When I said experience doesn't matter I meant LIFE experience. It doesn't matter to me the struggles you've had in life or the other jobs you've had.
New grads are smart, fresh,eager to learn and more accepting of change. We had a huge exit of staff because they hated the change. This opened up doors for us newbies.
And yes when I'm 50 years old the same thing is probably going to happen to me. I'm going to hate it and ill be jealous over the 20 year olds getting hired. But ill remember I was there once too. The hospitals do not care "that it isn't fair to you." Yes it sucks and I'm sorry about that. But nursing is a competative world. We all had to fight for our spots in school and we will fight for our jobs. We stared out with 250 students declared nursing the first year. 97 got accepted and 77 graduated. 250 from 77. Clearly if I can make it through that I have something to offer. Yes I have brains, but I also bring other things with me. My coworkers I think were a little threatened by me at first. But once they stopped judging me on my looks, my age, my size then they saw WHY the hospital hired me (other thn the fact that I get paid half what they so).
You guys are the ones being so judgemental. There is nothing wrong with being young and taking care of yourself. I am slim, but it is because I take care of myself. I take pride in my looks/hygiene. On top of that I take pride in my success, my job. And I am good at what I do. I LOVE hearing stories from my older nurses of how hospitals used to run. But that doesn't make her better than me.
And to go back to what the OP said. I've never once had a patient ask for a "cute nurse only." I've had them ask for only females but that is generally in good reason.