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.
  5. by   imintrouble
    We have a new nurse on our unit. A sixty year old white haired RN. She probably wouldn't have been hired at a major metropolitan hospital, but she fits in nicely at our small rural hospital. I asked her if she had trouble finding a job at 60, (I'm 63) and she said no. However, the only places that called her back were the ones that offered fewer benefits and lesser pay. The smaller ones like where we are.

    Ageism is alive and well in nursing, just as it is in most professions. My 60 year old new colleague didn't get her first, second, or third pick, but she got a job.
  6. by   tinkerbell39
    Wish i could pick up a few shifts to have pocket money but this is impossible.The ex place gives about five tests for maintenance,and a yearly questionnaire pages and pages on safety,etc,no one without a BSN can do a glucose test yet you can draw abgslol,then on top of that they will not tell you where you will end up working that day,they call/sign you p for something,which changes at their whim...pos...can not bother with that nonsense.
  7. by   tinkerbell39
    sorry but it is your own doing,stand up for yourself that is pure doo doo...you have seniority...enforce it, rock that boat good before you leave,go up the chain of command,once you leave if you want to do some shifts you will not have that leverage.
  8. by   Tweety
    Quote from tinkerbell39
    sorry but it is your own doing,stand up for yourself that is pure doo doo...you have seniority...enforce it, rock that boat good before you leave,go up the chain of command,once you leave if you want to do some shifts you will not have that leverage.
    I always tell people about to quit "don't burn your bridge on the way out".

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