Quote from wish_me_luck
Younger does not mean lazy.
^ I want to emphasize this quote because I think that there is a stereotype about younger people being lazy as much as older people are being entitled, lol, or even younger people being entitled.
I think it's not necessarily a generational thing, but there had been an idea that having "non-healthcare" experience counting because, at one time, a ton of hospitals lived hiring new grads with "life" experience, and still do, and they tell individuals this as a way to fill their seats, even though the preference is for people who had healthcare experience along with "life" experience probably more so because of the increase of career-changers entering the field.
This was emphasized in my area, and I worked with a few career-changers, "healthcare life experience" and "non-healthcare life" experienced. Some are more competent than others, regardless of experience. I think it pertains to the pool of candidates in the area.
Some facilities are less likely to touch career changers currently because they've had a couple of bad experiences, while colleges are continue to state that hospitals and facilities welcome career changers, it leaves a bad taste in their mouth for those who bought into the hype of the nursing shortage and a stable career, and are finding difficulty entering it.
In reading a public forum, I think it can come across as entitled at times...some may believe that "older" equates to "experienced", others may be lashing out for believing the "hype"
My perspective is one is still entering an "entry level" in ANY new profession, no one should believe that they are going to show up, and instantly get a job. In nursing, they theory of "Novice to Expert" (Benner) is in place to maximize a safer, more competent practice, so "life experience" will only get one so far...it complements how well you are going to handle acquiring new knowledge, how active one is going to be in making sure their knowledge needs are net, and respecting the culture of healthcare. I'm a "healthcare life experienced" person, and I still go through the process. I never had the "expectation" for a job to fall into my lap because I have "life" experience; I don't expect anyone to feel that way either. You have to crawl before you walk. I did that when I transitioned as a nurse assistant to a LPN, and currently transitioning as a RN. I'm still a novice, and my past experiences get me only so far, however I STILL enter at ground zero. It will come together eventually, but that is how life works, when entering ANYTHING new.