Question for Nurse Managers and Higher Ups

  1. For those of us that are starting our nursing careers in our 30's and 40's, how much do you feel that it will imped our ability to advance our careers? Do hospitals want to promote younger folks because they will be around longer?
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  3. by   EricJRN
    Thread moved to the Managment in Nursing Forum.
  4. by   llg
    I haven't seen that type of discrimination. Employers generally want to hire (or promote) the person who will do the best job in the near future. They know that the distant future is too unpredictable to let it overly influence their decisions. In my experience, they/we would prefer to see a "mix" of age groups among the leadership team.

  5. by   traumaRUs
    I think life experience counts too. People skills are a definite plus regardless of your age.
  6. by   BSNtobe2009
    Sorry for the late post, I couldn't find the thread.

    Thanks for the responses, that makes me feel better. I have mentally prepared myself for the 23-year-old supervisor <wink>, but I wasn't sure since by the time I graduate, there will be many that would have put in many years at the hospital and going in as the rookie.

    Thanks for the reassurance!
  7. by   Franksters
    In my hospital we promote from within when possible. Our organization embraces new nurses your age. You bring many skills to the job that young nurses do not have. You can problem solve quickly, you can prioritize effectively, you can delegate effectively, you already have a "gut instinct" that you are comfortable with. It took me a long time to trust my nursing judgement and my "gut instinct". Welcome to nursing. It is certainly a dynamic challenge.:smilecoffeecup:

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