Quote from gumbi_12
I graduated last May with my BSN, mid 40's. I had a phone interview, the RN Mgr didn't remember me at first, but then she did from a recent career fair. She told me the unit was "very heavy" and fast-paced, I need "alot of stamina", if I get tired that would affect my "critical thinking" skills, "I'm 57 and I can't do bedside nursing anymore", the young ones can do it. "I can let you shadow a shift, so you can see what you're getting into."
I told her thanks, but not thanks. I did call her on having an issue with my age and she denied it. I left a voice mail with the HR person that set up the interview and asked to call me back and let me know what units do hire "mature" RN candidates.
Should I call and complain to the hospital about this? Did I make a mistake my getting my BSN at 47? I'm completely floored, my self-esteem is really low. I wanted to do this my whole life, excited to finally make some money, and now this.
Thanks in advance.
While Ithink refusing to shadow was a mistake,you my be over sensitive about your age.The truth is bedside nursing or any nursing can be really rough and hard on you physically,mentally depending on your own fitness and area.I have seen seasoned nurses leave adult floors thinking it would be easier in NICU,ER,Nuero whatever, only to find out it was a big mistake.
I agree with other posters that the Mgr was trying to avoid having you quit too soon.
Some Mgr that are younger than their staff already can not do the job on the floor.It happens. Some younger nurses have back pain,foot problems,headaches,joint pains too.
While older nurses make up for age with experience,knowledge and pure guts in difficult situations and the doctors love them.
Do what you need to get hired ,get experience.You might not have enough solid proof for age discrimination so I would not want to fight this yet,wait.,perhaps other positions will open up in same hospital.
Good luck to you,I am sure you will find something eventually,be open to it.