It's not that no one shows initiative or leadership. It's that anyone who does is deliberately blocked from making any progress with it. So they stop trying. Which is why the guy from Maynooth Resigned.
In my experience nurses of all types are far less on the wards since it became a degree. They are IMO less hands on than in the past.
I don't think it's only 20-30s that have ideas. That's just ageism.
I don't know what personal financial situation has to do with it. Should there be a means assessment for promotions? Cost of living and housing crisis is a different issue. You need to lobby the govt for action. Not saw the branch you're standing on by destroying any promotions opportunity past 40.
I don't think it's just 20-30 somethings that have new ideas either. But as I said if someone with 30-40 years service & has shown little appetite for change, process improvement etc etc, it is fundamentally wrong to promote them because they are most senior in a particular area.
I am quite sure Martin Curley came up against many such people before he threw his hat at it.