Anyone over 50 recently hired?

  1. 0 Let's say within the last 6 months. Anyone? Just curious.
  2. Visit  Biffbradford profile page

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    From 'Wisconsin'; Joined Sep '10; Posts: 1,117; Likes: 1,685.

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  3. Visit  Biffbradford profile page
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    Uh huh. Just as I thought.
  4. Visit  MrChicagoRN profile page
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    You post at 530pm CT & then make assumptions because no over 50 job seekers happened to see you post & failed to respond to you overnight?

    But the answer to your question is Yes. Actually, I know of 2 successful examples.
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    Quote from MrChicagoRN
    You post at 530pm CT & then make assumptions because no over 50 job seekers happened to see you post & failed to respond to you overnight?

    But the answer to your question is Yes. Actually, I know of 2 successful examples.
    I'm 53 and I am wondering if my age is having a negative influence on me getting a job as a New Grad. I sometimes think that only cute young people are getting the new grad jobs these days. What I am most concerned is that it will take too many years for "nurse glut" to turn into "nursing shortage". I think it could take 5 to 10 years until they are needing nurses like they did before 2008 and by then I will be really be too old and certainly have forgotten what nursing even is. Its funny how life is, I made a carer change thinking I was getting into one of the most sought after professions to find out that I have to work harder than any other profession I had before in order to just get a foot on the door!
  6. Visit  MrChicagoRN profile page
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    Quote from marcos9999
    I'm 53 and I am wondering if my age is having a negative influence on me getting a job as a New Grad. I sometimes think that only cute young people are getting the new grad jobs these days.
    Are there transferable skills & experience from your previous field that you can turn into selling points?

    Perhaps it might be helpful to initially focus on settings that value maturity: Hospice, LTC, assisted living, home-care, etc

    Good luck.
  7. Visit  elkpark profile page
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    Are you asking only about new grads, or in general?

    I'm in my mid-50s, and just got hired into a great new job a few months ago (in an advanced practice subspecialty, though).
  8. Visit  marcos9999 profile page
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    Quote from elkpark
    Are you asking only about new grads, or in general?

    I'm in my mid-50s, and just got hired into a great new job a few months ago (in an advanced practice subspecialty, though).
    What kind of job did you get exactly? Where are you in the U.S.? I just feel like looking for a job at this moment here in the Bay Area (one of the worst places) is almost a complete waste of time, they are not hiring new grads period, and I do have good connections, my wife is a nurse of 25+ years and know lots of people, even with that on board is not working. If there is a rare new grad program there are 1000+ applicants that are fresher New Grads and are sharper than me. I am running out of ideas, maybe I'll start looking in the small rural hospitals, which are very far from the big centers and less people are willing to go there. I can relocate and maybe that's an advantage over the 30 something nurses who usually by then have hubbies and babies. Arrrrgggg...I'm not giving up but I sure feel like it sometimes.
  9. Visit  elkpark profile page
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    The reason I asked about whether the OP's question was specifically regarding new grads was because I'm not one; I'm an experienced advance practice nurse. These are hard times for new grads in general, and I've heard things are particularly bad in CA, so I sympathize with your position.

    If, as you mentioned, you can relocate, you might want to start looking for jobs "farther afield." I started looking nationally when it became obvious that I wasn't going to be able to get a good job anywhere near my permanent home, and relocated to another state to take my new position. Small rural hospitals can be great places to work (I started my career in one decades ago) -- you often get a much wider range of experience/opportunities, and the chance to take on more responsibility and exercise more independent judgment than you would as a new grad in larger hospitals. I also concur with MrChicago's suggestion about looking at alternative settings and roles that may place a greater value on maturity and "life experience."

    Best wishes for your job-hunting!
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  10. Visit  trinnylax0484 profile page
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    The ONLY problem with someone over 50 is that they might not have the proper degree. I've seen a lot of diplomas of nursing lately (worthlses) and ASN (worthless). I've seen Advanced Practice Nurses get hired that are over 50 (and have the qualifications) and they're starting at 75-90K.
  11. Visit  MrChicagoRN profile page
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    Quote from trinnylax0484
    The ONLY problem with someone over 50 is that they might not have the proper degree. I've seen a lot of diplomas of nursing lately (worthlses) and ASN (worthless). I've seen Advanced Practice Nurses get hired that are over 50 (and have the qualifications) and they're starting at 75-90K.

    That's a rather meaningless generalization. The educational system is churning out thousands of Diploma/ASN graduates, most of whom are under 50.

    The advantage the over 40, over 50 non-BSN RN has is they've probably had a lot of time to complete their BSN (or beyond)

    I wouldn't call the diploma/ASN worthless. Depending on the local market & area of practice, that may serve them quite well. While I recommend folks get their BSN, there are & will continue to be, highly competent practitioners at that level.
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  12. Visit  Phoenix4 profile page
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    Honestly, I'm hoping that there are some jobs . My situation is a bit odd, I have an ASN, graduated 27 yrs ago, worked FT for 7 yrs in a variety of settings (college health service, med-surg floor, neuro briefly, OR, Medicare peer review office).

    I have not worked in nursing for 20 yrs, and just taken my NCLEX again and passed. So, the job hunt will soon be on for me (my self-employment work is at its height for the next couple of weeks yet).

    As you can imagine, trying to find people I used to work with and under has been challenging after 20+ yrs, so I'm concerned about being able to get references from nursing jobs. I've been self-employed for the last 10 yrs, so my work references would be from people who have worked with me, but not that I have been employed by. Any thoughts/suggestions for my situation?
  13. Visit  Biffbradford profile page
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    My original question was not specifically aimed at 'new grads' or I would have stated it that way.

    So, 3-5 50+ year olds hired withing the past ~6 mo, all with advanced (masters) degrees or higher?
  14. Visit  trinnylax0484 profile page
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    Diplomas and ASN/ADN are worthless because it's an EMPLOYERS MARKET right now. That means we don't have a shortage of people applying to positions so the standards have been raised greatly. Diploma and associates are not accepted because it would cause inequity in the compensation system (which is negotiable) between the incoming diploma / associates nurse and the current employees who are all BSN or higher. Basically if an incoming nurse who had a diploma or associates was hired, everyone else would demand a raise and it would cost hundreds of thousands to hire the new nurse.

    If you just want to work in a nursing home or small clinic I'm sure you can get by with an old diploma or nursing or associates. Though you are negating your real advantage over other nurses which is that you have multiple years of experience and they won't. Combine you years of exp with an advanced degree and you're the ideal candidate not some 30 year old with 5 years exp and their BSN.

    On the other hand if you're just looking for some low-level nursing gig and you're willing to relocate there are jobs all over the country regardless of your years of exp or education.


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