starting to worry I'm to old (51) to be hired.

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    I'm six months into my 2 year nursing degree, and loving it. Just about to do my first placement. I was feeling very positive but after reading some of the posts and stories at work (i currently work as a cleaner in a hospital) I starting to worry I'm to old (51) to be hired. I am by no means a 'star player' but I am doing very well with my study's actually I love it, it's just a lot of money if I don't get work out of it, I would love to be a nurse.
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    Congratulations and best of luck on your journey.
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    I graduated from nursing school and only had trouble finding a position because my area is overly saturated with new grads! Otherwise, I had no problem starting in a LTC facility and then per diem at a nearby hospital! Your age comes with years of life skills that are quite desirable so don't be so discouraged! By the way.. I have been working as an RN for 2 years and I love it! I am 53 years young!
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    I am on the interview committee at work, we care about what people say, not how old they are. That being said, we haven't had anyone probably over 32 apply. Usually older nurses are nurses that have been nurses a long time and have found they place that they want to stay till they retire, not start in a new area. I don't think age will hinder you!
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    Thank you, I am hoping to work in aged care.
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    Ageism is alive and well in nursing but your chances of being hired as anew grad will be LTC. Many facilities look at older nurses as financial responsibility because we are on the high end of the pay sclae. Some areas of the country have as high as 47% unemployment of new grads/nurses.

    I wish you the best on your journey
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    Our rural area is hurting for nurses. We need some hospice nurses too!

    Age has nothing to do with it - we just want ethical hardworking nurses who believe in teamwork!
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    I have wondered the same thing. I will be close to that age when I graduate next year. The main reason I have concerns is over the past 14 months I have applied for over 100 positions as a PCA/PCT in local hospitals that do "in-house" training, as well as Student Nurse positions that only require someone be enrolled in a nursing program. To this date I have only been contacted one time for an interview and that interview was cancelled the morning of the interview.

    My past work history is excellent, my background spotless, and grades are above average. With HR only looking at apps. it has to be either my age or sex that is preventing me from being hired.
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    I hate to be the wet blanket, but statistics show that past 50 is no mans land for being hired for a new job. Any job.
    There aren't as many nursing jobs as there used to be. Fewer jobs and alot more applicants. Health care facilities can be picky about who they hire. It's reality. Where I work, there hasn't been a single new hire over 30 in the past year. Not a single one.
    I'm well over 50, and the above makes me shiver.

    After I've rained all over your parade I'll wish you the best of luck. I truly hope you are one of the exceptions to the statistics.
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    Quote from imintrouble
    I hate to be the wet blanket, but statistics show that past 50 is no mans land for being hired for a new job. Any job.
    There aren't as many nursing jobs as there used to be. Fewer jobs and alot more applicants. Health care facilities can be picky about who they hire. It's reality. Where I work, there hasn't been a single new hire over 30 in the past year. Not a single one.
    I'm well over 50, and the above makes me shiver.
    Wow, that is scary. Unless the applicant pool is very abnormal (no one over 30) your organization is very vulnerable to claims of discrimination. I'm surprised it hasn't happened already.


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