What age is "too old" to switch from RN to APRN? What age is "too old" to switch from RN to APRN? | allnurses

What age is "too old" to switch from RN to APRN?

  1. 1 Hi all. I'm early 40's, been a nurse for awhile -- almost all of it critical care. My plan was always to return to school for my masters so I could retire out of a physically-less-demanding but intellectually stimulating hands-on patient care role.

    I've recently landed a critical care "dream job". I'm super stoked about all the professional growth this opportunity affords as it's in a new specialty for me with lots of new learning curves. I know I could stay busy learning this new specialty and working on new certifications, and just enjoying the work for awhile. I like the flexibility, the 12 hour shifts, the pay, the challenge.... its all good.

    But it's very stressful and very physical and I'm not getting any younger. So I keep thinking about advanced practice and wonder how long I have to pursue that route. While I had planned to work and go to school at the same time, I'd like to put school on the back-burner for awhile and get into a groove with this new job and just be able to focus on it.

    But how long is too long for me to put off school? How old is "too old" to become an NP?
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  2. 24 Comments

  3. Visit  MrChicagoRN profile page
    #1 3
    Oh please. 40's is nothing. Some enter in their 50s & 60s.

    If you work do it for 10 years to justify the time and money invested...Go for it!
  4. Visit  BCgradnurse profile page
    #2 4
    I went back in my mid 40s....
  5. Visit  traumaRUs profile page
    #3 5
    Me too - became APRN at 47, now at uh...mid-late 50's, don't regret it one bit....
  6. Visit  WKShadowRN profile page
    #4 3
    Ha, and I was among the oldest in my classes. I turned 40 Sunday past.
  7. Visit  BostonFNP profile page
    #5 7
    Two people in their 60s in my graduating class.
  8. Visit  OllieW profile page
    #6 4
    If the schools and boards do not put an age limit why should you. Life is too short to make excuses that only have you wondering later what if.. if this is something you want, go for it!
  9. Visit  Jules A profile page
    #7 1
    Quote from OllieW
    If the schools and boards do not put an age limit why should you.
    Yikes that is like saying that just because someone has passed boards and have an active license they are competent to practice. I wish it were true but disagree in some cases. Unfortunately I have seen many skilled providers continue to practice when they were no longer competent due to the natural aging process. My personal opinion is our profession as well as physicians should have some age related requirements similar to airline pilots however in the case of this OP not even close to relevant.
  10. Visit  Rocknurse profile page
    #8 5
    I turn 50 in one month. I graduate next year as an AGACNP-BC.
  11. Visit  BCgradnurse profile page
    #9 10
    The sharpest and most competent NP I know just turned 80. She obtained 2 PhDs in her 40s, teaches full time, and moonlights a few weekends/evenings a month. She has more energy and smarts than pretty much anyone I know. Age is just a number....
  12. Visit  nurse8019 profile page
    #10 3
    Quote from Rocknurse
    I turn 50 in one month. I graduate next year as an AGACNP-BC.
    Now, THAT'S what I'm talking about-you go, girl! ☻ Great accomplishment!
  13. Visit  Rocknurse profile page
    #11 4
    Quote from nurse8019
    Now, THAT'S what I'm talking about-you go, girl! ☻ Great accomplishment!
    Ha! Thanks. It seemed like a great idea at the time although I will admit to many mornings waking up and thinking what the heck have I done? However, I know I will have to continue working for many years so I might as well keep going.
  14. Visit  WestCoastSunRN profile page
    #12 3
    Thanks everyone for sharing and your encouragement! Reading your replies is helping me relax a little --- like it will be OK if I don't start a program in the next year. NP programs are tough to get into around here (a good thing!) -- and if I do it, I'm committed to only going to a great school. I don't even know if I'll get in for this next cohort -- but with my new job, I'm not sure I really want to start that soon anyway. It's good to know if I do get in, but don't feel it's the right time to start, that I can put it off another year or two (or more!).
    Ya'll are awesome and I really appreciate the feedback!

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