a new grad trained to work independently. That is costly for the facility and they don't want to spend the money on someone who has a shorter career life expectancy.

    They told me that I should go start in a nursing home. Get some experience and then move onto acute care. My one year in LTC has long passed. I went to many interviews and filled out countless applications. I have received no job offers outside of LTC. I am a good nurse, I have good skills. I want to be challenged. No one wants me. That is depressing.

    No one gives me a straight answer. "You were just not a good fit" is the usual response when I ask. I am not alone. Many older nurses I know are finding the same thing. There is a nursing shortage, but there is no nursing shortage. There is a shortage of new young nurses.
    Last edit by historylady on Mar 20 : Reason: spelling
  4. by   Fiddleback
    Okay, I'm generally just an observer here but this caught my attention. I would say this isn't possible sexual harassment - it IS sexual harassment.

    Some of the replies here are a good example of what drives me bonkers about nursing. Like the OP I became an LVN later in life after 30+ years in the "real world". I have been at it for a little over 10 years now and am still constantly amazed at the passivity, "don't make waves", "let it go", "you have to expect that as a nurse" attitude that has been bred into the profession.

    The reason the doctor in question gets away with his behavior is because the facility management lets him. The reason they let him is because they have every expectation that no nurse will dare to rock the boat and push the issue to the point of filing a hostile work environment charge against the place. Finally, the nurses fulfill that expectation thus the cycle repeats.

    In my previous life this would have been a no-brainer. Only in nursing, the military, college athletics, and upper echelons of corporate America are we so quick to lower the "Cone of Silence" and sweep everything under the rug. The OP has to do what she thinks best for herself and her family but my vote (for what it's worth) is that she should nail that doctor's hide up to the side of the barn along side that of the human resource manager. That's the only way to put a stop to this kind of stuff.
  5. by   cheryl whatley
    Good luck in your search. Don't let anyone put you down regardless of the position they hold. Physicians learn from nurses until they think that they can stand on their two feet and than they kick you. The younger, savvy nurses and your ex-supervisor need to stand up for what is right and stop bowing to pressure trying to please the physician. Where are that supervisor's managerial and leadership skills? Why would she want to ignore insults from a physician who is definitely not a team player, because he is too full of himself or most likely insecure?
  6. by   TraumaNurse95
    and may I suggest it be done with video or hard evidence, as well as testimony from others ? Trust me, I agree with you, but I have gone up against the big guys for racial discrimination & retaliation. I retained an attorney and rallied people. The ER staff would come to me and complain for years, yet no one...not a single person...would put their job on the line to fight with me.

    So, it continues until someone has the time, the money, and the resources to put up the fight or until it goes public and the get bad press...
    Last edit by TraumaNurse95 on Mar 21 : Reason: grammar
  7. by   she244
    So sorry to hear you were treated badly. Keep applying and Praying for God to lead you in the right direction. You will find something. Keep applying and keep your resume ready. I am a 61 year old woman who graduated at 42 years old. I was working part-time as a CNA when I graduated in a hospital so they hired me on 3rd shift once I graduated in one of the departments I worked in. Realized working 3rd shift I was not learning the skills I needed to advance, so I took a position in long term care for a year. Stayed there a year then moved on to the Emergency Room where I stayed for 11 years. I am not looking at retirement and realize with all the skills I have acquired and maintained I will be unemployable due to not having a BSN degree. I have a ADN degree. My advice is to keep looking. Long term care facilities hire LPN's, also look at Insurance Companies while you are waiting. Also, not sure if you would be willing to work there, but Correction Systems hire Nurses to administer medications and do wound care. Look at State and Government Job sites. Good Luck and Keep your Head Up.

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