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will age play a factor if i want to enroll in the nursing program; i am 56's?


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7 Responses to “starting nursing program middle-age”

  1. old dog new tricks Says:

    I started at 55. Go for it. I LOVE my job. We old folks bring a different attitude to the classroom and more than that, we learn about the young folks. I’m a postpartum nurse in a rural area and I love my job. School was rigorous and wonderful. Life starts at 50

  2. cathy Says:

    Age is a benefit or an asset rather than a liablity. Keeping an open mind, and using your own life experiences are always going to be able to help you.
    You’ll have more maturity and empathy than the younger students. God follow your dreams….and if it’s not nursing, follow them anyway.
    I plan to return to college in the spring,and I am now 58.
    Good health and a good immune system is important in a nursing, be sure to take care of yourself FIRST and others second. That’s a hard lesson to learn.

  3. Theresa Says:

    I began at 39. I am graduating in less than 2 months. There were a lot of older people in my class. One person was 60 and he is graduating, and looking forward to starting his third career

  4. Pamela Rock Says:

    I graduated this past June at 52. I also agree with what Cathy said.

  5. KJ Says:

    I am 45 and I am in nursing school, I passed my first test and my second test I failed, I am so crushed by this, the questions seemed so easy at first and then I realized I was tricked, all in all I am doing well however but I feel that with this second test failing after practicing over 300 questions and studing so hard I wonder if I am cut out for this type of thinking. I have always been very intellectual and lots of people think I am very smart, I got very good grades and have a BA in psychology and got a very high score on the NLN. One thing is that I get very nervous on exams I am wondering if any of you experienced gals have any words of wisdom for this fortysomething lady who is in favor of holistic medicine and wants to be a holistic nurse practitioner. They suggest styding in groups and I tried it for the first test and I passed, the second I studied alone for the most part and before the test I studied with lots of other people who were helpful but I also do well studing on my own, any suggestions would be very much appreciated. Sincerely, KJ

  6. Laura Says:

    I started at age 51 and am graduating at age 54. Go for it! But, do be prepared for nurses your age to tell you that you will never learn all that they know because they have 30 years of actual work experience. When that happens, just smile, nod your head and take comfort in the fact that you are learning current nursing knowledge and technology.

  7. Eileen Says:

    There is no age limit for education, especially if it is for something you yearn to do. When we are younger, other responsiblities may take priority. If this is the right time, go for it! Good luck!

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