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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?


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155 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! ! !

  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.

  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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  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:

    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?


  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.

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  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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  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..

  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 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 day i felt the whole weight of the world on me and just left nursing the middle of third 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… 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 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  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!

  94. Joan Says:

    I am 59, have been an LPN for 30 years. In order to get a better job I know I need my RN. Will be starting the ADNS bridge in 2 weeks for 18 months. I hear all your fears, I just push them away when I feel them because in 2 years when I look back I don’t want to think that I should have done it and will be 2 years older. Glad to know I am not the only one!

  95. Dave Says:

    Hmm…first, to address the “realists” – just ran the numbers for an ADN to BSN program at a local state college; works out to about $15K. Don’t know about you, but that’s about what a cheap car’s gonna cost – good investment IMO. And, (suprise!) not all nursing jobs are floor nursing; ever hear of home health? Medical billing? Nurse informatics? Plenty of opportunities IF you’re willing to take the initiative & think outside the hospital.
    As for me – lost my mom and my IT job in ’09, had a per diem CNA gig in ’12-’13 & going into round 2 of LVN training next year. Going back into CNA shortly to bring my bedside skills back up to speed prior to re-entry; once there, ace the LVN, go on to ADN (BTW, nursing homes and assisted living facilities just love ADN level RN’s, as do hospices), then BSN, and finally DNP so I can be a nurse practitioner. My age? 52. ๐Ÿ™‚

  96. Rose Says:

    You are never too old if you have the drive and determination! I just turned 56, have a previous B. A. In liberal arts from 20 years ago, and have just finished up 5 pre-reqs I needed for nursing: micro, stats, A&P I,II, and human dev and have a 4.0 in all! It’s been tough as all get out and my brain is fried but if I can do it, so can you. I never thought I could do it but I literally studied then studied some more..

  97. Marie Says:

    I graduated nursing at 35, BSN at 39, now at 64 am finding my body physically punished after 12 hours in the emergency dept. It hurts to stoop down, pull patients, push carts with , heavy patients, wrestle the confused senior who isnt sure where he is, run to get equipment, learn a new computer system in a new facility. I love nursing but my body doesnt want to continue. Consider your health as it relates to a very physically and mentally demanding job…unless you are prepared to do nurse office work.

  98. Michael Says:

    Hi. I worked driving and guiding tours to the mountains out of Sydney for 25 years and had to stop due to dizziness behind the wheel. I am 56. My girlfriend started a Chinese medicine degree and graduated at 60. She is a hard core achiever and studier (went to boarding school aged 6 in China) I am considering nursing and thank you all both for the inspirational and realist posts.

  99. lisa Says:


    Contemplating going for an associates RN degree. Im 53 and scared about my age. I already took all pre reqs. Im in good physical shape but still the age is freaking me out. I probably wont be done till Im 56. I also work full time. Love all the posts, made me feel much better. Any advice?

  100. Theresa Says:

    I lost my job as a phlebotomist in 2012 never knew i would be out of work this long. Always wanted to be a nurse,but life got in the way. Now is my chance? I don’t so. I visited Temple U yesterday they told me their looking for freshmen and women not old men & women LOL. Can anyone out there help me find a nursing program for people my age I am 58 next month. By the way most schools are four years that means freshmen. I live in the Philadelphia area. I know it’s going to be hard work but I’m up for task.

  101. Susan Says:

    I am 55 years old and will graduate summer 2016 from UTA nurse practitioner program. I attend traditional classes and am enjoying myself. I try not to get bogged down on the age thing because the last time I checked I’m still breathing. I do the work and leave the rest to God.

  102. Lori Says:

    I am 43 years old and have been an LPN for 18 years. Completing my RN is something that I have always wanted to do. My son just graduated high school and is going for his RN… He has given me the motivation to go back. I am currently enrolled to do a bridge program at the local community college. I see many posts regarding cost, and whether or not it is worth the expense. Just to let you all know, at my local community college, I will be paying $7500 plus books to pay for my education. Based on my current wage, and the $10+ an hour more that I will be making upon graduatuon, the cost is definitely worth it. You are never too old. In this profession, you will find that in general, the people that live the longest are the ones that keep their minds active.

    My advice… go with your heart!

  103. Myra Chandler Says:

    I went to Nursing school for my RN when I was 51 (graduated when I was 52). I completed by BSN when I was 55. Now I’m thinking about NP school. Too many people think their brain doesn’t perform well as they age. So far, mine still works fairly well!

    Nursing school required a lot of time to read, read, and then read some more. For me, it was a matter of spending time to read/complete assignments.

  104. Anne Farris Says:

    I am 52 and in my first year of an ADN RN program. I will graduate and hopefully pass the NCLEX and start my career just before I turn 54. I then plan to continue with my BSN program. I have thought about being an NP, but I understand it requires a doctorate now. But I would like to explore specialties in nursing and keep on learning. I can identify with patients and families across the life span and have experience with almost everything that comes my way in school. Truly grateful to being doing this now. Also, work full time and have son age 13 (with Down syndrome) and daughter age 11. Hope you will be encouraged to go for it!

  105. Lilly Says:

    About 40 years after finishing high school I enrolled in a community college. Six years later, age 61, I completed my BSN at a large, well known university. I did some work in med/surg and a couple of other units and experienced all the clichรฉ nursing job nightmares; understaffed, overworked, bullies, etc. I have not been able to get a job in nursing that does not involve being overworked and abused. I love patient care, but refuse to be taken advantage of by the bean counters. I am 64 now and three years into the profession I am ready to go to work at anything but nursing. I do not look my age, I am fit and high energy and a very good employee. The difference between me and the 20 something’s is that they don’t realize they are being used and abused. I don’t recommend nursing as a “profession” to anyone! Look at nurses in general….most of them are very unhealthy, overweight and look tired and discheveled….at any age. Do you really want to look like that? I want to be where the healthy people are….bye, bye…

  106. Kevin Says:

    I am about ao start a 26 month part time nursing for lpn at 57. I am malw ans athletic. Will emploters hire me when I graduate as a newbie at 59?

  107. Asian beauty in Ontario, Canada Says:

    been looking for this site on nursing
    been working on my high school credits to get in RN but some ask? is school debt at retirement worth it? came to Canada only 5 yrs ago, used to be a university professor in business, now teacher an assistant teacher… but in daycare….
    nursing is a Calling, and desire to help the sick and the school debt should be worth it.
    better to retire as a nurse than to regret the opportunity to be one… and sit on your retirement chair regretting the chance. your nursing career will boost your confidence, fulfill your dreams, and drive you even more to work, help people, then be able to pay your debts!
    GO FOR IT! BE A NURSE whether age 20 or 60.
    It’s the heart and the drive that matters.

    Asian Beauty, 54

  108. Lilly Says:

    Kevin, yes someone will hire you. Men have a definite advantage because of their ability to lift heavy patients. LPNs are being phased out with some employers…depending on where you are located. You should definitely get a nurse aide/patient care tech job while you are in school! Also, there are plenty of hospitals moving toward hiring EMTs as emergency room techs. It’s a one semester program to become an EMT. Takes less time, less money and you get a lot of experience in the emergency department.

  109. rondodondo Says:

    Yea that is exactly what you want for your “retirement”. To be 70 years old and still paying off student loans. Or you could still be working the floor at 70 years old. That sounds appealing. By all means…..go for it.

  110. karen Says:

    I’m 45 w/ only an Associates in liberal arts….I HAVE to go back because I fear my kids will end up taking care of me in my late years. Retail and customer service supervisor positions did not pan out as well as I thought:) So going bk, very nervous as I am not great in math and some sciences! so used to my comfy after-work existence of gym then home, wine and TV!! I know a lot of work is ahead, so do I have the stamina?? My kids are grown, (almost, last one is a senior in HS),I’m divorced, have a great supportive man in my life now. Just so worried..this is my last chance. Have been in school 20 years, and thru kids, took me til 2013 to get my AA lol…Loving the encouragement on this page! Wish me luck:)

  111. Susan Says:

    I have a BA degree. I have always wanted to be a nurse. I am 60. Am I too old to become a nurse? Are there accelerated programs that can help me become a nurse sooner? How much time to complete this program? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

  112. Betty Says:

    I am 62 years young.I read where people ask am I too old to become a nurse ? If all you focus on is your age than in your spirit you are to old to be a nurse. Having been an LPN for 30+ years am preparing to become an RN after having that dream sidelined for a variety of reasons. I know all about age discrimination in hiring. I also know after having life experience in overcoming what seemed like unsurmountable obstacles to know that the impossible can be made possible.
    No matter what your age the realities of nursing must be dealt with. It is stressful and physically demanding. I plan on learning even more about how to deal with stress. I have no physical limitations and a lot of stamina. My plan is to not go on a diet but a lifestyle change to improve my nutritional status while shedding the extra pounds I carry.
    After I get my RN I have very grounded expectations as to that my first job might not be my dream job. However, I will always keep in mind that I am not being held captive anywhere and am free to seek out other venues that are more to my liking. It is important I start to identify a niche for myself early on in order to do what it takes to get there.
    I really have no plans to retire, but realize at some point may have to cut back on hours worked, or be prepared to work in a less demanding area of nursing , like home care. I would find retirement not challenging and stimulating enough. After a few months I would be bored stiff.
    Here is one last thought to ponder. Is there a double standard out there for who should or should not pursue an education in healthcare based on age? Often I see or read articles about older RNs who are pursuing advanced degrees in healthcare or other additional graduate degrees. Why are these older RNs lauded and their ages not put under a microscope ? You may say it is because they are not just starting out. If they are earning advanced nursing or other graduate degrees than they are going to move into new roles or be better prepared to take on new responsibilities in their current roles.
    I see a correlation in that nursing students of any age are preparing to take on a new role. If you are currently an LPN then you also going to take on more responsibilities as an RN. Ageism should not be hindering anyone from being able to obtain their RN. The burning questions should be for those of any age is do you understand the RN role and working conditions? Are you compassionate and physically and emotionally prepared to work as an RN. So in retrospect, what does age have to do with it ?


  113. Gail Says:

    I graduated from a BSN program at the age of 62 in December 2013. I also had another BA and 2 MA’s. I would encourage anyone of any age to follow your dreams remember nursing has many avenues for service after graduation. Bedside nursing is not your only option. Make an impact on others during clinical experiences and any other opportunities that present themselves to you in the academic setting. As Nike says, “Just do it!”

  114. Carey Says:

    Hello, after my divorce it has taken me a couple of years to get back on my feet. Now 40 years old, working as an administrative assistant, feeling it’s a dead end at some point. I’ve always had passion for helping people. I also have obtained my CMT license (which is currently expired), but, believe I have a thorough understanding the human anatomy which I would think could only help in my studies. My questions are:

    1. I live in NJ and have to continue working my dead end job to pay the bills. Are the night and weekend courses to obtain my BSN?
    2. I went to community college for business for only a semester back when I was 18. Will I have to take all those pre-req’s?

    3. I have no clue where to start, especially at age 40, but I do have a love and desire to help people and have always wanted to be in the health field. Where to begin, any help??

  115. Elischewah Says:

    YAHOO for you Gail! I just graduated with a BSN and am 49 years old. (May, 2015) I also have a BA in psychology and a MA in gerontology. Besides that I have a Dutch hairstyling license.
    However, I am having great trouble with getting a nursing job. Do you think that will improve when I have my license? I should have that completed in July,2015.


  116. Elischewah Says:

    Actually I just got told (again) why they won’t hire me. They say that I am too mature which makes me not a good fit in the team.
    I really feel that this is just a load of periwinkle.
    If anyone has some insight or advice, I would sincerely appreciate it. Thanks

  117. Nyanzi Says:

    Thanks everyone for such wonderful encouragement from your posts. I am 42 years old, I have three children 14, 12 and 10. I want to go back to school for a BSN. I had these negative thoughts that I am too old, and it is not worth encuring such a big student loan at my age.

    I have a full time job that I was not ready to quit for a student loan. However, I have always dreamed to be a Nurse and set an example for my children for high aspirations.

    Although I was still not sure if this was a right thing to do or not, I went back to Adult High School online this year to start working on my prerequisites which I am doing. Every now and then I have been asking myself, is it worth the effort?

    after reading all your posts, I have been energized to “GO FOR IT” I know I will be still paying my student loan at retirement, but it is better to do that than to regret that I did not leave my dream. Besides, in my curent job half of what I do is Nursing job tesponsibities like giving medications, cleaning bodly fluids, vomits, changing diapers, physically demanding etc…,but not paid as much! So why not getting the education needed and get paid for it? Thanks every one. Someone said in the post that age is a mind set. And I now agree.

  118. Samantha Says:

    I am 54 and will be graduating from a community college ADN program in December. It was a lottery system so it’s an eclectic bunch of students with wide range of age and life experience and backgrounds. So happy I did it.

    For those of you who are concerned about the math, don’t be. Once you do a few of the problems it becomes pretty straight forward, there are a few very easy formulas to learn which make it all quite easy. Watch a couple of youtube videos and you will see that is its not as bad as you think (try search terms like nurse math or RN math)

    Life experience really counts in nursing, so age is actually a bonus and I think made it easier to learn. For me and most of the class the hardest semester was the first one. We saw a few people drop. They all are challenging in different ways but once you are over the hump of the first semester you will have made many nursing school buddies and that helps a lot!

  119. Rose Says:

    It is encouraging reading these stories, however it is easy to go into nursing with blinders on. Whatever you think, your supervisors are Not your friends even when they smile to your face. Your nurse manager is not your friend. People always need someone to blame things on and if they don’t like you, you will be used as a scapegoat. I am 60, have been a nurse for 25+ years. 5 years ago I needed back surgery. 3 surgeries and then more and more recovery. now, 5 years Later I am doing well. My situation is that I could not go back to my job in a world renowned Hospital because it was too stressful physically and emotionally and because I became too high risk for another back injury. I did go back to the floor I had been on (cardiac acute care) for a short time after the first back surgery however when I needed the second and 3rd back surgery and was in tons of pain at work and did not perform at my best, The hospital tried to squeeze me out and I was targeted partialy because I was making top salary, partially my age (55 at the time) and also because I had claimed workmans comp. after the 1st back injury. I was helping transfer a 300+ lb man from one sttetcher to another, we did not have enough help but everything was behind schedule so we went ahead anyway. I cant get a job there even in another dept because I am too high risk. I had to sue the hospital when they tried to get rid of me. They said if I did not voluntarily resign they would fire me. I was given a years severance pay. I made a couple of very small careless errors such as incorrectly adding up the I &O sheet or something small like that. A patient who was in his 80’s told his attending that I had not come into the room when he had chest pain durung the night, even though I was in the room at least 3 or 4 times doing ekg’s. It was totally false, but whatever the patient says, they are right no matter what. The doctor told the nurse manager what this patient said about me and I was on the s—list. I had documented everything I had done for the patient , the next day he went home and his chart went to medical records. when I tried to defend myself and told the manager that we should look at his chart to see everything I documented on the flow sheet, all she could say was that the chart was now in medical records and that we were not going to look at my documentation because it was not necessary. It was one big mess. I was cited for that and written up. Another patient who had been admitted during the night needed her meds but the intern took forever to write the orders, even though I called the intern 3 times and asked him to put orders in the computer. After he finally entered the orders, I was on the phone with pharmacy several times and was told they would be sent up asap. The patients caregiver from home complained about me and said that I did not try to get her meds to her on time.The intern even came back and apologized to the patient about putting in the orders late. However I was again targeted even though I did everything to expedite things. All I can say is cover your butt no matter what. Now I need a job
    due to finances (I was the main breadwinner). And because of my age, I cant find any and I am too expensive/over qualified. A word of advice for all you newbies to this profession. Do not tell anyone if you make a mistake that is non life threatening. and if at any point they decide they don’t like you they will use it against you. Always cover your butt no matter what. Also nurses can be very nasty to one another because the job is so stressful, & and if you are not in the right clique. I loved my job but I hated all the politics which were present 24/7. Part of this is because this is one of the best hospitls in the country and if a patient complained about you, even if it was not true, you got blamed.. The manager always needs to blame someone since they also have to cover their butt. Its sad but true. So don’t trust any of the nurses until you have been there for quite some time, and even then, you just don’t know about people. I am obviously an excellent nurse, have always had glowing reviews.having been there for more than 25 years. It is a cut throat business when you work in a teaching hospital. Good luck to all of you and I hope I did not burst your bubble.

  120. shannie Says:

    I graduated 9 months ago with an associate degree in nursing , I got my license by the grace of God and the intercession of St Judes. I have a fairly good career as a pharmacy technician, and have been working in one of the HHC hospitals for the past 13 years. I m 45 years old, and my biggest fear is not being hired because of my age, I applied to continue with a BS in Nursing on line and i have been asking myself is it worth it? I mean, getting caught with another loan when my hope of getting a position in a decent Hospital is less than zero. The truth is the old age is somewhat devalued in this country, although from i have witnessed, the young ones don’t really stay in this field for long,they go for something different after a while. this is mostly because some of them come into it with the idea that they will just be there doing paper works while others with lower degree will be cleaning and medicating the patients when need be; still the employers cannot get a clue, the youngsters are preferred.
    Rose is right , nursing is a lot of politics, even Nursing school has been something i cannot forget, those 20 something years old brought so much drama into the program that i felt out of place. Furthermore, working so long around the nurses i befriended a lot of them, and all you hear is complaint, all you see is drama. However, we should not be discouraged, Nursing is a vast field, if one cannot do with the hospital’s environment, there are always clinics, schools, nursing homes, house visits and even prisons. so let’s go for it girls, God will take care of us.

  121. Ann Marie Says:

    I am currently in a traditional BSN program, I am 63 years old. I am the retirement program. My husbands pension is cut by half. I believe I will find a job. I believe I will do what I want to do and I am proud of myself. I even have learning disabilitues, yet I am a senior in the BSN program. I will graduate 2016. So, am I too old? I don’t think so and neither does my school, my doctor or my classmates. There are no guarantees, there will be politics, set backs and challenges, DO IT ANYWAY. How old will I be if I don’t do it? Same age as I am doing it and I feel like my life is beginning instead of ending, like many my age.

  122. Trisha Khan Says:

    I am happy to hear I am not the only one who is 48 years young and will be returning to school to finish my masters in nursing. Thanks for writing great feed backs.

  123. Loretta Davis Says:

    I’m 55 years old and looking forward to get back in
    the lpn program, due to a physcial set back I had to
    delay my career, I hope my prayers are answer I want never give up.

  124. Dennie Says:

    I received my BSN in 1995. I took the Nclex one time and failed. I have been working in the medical field for 21 years. I am 47 years old and I really want my license. I have been reviewing nuclex practice questions. I was thinking of taking a a review course. If anyone has any suggestions I would appreciate some advise. I cannot get any further in my present job without a license. Please Help!

  125. Styllista Says:

    I feel so much better after reading these comments. I am 33 years old and I just finished all nursing prerequisites and transferable courses for BS program. Except one, English course. English has been my biggest obstacle to go on the next path. I applied nursing program for fall 2016 and taking my last english comp course, but I realize that I am still having trouble with grammars. I thought to skip nursing and study english for another years to fluent my language skill, so I can take it that last critical thinking english course. Also at the same time I don’t want to wait another year to be in nursing program because I’ve been going to community college for 3 years and I really want to be in the program… I’m so stress and having a dilemma with the decision. I don’t to skip nursing because I feel like I’ll be to old by next year (34), but I need to skip nursing so I can study English… Any comment, I really appreciated… Thank you.. And to all elder nurses out there, you all rocks! I’m so proud of you… Best,


  126. Elaina Behm Says:

    I am 57, soon to be 58, and am contemplating fulfilling a life long dream of becoming a nurse. I have to become a CNA as a prerequisite for entry into the LPN program, which is where I wish to go. I was thinking in terms of energy level, etc. because I will not graduate until after 60. However, I would be helpful in the mental health field, as I can relate to others that struggle with these issures. So I would have more options as far as how strenuous the physical part of the job would be. Any insight or comments appreciated.

  127. Sandra Says:

    I have an AD in Nursing in which i obtained in 1984. Had taken the nclex several times, but could never seemed to pass it, decided to give up on nursing and went back to school to get a Bachelors degree in Behavior Science and recently got my Masters in Human Services Counseling. Worked in the medical field and with Social Services, but my heart wasn’t there, so now i am taking a review/refresher course in which covers nursing theory and clinicals being taught one on one with an experienced nursing educator, I am going to pass this time. And will be a 55 year old nurse. Better late than never !!!

  128. John Calhoun Says:

    I’m 44, and I have learning disabilities. I’m now getting ready to enroll into college to become a Nurse. people shouldn’t allow a disability to stop them, from achieving any goal in life.
    God Bless You All.

  129. sibongile Says:

    im 42 yrs and want to be nurse .what can i do pls help me.

  130. Bearsybear Says:

    I quit after one year at a 2 year associates program…..two older stepchildren got married, a teenage son had a surgery that required lots of after care and I just couldn’t handle the stress of school…now I found I can continue where I left off…one year to go for associates RN and graduating at 55…..I have a son with special needs and once he is home my full attention is required….I am agonizing over the decision. ..the academics is not bad for me…it is the skills I lack confidence in…I know I need to make this decision on my own….but can’t seem to do it….any thoughts?

  131. Heather Fraser Says:

    SO relieved to have found this site.
    I actually just typed into google,
    “I’m 42 and starting college to get my ARNP-C license. Am I too old?” Thank you to all the positive posters- I love that there is all this support!

  132. Sheila Says:

    I have read through all of the comments, and I agree with many…I have my BSN and have been in nursing for over 25 years. I am now 62 and I think I may get my FNP. I work on a very labor intensive area, labor and delivery. I have been in management and I have years of experience in maternal child health. I know there are many who will ask why I want to,pursue this at my age. I feel that education at any level is beneficial, I agree that the $$ I will put out for my education will be significant, but I work for the government and will be reimbursed. I don’t plan on retiring for @8 years, I am in good health and I would encourage anyone who is able to pursue an advanced degree !

  133. Marsha Johnson Says:

    I am 57, will be 58 this October. I’ve been laughed at, actually told that “I’m almost 60 and I need to consider that I’m too old to become a phlebotomist! I’ve been talked about so much, I really don’t care what others think! Like a person posted on here that I read a while back, as long as I’m breathing and have my health and strength and have the passion and compassion that I have for helping people, I will not let anyone tell me different!

  134. Lorraine Says:

    I am 57 and have been toying with the idea to become an RN for a few years. I will need to complete college pre-reqs before attempting to get in to the nursing program at our local state college. By the time I graduate I will be 60-ish? Scary, makes me wonder if any one would actually hire me…have been a server for 40 years and still run circles around my much younger coworkers! In my mind I am only 21, but will the world see me like that? Thanks for all the encouraging words in the above posts!

  135. Marline Says:

    I just graduated with a Bachelors in Psychology at age 52. I am contemplating nursing school and already took some of the gruelling anatomy prereq’s. I am really afraid. Can I make it through nursing school? Then, will I get a job. I brought up 3 kids, started college at age 41, cleaned houses for a living during the same time. Will they need a 55-56 yo nurse who is just starting?

  136. Princess Says:

    Age is nothing more than a number. So consider yourself number 1, God’s best, his first choice and get about your business. I too have worked for 19 years as a LPN and have always desired to return to school to become a RN. I am happy to say that I am currently heading into my 4th semester of RN school, and although it has been very tough, it has been just as rewarding. Nothing is for free and like anything in life if you want it badly enough, go out in this big ‘ole world and make your dreams a reality. You will not regret chasing your dreams!!!!!!! Tell God about it, stay in heavy prayer and watch him work it all out in your favor. Bye for now and good luck, rather blessings!!!!!!!!!!!!

  137. Julia Stone Says:

    I graduated with AAS in nursing in May at age 57, got my license in June. Many apps and twelve interviews later…still no job. The interviews went well, I have been through enough of them in my lifetime to know this. Still, no offers yet. I am getting a little depressed.

  138. Kristine Says:

    I’m 59 this year in my first jursing job. I worked as an assistant nurse for a year before i started studying to see if i could physically handle the pace. I loved this work. Working as an RN I find hard, really hard some weeks – and wonder if there’s truth in the saying you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. I have to un-learn old work habits as well as learn new ones. However- I thinks its normal to struggle in the first year!! No way will I give up -my only regret is that I didn’t do this years ago! So go for it – a small bonus is that my patients assume my greying hair means I know heaps!!

  139. Costa Says:

    I was thinking about going for the accelerated BSN program because I have a BS in Computer Science, and have worked in IT for years. I am 50 years old, and I thought that i might be able to pull it off, but the question is will i be able to find work in California with no experience and being over 50 years old?
    If anyone has any information it would be greatly appreciated.

  140. Jules Says:

    I am 61 years old and looking into to doing the RN to BSN online. I have just learned that I have at least 1 year of pre-requisites to complete before I can enroll in the RN-BSN courses. I have been working as an RN for nearly 40 years, and love it. The biggest obstacle at this age is age discrimination- they won’t call it that, but experience and skills seem to count less than how old one is and. There are plenty of RN jobs out there however, and I have no plans to retire- I am healthy and fit and very active- the biggest reason I’m procrastinating is the cost of school at this point in my life.

  141. Jenny Says:

    Thank you to all the encouraging persons who don’t discriminate. I am 57 and oases my NCLEX PN two years ago. Nursing school for me lasted forever. I started in my 20s, lost my mother, father and fiancee. Disconnected it by 25 to work for the gov for 18.5 years. While there started again. With a job, child and a much-dreaded commute, I was not successful in two RN programs. Almost finished one with 6 weeks to go. Encountered something totally unfair in this program but I will keep silent. After this encounter as a 48 year old without a degree and resignation from my good job to be better in studies, I had neither. Believing in God, I was pointed to pursue my dream in a different direction. I had been introduced to nursing since 18 when my mother had a massive stroke. I could not understand that someone like me who nursed her for 3.5 years so well could be rewarded so negatively. From insulin, tube feedings, hygiene, etc. I never had a CNA course, just observed the home-health nurses in the 1970s. Before glucometers, I mastered giving insulin. So, I went on to use the pre-requisites for an English degree in 2008 since I couldn’t graduate in nursing. In 2010 I became a grandmother x2. Again, all roads led me back to nursing. It hurt me that my instructor couldn’t see the good in me because she.had tunnel vision. So this time, I took a route to rebuild myself. I started from the bottom to ensure success. First residential counselor to use my CMT to practice medication administration using a nursing MAR for 2.5 years. Then a GNA for 4.5 years. While a GNA, I worked nights and attended 5-9pm classes for 15 months for LPN certification. After completing it, I studied over 8,000 questions using every book I could, reviewand studied the DVDs the students reviewed when they didn’t pass the NCLEX the first time. I made it taking my time to test the first. time. It took me a month to look at my score. I knew if I had not passed I would have been severely depressed. Every time in my RN studies that I would get closer and closer to my dream it was taken away. Instead of being angry and feeling God doesn’t love me because it wasn’t given to me when I was in my 20, 30s 40s etc., I look at it as a time when I’m the wisest and the best to bless others with my wisdom, patience and experiences of life. Not just popping pills but taking time to be there for those who needs genuinely, good nursing like that of the General Hospital days. If I could only share it all, the disappointments and hurtful times you all would not believe I still want nursing in my life. Believe it or not, I struggled being a first-generation college graduate. Yet, I will go back for my RN. MY story entails this “Don’t ever let anyone stop you or take away your sparkle.”. Be it another classmate, younger co-worker or supervisor. It happens but you have to live your life and fulfill your purpose. In my Creator, there is no age. Man draws those dimensions. I am a classic like See See. The nurse who retired at 92 last year. At 85, her supervisor encouraged her to work on. My margins are set by God and I will walk within them. I am asked lately by family when will I retire. That’s my plan for me. I’m well and enjoy being 57, able to do ME.

  142. April owens Says:

    I am an RN. I have been working as an
    RN since 1969. Trauma Nursing is
    My love. I worked in the best and
    Largest trauma centers in Medical
    Center of Houston Texas. At 70 years
    Of age I am extremely knowledgeable.
    And very quick. Saving a life is such
    An ego trip. But shifts have increased
    From 8 hours to 12 hours. No breaks
    For nurses working major ERs. The
    Hospitals try but with staffing issues
    And amount of medical issues
    Car accidents, strokes, gunshot
    Wounds, etc. amount of these issues
    Are increasing due to population
    Increase in Houston ( Harris county)
    Area. 70 year old nurses are required to
    Retire here in Houston, younger less
    Experienced, lower pay is the name of
    The game here. The calm demeanor,
    Knowledge,patience,kindness, that the older
    Nurse possesses in the midst of
    Chaos, is not there with younger less
    Experienced nurses. Massachusetts
    Hospitals appreciate their prized
    Older Nurses . They are asking them
    To stay because they believe they
    Are very valuable. They are offering them
    4, 6, 8 shifts to keep them. So it
    Depends what part of the United States
    You plan to work. Do your due diligence
    When you graduate. You want to
    Place yourself in a State that appreciates
    The Special Person you are . Care giving
    Is a special gift , love for one another
    In sickness especially. 12 hour shifts
    For single mothers is also a disadvantage.
    So do your due diligence my Dear Ones.
    All my love to you.

  143. coleen Says:

    i am 59 y.o. i have 1 more semester to go. i want to specialize in mental health. i am not looking to get rich; just be able to pay my bills and use my wisdom, maturity, and experience to help people on their journey to health and wholeness. the fact that i do not want to work in a traditional hospital setting (i think) helps the availability of nursing work for my age. i do appreciate reading these encouraging comments ’cause i still struggle with fears of age discrimination and not getting a job.

  144. Judith Says:

    I have been thinking about this and have read notes. Is there a chance for someone who is very bad in math? I am .I want to go for it but the block on math .Any advice.(I turned 47 ).

  145. Robin Says:

    This post has been going for awhile, and is so encouraging! I just read every single one, and you all should be so proud!! (with the exception of a couple of snarky comments; always a few in the bunch, lol).

    I went back to school in 2015 at age 48,a week after my best friend suddenly passed away. She was like a sister to me, so I almost dropped my classes, but I didn’t. I was taking my pre reqs, and had a 3.8. It didn’t come easy, but I did it! I was close to applying for the nursing program when my husband lost his job, so we had to move.

    Now, here I am, turning 50 at the end of the month, and looking at school again. I’m incredibly nervous to try this again, and feel like I’ve forgotten so much of what I learned, but I really feel like I can do this – and that this is truly what I’m supposed to do.

    As encouraging as the posts have been, what has been your story now that many of you have graduated? Was it tough finding work as an older graduate? I’m excited about the prospect of becoming a nurse, but don’t want to regret my decision if I can’t find a job. I’m a very nurturing person, I’ve worked with infants for many years, and hope to find a job where I can work either in L&D or home care. Just curious how things have worked out for you ๐Ÿ™‚

  146. Susan Says:

    Hello – I just wanted to reply to Judith re: math – I initially went to college for elementary education and hated it. I’d wanted to go into nursing but my guidance counselor said that wouldn’t be a good match for me due to the math issue. I eventually did go to nursing school @ 30yrs and did struggle with the math. I had tutors, I practiced, I spent many hours learning “desire over have”, etc. I would definitely say to go for it. But you will definitely have to work harder than those who don’t have issues w/math. By the way, I’ve been a nurse for 21 years and still love it.

  147. rondodondo Says:

    So lets hear from all the 50/60 somethings about how
    your new career is going. Lots of people on here that were “going for it” but no follow up posts. Is nursing all that you thought it would be? Are you thrilled to be working nights, holidays and weekends? Are you thrilled with staffing ratios? Lastly are you thrilled to be completely overlooked by the physicians until you call then with some “concern” only to be reamed out? P.S. I love posters that single out “snarky” comments just because they don’t fit into their perception of what the real nursing world is like……

  148. Sunshine Says:

    I have read all the comments good and bad. What I am asking is should I give it up and let it be a dream because I am not looking to go back on the floor. I am a female veteran nurse. I use to work in the OR and medavac field pad. I also work with the pathologist with morgue. My love has always been in forensic nursing or the burn unit. I intend to stay with the military hospitals this way I don’t have to put up with the unnecessary back biting and bullying I say working in the civilian hospitals upon my discharge. I run 10-15 miles per day, lift weights use to train to compete, have had back surg x2, some arthritic changes. My prob is that when I hear nurses bring home stuff to work, or stand around and chat, plus I have a problem with someone putting me down because I’m older and they weigh 350lbs+++. I think morbid nurses are more of a health hazard then someone older. So I am still strict and military to the bone. I just want to work with a small group of people. Or should I give this Dream a cloud thought to float away. HELP

  149. Eunice Oni Says:

    Thank God I found this site, I’m a Registered Nurse working in Nigeria but I lost my husband who was also a medical Dr. I’m 49 and will soon be leaving for the phillipines to earn my BSN and I’m much motivated here I’m so excited about going to school. I know I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I must make it.

  150. Happyrn Says:

    This is for April owens the RN in houston. That is where i am now as i thought there would be more opportunity here but thank you for pointing out about they want nurses to retire here when they are 70. So there is major age discrimination here and so that is another reason why i cant get a job here

  151. Casey Says:

    What do you think?
    Adult NP age 68
    Have never been certified and not eligible to take exam as Adult NP exam no longer available
    Would have to take 2-3 more courses and 750 clinical hours for Adult-Gerontology NP Certificate
    Then will be able to take Adult-Gerontology exam
    Am I too old?
    I Love being an NP

  152. moe Says:

    I am 58 yrs.old, I have an MBA in healthcare administration, a BSN, a B.S. in Economics and another BS in BAnking and finance. Am I too old to go to NP program in Fall 2019?

  153. Jay Jay Says:

    Mom of 4. Ages 17,11,3,1..
    Im 41 and start Associate RN school in 3 weeks. I currently have an associate degree but want to be an RN. My dream since 18. Math held me back when i got a d in algebra i dropped out. I signed up two years ago when daughter was 1 but daycare wasnt an option so i pulled back again. Now my son is 1 and im not giving up this time. Ive been an Emt for 10 years. Please say a prayer for me! Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ <3

  154. Brenda Says:

    Like my friend told me when I doubted going to nursing school because of my age (54), “You’re going to be 57 anyway”!

  155. Tommie Says:

    Iโ€™m not nuts, Iโ€™m just asking. Iโ€™m 63, not ready to retire from hospice nursing. Does anyone think itโ€™s worth it to pursue my RN to BSN? I would think I could do it for free at my age, and due to upcoming nursing shortage. However, no luck with that. This is my second career, finished RN at 50, but donโ€™t want debt. My employer offers NO tuition reimbursement. Is it worth it?

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