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12 Things to Never Say to Older and Younger Coworkers

Nina Kim | NursingLink

To an Older Coworker: “So are you planning to retire soon?”


Just because a coworker has gray hair doesn’t mean they’re going into retirement tomorrow. In fact, many nursing professionals enjoy working well past the age of 60 because their work gives them a sense of purpose.

A nursing career can be truly rewarding, helping you feel like you’ve accomplished something or made a difference in a patient’s life. Plus, it’s always somewhere to go in the morning to spend most of your day doing something productive instead of just watching TV.

Another big consideration to keep in mind is the current dire economic conditions for older workers. Your older coworker may not even have sufficient retirement funds saved up to allow them to retire, which would then turn this into a very awkward conversation. To stay on the safe side, just steer clear of the topic.



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    almost 4 years ago

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    terrific intent in this article. its all about respect, manners and professionalism...great message

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    reclements

    almost 5 years ago

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    I am the youngest nurse on my shift (35) and the next youngest is 60! I get so tired of the mothering and the condescending comments about my seeming lack of maturity. "You're too aggressive", "You're too impatient", "You need to let things go". Yet, I am always the one who gets things done, who helps everyone out, and puts out all the fires! I hate being the low woman on the totem pole because of my age!

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    karbyr

    almost 5 years ago

    4 comments

    You constantly have to prove yourself if your younger than everybody else you work with

    This is true no matter your age. I am in my forties, have been a nurse for 20 plus years and every time I start somewhere else, I go through this. Its just a learning curve as you get to know your new co-workers and they get to know and trust you.

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    kjagnew1

    almost 5 years ago

    134 comments

    I love this article! Im a young nurse, and when i started 4 yrs ago it was no better than it is now. Older more experienced nurses automatically be little you and make you feel like crap! They really do think you dont know anything...like seriously I graduated and passed my exam I'M SMART! You constantly have to prove yourself if your younger than everybody else you work with. I started off as a charge nurse and it was super hard having to tell 40 something yr olds what to do...they were not receptive at all. Best advice for young professionals...develop thick skin quick! And dont pay any attention to non sense. You know what you're capable of, do your job and be great at it. You dont have anything to prove to anyone but yourself.

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    geanna

    almost 5 years ago

    6 comments

    This article was informative. The worst statement that I have had to really work hard at getting over was when someone said to me "You'll get over that." when I was showing understanding and compassion to a patient. I don't want to "get over" my compassion. That is why I became a nurse in the first place.

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