I had a fantastic experience last week with an "older" nurse. I was working in ICU for the first time, and my preceptor was only 4 years older than me, and that went pretty well, but she spent a lot of her time telling me about how BSN nursing students dont have as many clinical skills (blah blah blah), and I was just there to learn! I didnt want to compare the validity of degrees. But besides her attitude, she was an excellent nurse.
But their was another nurse who was 59, and she was just a GEM! She graduated from one of the old "hospital based diploma programs" a long long time ago
We talked about how much schools and nursing education had changed. She showed me a lot of neat skills that I hadnt been taught yet. She took the time to show me how to use a pressurized bag to keep pressure on an Art line (which I hadnt seen yet). She also took the time to go over all the telemetry settings, and different ways to adjust the lead placements to get a better picture. I helped her put her charting information into the computer (she couldnt type very fast), and she got a break! She said that because she types so slow, she rarely gets to take a break at night, but with my help on the "computer" stuff, she got to take a full meal break. I learned a lot, and she got to take her time eating supper. It was definately a win-win situation. She didnt mind that I was going to school for 4 years, and ASKED TONS of questions, which I happily answered. She kept asking me questions to "quiz" me, which is something that I love, because it makes my brain work harder, and helps to solidify some of that knowledge that doesnt always link together. She was fantastic! Gave me a good role model about how I want to be when I am older