Baby Boomers and Ageism - page 2

It's happening. Do you think it's happening in nursing? I've often wondered at my age what would happen if I had to enter the job market. I'm not sure I can do floor nursing until I retire. Baby... Read More

  1. by   Tweety
    Quote from GrumpyRN
    Further to this thread, my notice went in a few months ago and I retire in 5 weeks.

    Just a little apprehensive but looking forward to it.

    I have prepared by living on the same amount of money my pension will be for the past few months - it is definitely liveable.

    Now, have to find something to pass the time that I will enjoy.

    Congrats! It's a big step. Best of luck!
  2. by   imintrouble
    I'm officially the oldest nurse on my shift/unit. The 20 something new nurses get better schedules, more holidays off, and easier assignments.
    I think my employer sees the 22 yr old new grad as the future, where I have only a few years until retirement. They keep the younger nurses happy at my expense, because let's face it, what am I going to do?
  3. by   Tweety
    Quote from imintrouble
    I'm officially the oldest nurse on my shift/unit. The 20 something new nurses get better schedules, more holidays off, and easier assignments.
    I think my employer sees the 22 yr old new grad as the future, where I have only a few years until retirement. They keep the younger nurses happy at my expense, because let's face it, what am I going to do?
    That sucks to be disrespected like that.

    I don't mean to bash the younger generation of hard working nurses, but it does seem that sometimes they do expect more. One of our new nurses still on orientation is already on vacation.

    It also seems all the retention attempts is made at retaining the new nurses and loyal older nurses are pushed aside, as if they think we won't quit on them. We're less likely but I still have some working years ahead of me and am thinking about moving on after my boss retires next year.
  4. by   FranEMTnurse
    It is true, when older people were called "Senior Citizens," they got more respect. however, with online gaming and the social networks, a lot of things concerning Seniors have changed. A lot of the younger caregivers I have had just sat and played games on their phones and I had to ask them to perform most every duty in spite of my having a list of the daily duties they needed to perform. However, there is an exception; The Home Nursing Agency. Their home care staff is well trained and do perform well. That is why I don't currently have any help from that agency now. People rarely sign up with that agency when they learn what they are expected to do. Other agencies hire people who are on social services etc. because they are forced to. And they don't get prior training. The client has to tell them what to do.

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