What is this article about?
Ageism in nursing is a real and present threat to the profession and the healthcare system writ large. In reviewing articles about ageism in nursing, one might believe that it occurs only in relation to older nurses. Yet, ageism can cut both ways. Any form of age-based discrimination is reprehensible, and only those aware of the problem can speak up and take action against it. According to the AIHW (2016), 39% of the Australian nursing workforce is aged 50 or older. Meanwhile, a growing 'Millennial' population of nurses is also stepping into the workplace and infusing the profession with a younger generation.