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Who wants to hire a graduate nurse at 55?

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RNat55 has 1 years experience as a ADN, RN.

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On 1/16/2020 at 2:23 PM, RNat55 said:

I should feel free to reapply or apply for a different position and could contact her for help. I was shocked and dumbfounded!

I keep feeling my age is the issue. Please, does anyone have any suggestions as to where I could consider applying for a graduate nurse position at this age? My ultimate aim is to become a nurse educator. For now, I have an interest in also becoming a nurse writer.

Sounds like you are not really serious about being a hospital floor nurse.Good luck.

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Guest957596 has 3 years experience and specializes in BSN, RN-BC, NREMT, EMT-P, TCRN.

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Concur!

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"Hmmm? I can see how this can happen. Any suggestions on how one can present oneself as a nearly blank slate? Interesting... Thanks for your thoughts."

I started my nursing career at 48.  I trimmed my resume to just highlights of my pre-nursing career.  I emphasized my clinicals and my achievements as a nurse.  I only have an AS degree in nursing and have been given countless opportunities.  I live in Florida where there is a shortage of nurses so that helps.  I remember feeling discouraged when I started looking for jobs as the first job is the hardest to get.  HCA and other hospitals have a strange and frustrating hiring process.  My first job was an HCA hospital.  I got a phone call scheduling an interview and an email stating "I am sorry you were not chosen for interview" I was confused so I showed up for my interview anyway and I got hired by a very desperate med surg manager.  I hated hospital nursing but I learned so much in my 2 years of med surg.  PS - Night shift seems to always need help.  

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On 1/16/2020 at 8:50 PM, RNat55 said:

Most don't ask for age but my resume will definitely give an idea (I have a master's degree in law, plus I started going grey in high school, so...? 🙂 Thanks for your thoughts.

Master's in law? I would say legal nursing but I'm unsure if experience is required. Ageism and being a new grad may be at play here. Either one or both may be a hindrance but keep searching and good luck to you.

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Silver_Rik has 1 years experience as a ASN and specializes in Perioperative intern.

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4 hours ago, Krispy Kritter said:

I started my nursing career at 48.  I trimmed my resume to just highlights of my pre-nursing career.  I emphasized my clinicals and my achievements as a nurse. 

 

 My first job was an HCA hospital.  I got a phone call scheduling an interview and an email stating "I am sorry you were not chosen for interview" I was confused so I showed up for my interview anyway and I got hired by a very desperate med surg manager.  

Sounds like something triggered the screener (human or automated) to reject your resume - no BSN, inexperienced, etc - but someone pulled it out of the trash so to speak and have you a call?

I started nursing school at 50.  I debated some about how much to put on my resume about my previous work experience (I did have 3 years of patient care, but nothing else in healthcare) but it turned out to be a positive.  That may not be the case with every interviewer or position. 

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brandy1017 is a ASN, RN and specializes in Critical Care.

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On 1/30/2020 at 4:26 PM, Leader25 said:

Sounds like you are not really serious about being a hospital floor nurse.Good luck.

Not everyone wants to be or needs to be a floor nurse.  I recently talked to a clinical instructor about this. We need less than half the nurses we used to due to decreased census, private rooms and increased nurse to patient ratios.  She stated many of her students go directly into clinic jobs after graduation.  Most of the new grads that take a job at my hospital quit within a  couple of years if not sooner.  Many go back to be an NP or move to clinic jobs in search of better working conditions.  

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ClaraRedheart has 6 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Med-Surg.

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As someone who sits on panels for hiring new med-surg nurses... It's not your age. It's your aspirations. We want to see you grow old with us. If you mention your future dream of working in an ICU or as a nurse writer, we have to move on. Training a new nurse is VERY expensive for our unit. Rather than waste time on someone who won't stay, we could hire one of our own to be a discharge/admit nurse. But, we invest in the future, and it usually pays out. We only invest with those who want to stick it out for a few years with us. It's not all that bad. I'm going on 6+ now. 

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Jedrnurse has 25 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in school nurse.

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3 hours ago, ClaraRedheart said:

As someone who sits on panels for hiring new med-surg nurses... It's not your age. It's your aspirations. We want to see you grow old with us. If you mention your future dream of working in an ICU or as a nurse writer, we have to move on. Training a new nurse is VERY expensive for our unit. Rather than waste time on someone who won't stay, we could hire one of our own to be a discharge/admit nurse. But, we invest in the future, and it usually pays out. We only invest with those who want to stick it out for a few years with us. It's not all that bad. I'm going on 6+ now. 

What does your hospital/unit do (and for how long) to make training new nurses so expensive?

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Hoosier_RN has 20 years experience as a MSN and specializes in LTC, home health, hospice, ICU, ER, dialysis.

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3 hours ago, Jedrnurse said:

What does your hospital/unit do (and for how long) to make training new nurses so expensive?

It's very expensive for any unit/area. The time not spent on the floor (classes, inservices, other time spent with educator), or time that they are the extra person (with the preceptor), study materials and resources. HR functions-background checks, drug screens, and other hiring activity costs are charged to the unit at some facilities. It adds up, quickly. 

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RNat55 has 1 years experience as a ADN, RN.

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9 hours ago, ClaraRedheart said:

As someone who sits on panels for hiring new med-surg nurses... It's not your age. It's your aspirations. We want to see you grow old with us. If you mention your future dream of working in an ICU or as a nurse writer, we have to move on. Training a new nurse is VERY expensive for our unit. Rather than waste time on someone who won't stay, we could hire one of our own to be a discharge/admit nurse. But, we invest in the future, and it usually pays out. We only invest with those who want to stick it out for a few years with us. It's not all that bad. I'm going on 6+ now. 

I agree and know that it's very expensive training new nurses but it appears you misunderstood me here. I do not state this during an interview.

I only stated this here because I was only providing additional information about my other interests so I can get some other directions. For example, whether I should just pursue these other interests or stick to pursuing hospital employment.

Thank you for your thoughts. I have an interview scheduled for this week in a unit I did my practicum, so I am hopeful.

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RNat55 has 1 years experience as a ADN, RN.

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On 1/30/2020 at 5:26 PM, Leader25 said:

Sounds like you are not really serious about being a hospital floor nurse.Good luck.

I am very serious. Just stating my ultimate aim here to see if anyone felt I should just pursue these other interests and forget the hospital floor if age is an issue.

Thanks for your thoughts.

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RNat55 has 1 years experience as a ADN, RN.

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12 hours ago, brandy1017 said:

Not everyone wants to be or needs to be a floor nurse.  I recently talked to a clinical instructor about this. We need less than half the nurses we used to due to decreased census, private rooms and increased nurse to patient ratios.  She stated many of her students go directly into clinic jobs after graduation.  Most of the new grads that take a job at my hospital quit within a  couple of years if not sooner.  Many go back to be an NP or move to clinic jobs in search of better working conditions.  

Unfortunately, most, if not all clinic jobs need hospital experience.

I attended a hiring event for hospice and that was the response - go get 1-year hospital experience and come back if you are still interested.

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