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Too Old For Nursing?

I'm 43-year-old male attending school, pre-nursing. Am I too old to become a nurse?

Lee


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93 Responses to “Too Old For Nursing?”

  1. devilzangel508 Says:

    Definitely, definitely not!

  2. Mr Ian Says:

    When I trained back in the 90′s, two of my cohorts were 40. The benefits of ‘life’ experience and ability to apply common sense in real time events far outstripped my inexperienced youth of a mere 20 years old as well as the ability to act mature.

    At 39, I’m still working on the ‘acting mature’ tho.

  3. BAWall Says:

    At 43 you aren’t too old for nursing. I am 41 and in nursing school. I will be 42 when I graduate and turn 43 within 6 months of graduation. I am working on an Associate’s degree and will work on completing a Bachelor’s shortly after I finish the Associate’s. You still have at least 20- 22 years to work according to social security. I plan to be working when I am 68. I worked with at least 3 nurses that were still working at 68. They were all at the supervisor level though or retired and working part time.

  4. Paula Says:

    I am currently working with a nurse who is 75. I am 56 and sure hope no one considers me too old to be a nurse…..there are a lot of “old” nurses working yet

  5. Diane Says:

    43 is young! ! ! GO FOR IT! ! !

    http://dianej.wordpress.com

  6. kdaniellel Says:

    What aspect of nursing do you think you may be too old to perform? Caring, patience and compassion doesn’t have any age limit. At 43, you are MORE than capable of learning and mastering new skills. You also, as previouly mentioned, have at least 20 years worth of career ahead of you—AND the nursing field is so vast, there are endless opportunites-I agree GO FOR IT!!

  7. kruhd05 Says:

    Go for it and never give up! I attend a non traditional nursing program and over half (43 in the class) are over the age of 30!!!! I would encourage any one of any age to go for their goals!!!

  8. tdouglas Says:

    I am 47 and just got into BSN program. I have
    twenty years of experience in the field of
    medicine. Absolutely, I believe that they are
    looking for committed students. Younger students
    think it of as “status”, however that is not what
    nursing is about. Anyone over forty certainly
    brings to the table life experience. I had
    a 3.0 and got in. Be prepared to do the work
    necessary not to get a (C). At UTA in Texas.
    You must meet pre- reqs to ge into the program,
    and include: patho, pharm, concepts…must get
    (B)s. Go for it. Nursing takes dedication
    everyday. Perserverance pays off.

  9. Kay Says:

    I was 48 when I started my BSN program and am now 52 and 6 months away from graduation. I have met a few people in my age range during classes, you are definitely not alone. Go for it! A lot of time I am mistaken for the instructor rather than the student by outsiders due to my age, but that mistake is just a laugh away!
    One of the main reasons I chose to tackle this challenge late in life was being told for over a year that I was “over-qualified” during interviews when I was in the job market. One thing is definitely for sure you are never “over-qualified” to be a nurse. As long as you have the “heart” for nursing, you are definitely not “too old”.

  10. De’Andra Says:

    I am 40 and recently applied for the BSN Program at
    UTA as well so I am waiting on an invitation for an interview and writing sample.
    I was just wandering if TDOUGLAS could give me some heads up on what to expect at the interview/writing sample if I get an invitation. I have a 3.3 GPA. What are your thoughts?

    Thank you and congratulations to you!

  11. debbe Says:

    i feel that you are never too old to start a career in nursing! i was in my 30′s when i started classes for my adn! and there were older nurses graduating with me- one was a grandmother and she was in her late 50′s! she was talking about going back to school for her bsn!
    i’ve been trying to talk my sister into enrolling in a nursing school, because she says she’s always wanted to become a nurse, but feels she is too old-she is 53 yr old! my younger sister and i are nurses and we could even help to tutor her!

  12. pamela Says:

    I will be graduating in May 2008 at the age of 44 for my BSN. I have an administrative back ground in healthcare and even though schooling hasnt been easy it has been rewarding and I know I will bring my life experience with me.

    P.S. I strive for “A”‘s and to make the Deans list.. therefore, I put a lot of pressure on myself.

  13. steubified Says:

    the soon-to-be president of my 2009 nursing graduating class is currently 52

  14. Stacie Says:

    I was 37 when I graduated from my ADN program 2 years ago. I am currently working on my RN-BSN completion program, and I plan to go on to grad school and become a nurse practitioner. I know I have plenty of great years in nursing ahead of me!

    One of the ladies who graduated the year before me was 64 when she graduated. She was a teacher at my high school, and when she retired at 62, she didn’t feel “done.” She felt she had more to give to the world, so she went back and became a nurse (she now works in a pediatric office). It’s never too late, and you’re not too old! Go for it!

  15. Steve Says:

    I was laid off 3x over 4 years as an engineer. (Work was outsourced out of the country.) At 51 years old I went back to school for an A.S. in Nursing. It was tough, but it can be done! I have been a nurse now for 1.5 years and love it.
    (Another nurse who graduated with me graduated at 60 years of age).

  16. Big guy Says:

    All the posts give me the push I need. I’m 49 and, I want to get this under way.
    Thanks.

  17. jo Says:

    def not!!!
    my dad’s in nursing school and he is way older than you! =)

  18. Big Guy Says:

    You guys are so cool and, soo sweet, to take the time to post all of your encouraging comments.
    I spoke with the rtech school ikn my area today and, have concluded that my first steps need to be to get the pre-reqs. out of the way:algebra, chem., biology, etc.. I have to wait for the summer courses to become available. I’ve seen where it’s a good idea to make sure you have the algebra down solid first, before taking on the chemistry class?
    Thank you guys again..

  19. Cornelia Burpee Says:

    How in the world did everyone get the money to pay for the nursing program?

  20. Dr. Bill Tobin Says:

    Hello Everybody!

    Thanks for the support from some brave people. I’m brave too because I am entering Nursing School at the age of 53. I earned a PhD in Biochemistry in 1998 along with four high school teaching certifications (math, bio, chem, gen sci) and I’ve been a Series 7 Investment Broker since 1986. My wife is an RN and I can’t wait to begin RN training in January 2009. Thanks again!

  21. Maddie Says:

    I am 48 and want to go back to school for a CRNA. I have aBSN and 6 years of ICU experience but what frightens me is the debt ill be in at 51 when i graduate

  22. S.O. Says:

    Old is a mind set! I am 42, and surviving my LPN year. I have 4 sons-two are Marines, one is graduating soon, and the other is close behind. Although, I would of loved to have had a nursing career earlier in my life, I wouldn’t exchange raising my children for anything. I went through the whole head trip of being too old, but when I looked around at actual nurses in the field, I realized that their ages were all over the map. Some where my kids ages, but some were older than my mom. I don’t think we’ll ever wake up and say “why did I become a nurse now”? (I hope)lol. God bless and good luck to all.

  23. Sabrina Says:

    I am 43 and mother of two kids, ages 6 and 11. I also work full-time self-employed as a medical transcriptionst. I have decided to go back to school to become an RN. I will have to continue to juggle working and family around getting my degree. Any advice or encouragement is appreciated as I am very nervous about my age and especially about the math portion of school. Thanks in advance! :)

  24. Barbara Says:

    Sabrina – I hope you pursue this if you really want to be a nurse. I just switched careers and am 49. Graduated with a BSN in December, and took my nclex in Jan. School was a mad crunch, and stressful, but it felt great to finish, and now I am getting my bearings in my first job as an RN. We actually had several students that were in late forties, early fifties. Looking back, I’m glad I did it, although my job now is 3-11, and I’m on my feet all the time, which means I ache when I get home. If you decide to go through with it, be patient with yourself!!
    Good luck!

  25. Rachel Says:

    I am a 24 year old mom and I am scared to death of starting school! I haven’t been in a classroom setting since I was 16. I am interested in getting into nursing but I’m afraid I don’t have enough education under my belt. I took and passed the GED when I was 16, but I never took the ACT, which I plan on doing within the next 2 months. I’m not real confident with myself in any type of math, but this is something I want to do! I’m just scared that I will make a fool of myself once I get started. Also, I know I will have quite a few pre-reqs to get through, but will I be tutored on these classes or will I be expected to already know these things? I am so clueless when it comes to the whole school thing and getting back into the groove of it. Any tips or advice?

  26. Barbara Says:

    I will have just turned 59 when I (expect and hope to) graduate from an ADN program in December 2010! I have an MBA, but when I lost my last job 2 years ago I realized I couldn’t face looking for another finance job and wanted to do something which involved compassion and not sitting in front of a computer all day. I have been working full time throughout this period and attending an evening/weekend program. It has been very hard work and all consuming, but very rewarding. I think I will love being a nurse! Several people in my class are in their 50′s, 40′s etc.

  27. mrs_vicki Says:

    Just wanted to say thanks to all who replied to this. You not only helped the original poster, you also helped others like myself. At 40 yrs of age, after being a stay-at-home mom for 18 years, I’m going back to school to become a nurse. While I’m very excited and know that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to…I still had that nagging little voice telling me I was too old, that it was too late, that my chance at a career was long gone. Reading all of your posts knocked that nagging, little voice right out of my head. I can’t say thank you enough and I can’t send out enough love and good vibes to you all. Your words have been a blessing to me.

  28. B.Almonte Says:

    I’m MA and also 43 year old I planning go back to school to get My associated degree RN

  29. Lynn Says:

    Help, I was recently let go from my job as a CNA/Unit Coordinator because I fractured my ankle back in the fall of 2009 and as of now I cannot push or pull more than 25#’s. Have most of my pre-req’s for RN and contemplating going back to finish LPN or RN. With the fractured ankle still healing would this be a major mistake? 50 and panicking!!!!

  30. Deb Says:

    Lee,
    age is just a number, and no body’s business but yours My cousin just graduated from a 2 year associated degree nursing program; she is 60 years old and just beginning her nursing career. It all depends on you health and energy level and attitude.

    Good luck and God bless (or whomever you worship)

  31. Sherry Says:

    Oh for heaven’s sake…. not at all. I am 54 and just graduated with my associates in nursing (RN). I was a teacher for 18 years with my MS. I love nursing. There were 18 people in my class and all but 2 were over 40! So go for it. And several were men.

  32. liza Says:

    I think you should think about going into debt getting a degree in nursing at a late age. Think about it ! for the money you will make, How much of that will go to pay off the debt, it might just be better to settle for a lower paying job and be done with it. There are jobs out there that are just as satisfying as nursing. Nursing is hard work. Bedside nursing is something that is very hard for 60 year old’s to do.

  33. Sharon Says:

    Thank you for your moment of honesty. Yes, it can be done. But, w the cost of education nowadays, paying 3/4 $ education (I was accepted into an Ivy League college NP MSN w BS, and an unfinished background BSN RN) for $100,000…and that was 10 yrs ago! Probs twice that now. The issue was, at over 50 did I really want to work 50+ hrs a week, w most going to pay off a education debt. Not really. Esp w chronic pain condition (FM) who needs the stress?
    I’ve worked in nursing for 20 yrs and love it. Yes, I can get something cheaper…but, working because we love it, and over committing…well, I’m not talking anyone out of it. If you love it; do it. I’m just saying, think about it. It’s very demanding, and you don’t want to paint yourself into a corner, where you HAVE to do it at an advancing age…it can take all the fun out of it.
    lots of luck,

  34. Not Scared Anymore Says:

    Gosh you all made me feel so much better I am 49 and just finishing my AS degree then start on to my BS in Nursing…

  35. farley Says:

    I will be graduating from school this May and am 55. I’m the oldest in my class, and there are people in their forties, thirties and twenties. The community colleges are a fairly cheap way to get your associates degree, without incurring much debt.
    Nursing school is not a cake walk and isn’t really comparable to going to “college” and I can say that because I’ve done both. Be prepared for lots of hard work, but with a great reward at the end.

  36. Lee Anna Says:

    I am graduating in 4 weeks (47 in Sept.). I have done well in school, work part time as a tech in a critical caridac care unit. Age and experience a plus–but–take care of yourself!! It’s stressful, eat right, sleep, and WASH YOUR HANDS.

    Go for it,
    Lee Anna

  37. Ellen Says:

    Please I need some advice. I am 56 and I am starting my pre-reqs for the ADN program. Hopefully, I will be completed with my pre-reqs in about a year and be able to apply for the nursing program. Am I fooling myself into thinking that I can be accepted into a nursing program at 57-58?

    Thanks.

  38. Karen Says:

    NO WAY you are too old. I am talking about Australian conditions. I am doing bachelor of nursing – part time. Have already completed half of first year and now finishing that, and I am 59!! Older students being a wealth of knowledge, while younger students bring new perspectives. Being older I found that I didnt have time to repeat so I really applied myself last year and did very well. This year is harder (anatomy etc), but still holding on (always during semester I think of pulling out, then I go and get good marks and I am back on track). At first I was feeling like a fish out of water, sooo long since I had been to school. I wont lie, it is hard yakka and the referencing side is tedious and pedantic, but I love it. I figure I can work till I want to (or drop dead), so age is irrelevant. Anyway would rather die on the job, than in a nursing home. Go for it Girl. The younger students need us there as mentors,

  39. Ellen Says:

    Thanks so much.

  40. maxine Says:

    HELLO, I’M 46 AND SINCE I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A NURSE. I WAS ENROLLED IN AN LPN PROGRAM BACK AND IN HIGH SCHOOL AND I FAILED THE EXAM, I GOT DISCOURAGED AND QUIT. I’M PRESENTLY WORKING FULL TIME IN THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM AND FRANKLY, THIS IS NOT WHAT I WANT TO DO. I’VE ENROLLED IN COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOR THE FALL AND I’M LOOKING TO GO TO NURSING SCHOOL. I NEED SOME ADVISE, SHOULD I GO FOR LPN THEN TRANSITION TO RN. I CAN’T AFFORD TO QUIT MY JOB TO GO TO SCHOOL FULL-TIME. PLEASE ADVISE. THANKS :)

  41. Jim Says:

    54 and going strong…mostly. Halfway through a ASN-RN program. 50 IS the new 40. All those contemplating the move, go for it. My reasons would fill a book. I get bored quickly, probably ADD. Regardless, I find nursing mentally challenging that keeps the “boredom” away. The money is O.K., I should always be able to find a job even in a tough job market. At a point in life when less is more.

  42. Janet Says:

    I am 45 and returning once AGAIN to finish nursing-maybe. I had completed half of the RN program right out of high school, wrecked my GPA each term and dropped out to “live in the world” as a 20 y.o. idiot. Returned after married and with a 2-1/2 y.o. some 6 years later for the LPN program. Completed all the way through with only half of last semester or less left with 3rd highest grade, all As when disaster struck my family–brother paralyzed in accident, so going to clinicals 6 am-3:30 pm then downtown 24 miles to ICU with him, lost my mom and sister as childcare support clearly as result AND my already VERY unsupportive husand and in-laws announced they purchased a bar to turn into English pub and also could not help with childcare. Exhausted emotionally and physically, I had somewhat of a meltdown/breakdown in hospital when my most amazing instructor (and progranm director) came to me to tell me to take a break….I could return next year for final semester repeat…nursing will always be there, my family and sanity needed me now. I had 6 years to return to only have to repeat entire final semester. I was pregnancy with our second child the next year, the following year, brother finally independent, and then died of pneumonia, life took over another year and then we moved out of state for work. Here I am, last time in college was 1991 in LPN program–I am back to at least complete AA/AS degree, was talked into program between this college and UCF for BA as RN…but have 3 courses left for AA/AS degree and pre-reqs and my health has been progressively worsening since I actually (ironically) also had accident now 10 years ago and broke MY neck, level above my brothers, C5-6…with failed surgery/nonunion, declined insurance due to genetic disorder found only after I failed to improve from surgery, actually worsened…they MISSED clear clues of this -hemochromatosis- I have severe chronic pain–suppose I will use the diagnosis term fibromyalgia, although I am angered by that, also severe, diffuse osteoarthritis, DDD, DJD spine and knees, AND autoimmune disorder whereby I have chronic attacks of my shingles (10 just this year alone and WHILE ONE suppression medications)… and SOOOO, my quandry is in that I LOVE medicine, determine to finish a degree and begin a career…I HAVE been an independent contractor medical transcriptionist greater than 10 years, own my own company and contracted with some VERY high profile hospital systems and specialists-so have continued working in healthcare, continuing my education, keeping up to date ETC…my hope and dream is that the college will accept/acknowlege the clinical hours I completed, not make me repeat entire program-I CAN live with repeating last term without complaints–BUT, due to the fact my husband lost our 25+ year very succesful construction business due to economy, he has had NO income 3 years now, and so I am ONLY income these years, working 80+ hours/week AND carrying two courses each term on top of my illnesses, chronic pain and MULTIPLE daily medications…I cannot afford to repeat 18 months full time nor am I physically capable…SO, many may ask (of possible only a few) why am I even pursuing nursing if I physically am unable to perform the tasks and in fact have been labeled long-term disabled, although refused assistance/benefits/charity etc….But I have come to find there are MANY non-clinical careers I may pursue and in fact hope to, but which require an RN license….so, how now to obtain THAT without the clinical hours I wonder? And so, I am hoping to appeal, beg, plead with the college to accept my hours I completed VERY successfully in fact…. ANY thoughts, input, suggestions, guidance or HELP in this is much appreciated. thank you all and glad I found you..

  43. TrueGrits Says:

    I got my LPN at 48. Did that first because I was able to finish in a year and a half and start working as a nurse while I finished my associate degree. Intended to have my ADN 2 years after completing my LPN. However, time and money worked against me, and it ended up taking me 5 years. So I got my RN at 53. Totally worth the journey. Go for it.

  44. Jon Says:

    I am an unemployed male teacher and I am 54 years old. I am contemplating in getting into nursing or surgical technology. Currently I am training to be an EMT while working as a volunteer EMS crew member for my town. I wasn’t sure of getting into the health field since my area of specialty was Math and Technology (besides an M.S. degree I have two Post grad diplomas in Education and Math).I also felt that I was probably too old to be accepted to the program. This website gave me the encouragement to try it. Thanks.

  45. maureen Says:

    Hi all, Im here because i want some advice. In 2001 i thought my career dream of becoming a nurse was in hand. Unfortunately, after a years training i bacame ill and was not able to complete the course. Right decision at the time but now wish with all my being i’d have had the strength to persue my goal. Quuestion : I’m 58yrs old what are my prospects of achieving my goal @ where the heck do i start?

  46. Shawnette Says:

    I have a B.A. degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Sociology. I am 41 years old and will be 42 in September and I am strongly considering going back to college to get my nursing degree. I have been looking into colleges and universities in my area and found a program for an Associated Bachelors in Nursing degree (ASBN) a degree that can be completed in two years for individuals who already have a four year degree. I hope that 41 is not too old to obtain my ASBN and seek employment in the nursing field…please give some words of encouragement :)

  47. naw myat noe thu Says:

    Oh my GOD . Glad to hear that all comment . They made me encourage .now I am 31 years old.I want to be a nurse.but I have traning for nurse aid .thanks all . GOD BE alaways with all .

  48. rondodondo Says:

    Never too old to “learn” but to pay it back,,,,,yes. At 54/59 you should be looking towards retirement not going into something as strenuous as stressful as nursing, plus all the debt. Trust me I am there now and know of what I speak.

  49. Donna Says:

    I just turned 53 and I will be taking my pre req’s this fall! My goal is to graduate before I turn 58. I am a personal trainer so I am active and healthy! I do not plan on retiring ever! I don’t want to stop working helping people, I love it!!!!!

  50. Rose Says:

    Thanks for all the posters!! It’s very encouraging to read all the enthusiasms and positive comments. I graduated in 2009 with my BSN and became an RN shortly after. I have been practicing for 3 yrs now and now considering going back to school for my MSN and pursue further to become a Nurse Practitioner. I asked myself the same question, if am I too old to become an NP? I am 50 now so if I start next year, I will become an NP when Im 53, considering all the process and examinations that goes with it. I was in different careers prior to nursing. Waht brought me to nursing is when my husband was diagnosed with cancer and having been in the hospital so often, I appreciated how the nurses treated my husband and my family. When my husband passed away, I went back to school for nursing and abandoned my computer job. I was a computer programmer, sat in front of the computer all day, went home with a headache and strained eyes most of the time. Nursing brought me job satisfaction that I never felt in my previous job. God’s willing, Im about to venture the next step. If not possible, I’m still very happy and glad I am a nurse! So! for those who wonder if they’re too old, don’t let the age stops you. Employers sometimes prefer older nurses because they stay longer on the job. God bless!

  51. Jennya Says:

    @ Janet – have you talke dot Western Governors University? On line and in depth evaluation of prior education towards their credits. Good luck.

  52. mary Says:

    This encourage me more on going back to school iam 26 years old and ill be taking cna training program in a few days and latet continue for the lpn thank you

  53. Yersu Gerg Says:

    The questions to ask yourself:
    Are you fit and able? And really…
    If it is going to cost so much in terms of effort and $$ to become a nurse, will you consider it a sensbile investment?

    If you answer yes to all the above, then you have answered your own question…

  54. laura Says:

    I was taking my 1st prerequisite for nursing school when I had an accident and a head injury at 45. That was 13 years ago. I’m finally recovered enough to try again and although I’ll probably be 60 when I graduate I’ll have a BSN, I managed to get off disability – the TBI wasn’t fun, and earned an AS in Human Services> I don’t know if I’ll succeed but I’m going to try my best. I work with nurses who are 70 and some who are 20, each has something to offer =)

  55. Jennifer Says:

    Thanks to all the comments. It was a pleasure for me at 46 to know that there are people outthere in the same situation like myself. I just failed a class in the bsn program first semester. Now I’m out for a year woundering what to do at this time in my life, with a lot of fear.Don’t know if my studying technique was not enough. Right now , I need encouragement, whether to continue with the nursing career. All the comments gave me hope in life and many thanks and appreciation to you all.

  56. Marie Says:

    im so happy i found this site im 47 and i’ll be getting my GED in a couple of months. i’m planning on enrolling in a degree program to become either a nurse or social worker. i too have been hit with some very hard punches in life but i refuse to let those mishaps stop me. i have a very strong faith in God and i know if i continue to hold on to him i can achieve anything i set out todo. i feel so blessed to have found you guys im tearing up as i write this i’m sittng at my kitchen table and as i was trying to work out a math problem i just asked my self the question am i wasting my time, so i just googled the words, is 47 to old to start a new career and i found this site. to God be the Glory i know he hear my prayers.
    i thank God for you all being so honest and open this has truly been a life changing moment for me
    Good Luck To Everyone..
    GOD BLESS..
    Marie..

  57. Ann Says:

    I am 43. Out of nursing since 2007. I have 14 years of medical surgical experience as RN. I want to re enter but not sure which area. defineltely need a change from medsurg. any ideas?

  58. tracey Says:

    I am an LPN who has worked in the field of nursing for 28 years..i tried several times to become an RN..for me it was..mom had a stroke at the same time i found out that i was pregnant..Husband wasn’t very supportive about me going to school and he started working less and less with me picking up the slack.one day i felt the whole weight of the world on me and just left nursing school.in the middle of third semester..now i am back..with a total new attitude..and much more support from those around me..i know that i will probably be the oldest student but who cares..i am 54 years old..its my time to shine..classes start next week and i will be there…PEACE.

  59. noreen Says:

    I am 54 with an associates degree. I am worried now that I will be phased out of nursing unless I get my bsn. But that costs money and I hope to work another 10 years. Do you think it’s worth it?

  60. Michelle Says:

    I am so glad I have found this website. I will be 45 in one week. I will also start my pre-reqs in nursing as of 08.19.13. At a community college. I was beginning to think that I was to old. But thanks to you for your great post and words of encouragement I will continue on my journey in becoming a nurse. I will not graduate until I am close to 48 yrs. old but I am very excited about this new adventure in my life!

  61. Anne Says:

    I think the point is whether quality schools will accept you at that age. Even though they can’t legally, they do and everyone knows it. So the question is, will you get in to a BSN program at that age. Sounds like a lot of you did, but had a background in science and healthcare industry experience. Might be harder for those who do not.

  62. Jeff Says:

    I am grateful for having found this post as well. It’s amazing how many things I’ve done in my life. At 43, and with two degrees, I’m now looking into an entry-level MSN program at a local college. The debt will be pretty hefty, but I suspect the rewards will be as well… Still researching but so happy to hear there are many others that have been/are in my shoes. God bless…

  63. TARA Says:

    I am sitting at work, unhappy at being just a simple minded front desk worker, my kids have all gone on to be great in their careers, great mom’s, and being great at being wives, my husband has a wonderful job and we are not struggling to much we are both 49! My husband made a statement last night “why don’t you go to school” and be something. At first I was hurt, then I got mad and said I don’t even have a HS diploma! and what the hell would I do? He said Be A Nurse! You are good with people and the world needs them! But by the time I figure I am going to finish I will be 55!!!!!!!! Is that too old? Maybe I could just be a therapist? I have read everyone’s posts and feel empowered to TRY but I am really scared! Where to start and how??? Lots of prayers needed! Thanks and God Bless to all who have come before me and made it!

  64. Lisa Says:

    Got for it!! I am going back to school too at the age of 43. I am a CMA and love it. But need to make more of myself as well as more income. It will take a few years to complete the generals and RN program. But hey even if it happens at the age of 50. I did it!!

  65. Gerri Says:

    I had started nursing but had to drop due to working full time, in debt from past marriage which I got slammed for… Nevertheless I see a break through in 1 1/2 years. I am a LPN for almost forty will 58-59 be to old I ask… I want to change this false core belief. I have found some instructors to be quite rude. ( or was it my perception? ) long desire as a 8 year old child and many distractions marriages deaths and now child grown up and moved away and now divorced. I long for it I’m currently working out in gym run 2 miles 2-3 times a week to build up stamina and O2 to brain. Haha I can almost taste this… Too late at 59????

  66. nancy ellen Says:

    Get thru Nurse Practitioner schooling. Just get going on it all. Don’t become an RN. Floor nursing is not for us old folks. 12 hours on your feet will kill you. If I had the money, I would return and get my NP degree (Master’s in Nursing). Get your GED, start taking the pre-requisites…..one step at a time. Good Luck.

  67. Sylvia Says:

    Yes, but will hospitals hire a new grad at 54 yrs old?

  68. Elizabeth Says:

    I am turning 56 next month and will graduate with my ADN in three months. It’s never to late! The local hospital recruiter says that they value the life experience.

  69. rondodondo Says:

    To Gerri never too old to learn, too old to pay it back……………..yes you are unfortunately. To all those with an ASN you might as well forget about getting a job. Why would an employer hire an ASN over a BSN? They wouldn’t!

  70. Becky Says:

    I am an LPN now starting a bridge program to become a RN. My husband said to me “why bother, no one will hire you because you are too old”. I am 53 now. I cry every day about this. It’s so good to read what all of you have to say. Thanks!

  71. Johanna Says:

    Strongly believe that where there is a will there is a way. There is a forum called allnurses.com that will be informative to all levels. Most difficult for new grads to find jobs these days and experienced nurses. Lots of discrimination toward older nurses. Not trying to burst anyones bubble.Once you know what you are up against than you can plan a strategy way in advance of graduating and even before getting admitted to nursing school. I am older also and have a plan already in place that will make me such a valuable asset to my future employer , that my age will be not a deciding factor. Certainly want to be supportive, but am not being specific in sharing a solution that I feel is Individually tailored to prove successful for me. We each have different life circumstances.

  72. Jackie Says:

    49 and in my 5th semester! I have three kids (22, 15, and 12)…it can be done and I am thrilled to be able to embark on this new journey in my life. Go for it and do not look back :)

  73. Cateyes Says:

    I will be 50 yr. old Dec 1st, I will graduate from my ADN, RN program on Dec 20th. My age says I may be old but my looks, my heart, my actions and my love for nursing will not hold me back. I am blessed to be this age, for many did not make it to this age.

    You can do it!!!

  74. Lou Says:

    I went to college for my RN at age of 29…Worked full time until I was 37 (son was born) and was a stay at home mom until the age of 54. I had subbed as a volunteer sub school nurse, some just single days and other times I was long term (2-8 weeks several times). At age of 54 started getting paid for my subbing and at age 56 got a full time job as a clinical research coordinator for a clinical research company. Laid off at 57 (economy) but was hired as school nurse for an area high school at age 57 and I am planning on working at the high school until I retire. There is a licensed school nurse covering the town’s 9 public schools and each school has an RN as the building nurse. I attended an eight month RN Refresher course before going back to the paid world when I was 54 and I now am a precepor four times a year for current students in the program. I’ve done night shift on a neurosurgical unit, was a surgical RN for an oral surgery practice, was a clinical data coordinator in a clinical research company, volunteered as sub school nurse, volunteer coordinatornroom mother, kitchen drone, started up a health ministry at my church, was on numerous school committees throughout my son’s school years, then subbed for pay, was a clinical research coordinator and now school nurse. And I have an Associate’s Degree. You are NOT too young and in fact, your age (and hopeful maturity?) will only enhance your schooling and degree.

  75. rita Says:

    I want to do somthing either job nither study n neither any course but .. My age is 38 year old.. So any think i can do ?? N my education 11th passed only .. Plss help me ..

  76. Karol Says:

    It was nice reading all your experiences, I’m 40 years old married with 4 kids, I’m on my second semester in RN program. I feel extremely frustrated, because I’ve been out of school for so long that all this studying is driving me crazy, I find it very hard, and I ask my self, Is it worth it? How many years ahead of me do I have?….My husband puts so much pressure on me, but this has been my dream career that I never accomplished because life put other priorities in between and I never had any emotional support from my parents, neither they never set the example.

  77. Janine Says:

    How wonderful to read everyone’s posts. I’ll be 51 in Sep and will graduate 12/12/14 with my ADN as well. I love to hear everyone’s stories of needing to give more out of our lives. Certainly for anyone in their 30′s or 40′s asking if they’re too old, let’s all say the resounding NO WAY! My question is this: my strength is people skills. My instructors always comment on those and I feel comfortable walking into any patient’s room to talk to them. But for meds, etc., I get so worried about what I don’t know!! And I’m entering my final semester. It’s a bit daunting. Anyone remember being close to graduation and feeling this way? Would love to hear your stories. Thank you!

  78. Laurene Green Says:

    Thank you for the support,it is greatly appreciated.I had been sick for a spell, but my physician says I am well,and can resume my career. I’m taking a refresher class after that I’ll looked for a position.Thank you again Laurene

  79. The Beav Says:

    Hey 41 year old male single parent of 2 wonderful kids…working to get in school for nursing. My ex wife left me with kids, had to change careers which ended up being a dead end. So now I’ve decided that nursing is my calling. My heart is bigger than Texas and love helping others. My mother still practicing RN since 1978, my dad Nuclear Medicine. They seem to be well off. They are the biggest blessing I could ever ask for…wasn’t for them I would of not been able to survive divorce or keep my kids. All I know is this is my calling and all these posts have inspired me. Thank you so much. Hugs;)

  80. amanda Says:

    i am 38 yrs old i have been a cna for 14 yrs i am also a single mother of 3 i work a lot of hours to make ends meet but i want to go back to school for something in the medical field that pays better but i don’t know what for or if i am too old i have been out of school for years

  81. Heather Says:

    I’ve successfully gained a place at Canterbury Christchurch university in September 2014. No will be studying children’s nursing. I’ve brought up my 5 children and worked with children for 20 years, I went to college and completed the health care. Professions diploma in June 2014. There was 14 places for 2014 as 7 were referred from 2013. I’m 50 and I’m one of the 14. It’s not about my age or background it’s about the right people for the job, and providing the right care. Good luck all. Xxxx

  82. Greg Says:

    I retired at 44 (engineer)after being in a company for 20 years. I decided to go back and pursue a life long dream to be a RN and someday pursue CRNA. I am 46 (almost 47) and will be completing my pre-reqs this fall. Next spring I will be applying to multiple nursing programs. It does take hard work and commitment, but have found my grades to be much better than when in my early 20′s. I go to school with many in their 40′s, 50′s and even some in their 60′s, all pursing nursing. After retiring I coached a group of 13 year boys to a Little League World Series Championship and the next spring we won Nationals in basketball. We can accomplish more than we think with a little extra effort. Winston Churchill (during WW2) stated, “Fear is the most powerful motivator in the world, and if we allow it to engulf us, we will be destroyed. Properly used, fear can motivate us to ultimate victory”. The fear of the unknown, and failure, pushes many of us to succeed. Good luck to all aspiring nurses !!!

  83. Brenda Says:

    Bedside nursing work is tough, mentally and physically. I decided to quit nursing when I turned 50. I knew I was too old for nursing when I had a hard time getting up from squatting (from emptying foley bag. My feet always hurt but not my knees. There’s a lot of walking, bending and lifting in bedside nursing. The older you are the harder the physical demands. Also running around for 12hrs (shifts) takes a toll on your body, after 3 days, I was just exhausted. Work as a CNA in the area you want to go into (L&D, Pedi, Med Surg) first if you are want to know what bedside nursing requires.

  84. Ruth Says:

    Everyone’s point is valid and important. However, with so many turning to nursing at a mature age what about retirement, huge school debt if you go to a BSN program. Can you retire when want to or are you forced to continue working because you have to. Let’s face it helping people is great but, who’s going to help you when your health starts to decline but you have to keep working because of the debt it do not become rewarding then. This is just keeping it real.

  85. Krystal Says:

    I say it is never too late to go back to school.
    To all the remarks about keeping it real…. Oh Please,as someone who has worked in the non-skilled work arena and in the medical field, it is much harder physically,spiritually and mentally to be in a low paying unappreciated postion. As a person in a non degreed job you have to work long hours, for little pay and then go to your other job-jobs just to make the rent… retirement (ha ha)… you definitely can’t save for that because after the bills there is nothing left if you managed to pay all the bills… If anyone has the opportunity to go to nursing school,and gets accepted, I say go for it..Nursing is not just a job, it is a calling..

    Many blessings
    Krystal age 50

  86. Najwa Says:

    I am 47 myself, and English is a second language for me. I would say that age does not matter- it is just a number! it is how you feel that counts. I will be finishing my associate degree and my preqs. at the same time this spring semester…All posts were awesome! years will be rolling anyway…reach for your dreams…never give up:)

  87. Carolina Says:

    I will be 61 when I finish an Accelerated BSN in the Northeast US in a year and a half. Im more energetic and adventurous than most 40 year olds I know. I have a BA, MBA and a second masters. I mostly disliked my previous career so I switched and began taking prerequisites in science last year. My grandmother died at 101 so I figure I could have many years to give back and pay back. And I used my retirement funds to finance this thing. Even if I have no money left for a retirement, I would rather be a poor former nurse than a rich former anything else. Good luck!

  88. Denice Says:

    I am pleasantly surprised by the many posts that are from older people going back to college. This motivates me to go ahead and just do it. I am 53 and thought it was kind of crazy to want to change my career now. I do know that I feel the most fulfilled when I am helping others. I believe the nursing field is where I should be. I’m going to go for it. Thx again for the motivation.

  89. Ashley Says:

    This the most positive feed I’ve come across since I started researching the field of nursing. Kudos to all of you who followed or are following your dreams (no matter what age) and for spreading encouragement to others. Keep it up!

  90. Sathish Says:

    Can you just let me know if foreign nationals are allowed to enroll a program into CRNA and is there any age limit as I am 37 now. I am from India and as per our educational system, we have age restriction. I am looking out to do a CRNA program from a recognized university with valid CRNA certification. Please suggest.

  91. Helene Says:

    I’ve been considering going back to school for some time now. I’m interested in nursing. Never took any college classes and dont know where to start. I’m 32 with a newborn. I’m tired of my dead end job. I’m afraid of failing. I’m not good at math and especially horrified of speaking in front of a large group of students. I want to be proud of what i do and want a better future for me and my daughter. i read this post and find it helpful and encouraging.

  92. kelley Says:

    Been thinking about going back to school for nursing at 54. Probably won’t get started in the field until I’m 58. That’s scary. Not yet certain what to do. Good luck to everyone and whatever you do, do it to the best of your ability. God bless us all.

  93. Maria Says:

    Thank you very much for the positive comments. I was looking for RN finishing their degrees at 35, i am pregnant with my second baby and realized I need to change careers, just feeling a little bit old for doing it. By the time i finish i will be 37 years old and i was feeling old to start over a new career but this blog has totally inspired me to do it! Thanks!

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