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Hi all! I am 38, married, two (2) children, ages 15 and soon to be 13 (boys). I have my AAS Degree. I am currently a Corporate Paralegal. I just started doing CRNA's employment agreements three (3)... Read More

  1. by   BETSRN
    Quote from akanarn
    Hi all! I am 38, married, two (2) children, ages 15 and soon to be 13 (boys). I have my AAS Degree. I am currently a Corporate Paralegal. I just started doing CRNA's employment agreements three (3) years ago. Three (3) years ago I want to started nursing school and too be honest I was scared of "starting over". Now I am ready. I have a lot of prereqs., but I a fine with that. I start in Feb. My husband who is also my BEST FRIEND is extremely supportive and our children are amazing and supportive. I haven't mentioned it to one (1) person at work. When I am doing an employment agreement for one of the groups we represent I work directly with the Chief and President of Anesthesiology for surgical corp. He is affliated with major hospitals in my area. I know that he would be happy to know that he played a major role in regard to me wanting to become a CRNA. I haven't told him because he is one of my boss' clients. I was think about getting a job in a hospital, so that I could work until 3 or 4 the latest. Right now I have to work until 5:00pm and I cannot change my schedule not even for school. Back to my question. One (1) of my friends that I told said, that I was too old to begin and by the time I graduate with my RN degree I will be 41 at least. That is true I most likely will be 41 because I am going part-time. What do you think? I have prayed on it. God bless.
    You are NOT too old at all. In fact the older students (I was one myself at 33) in my class were always the best students: probably because we wanted to be there and we were not as timid as the younger students. Go for it!! Don't let anyone tell you that age will harm you.
  2. by   paulamac
    I will graduate in May and in June I'll be 53. I stayed home with my kids when they were little. Then I worked for the school district in administration for 17 years. Burned out and decided to try something new. I figure I may work as long as 12 years, get much better pay and enjoy totally different work. There are still some of my best friends who I know think I'm crazy. Even one of my sons, who is a mother hen, and a physical therapist (so he knows everything about the medical field) tried to gently talk me out of it. Told me it would be hard and the work is not easy, blah, blah, blah. I don't care. Many people get lazy at this age and just want to stay in their rut, working, eating, sleeping and watching tv every day till they die. I applaud you! Go for it. School, although frustrating at times, has been rewarding and I feel great about getting my degree. I am not dead yet! Don't listen to negative talk! I still pray often to ignore the nay-sayers, move forward and make a difference. You're never too old.
    Paulamac
  3. by   chomoss
    I finished my ADN at 30, that was 21 years ago. In December of 2004 I finished my RN to MSN as a Nurse Educator....I am 51!! I have been a much better student and learned so very much!! I also found that my brain had been in as much of a rut as my psychie.....the stimulation of school has been a re-birth for me!! Go for it Girl!! As long as there's still life in you, it's NEVER too late!!


    Quote from akanarn
    Hi all! I am 38, married, two (2) children, ages 15 and soon to be 13 (boys). I have my AAS Degree. I am currently a Corporate Paralegal. I just started doing CRNA's employment agreements three (3) years ago. Three (3) years ago I want to started nursing school and too be honest I was scared of "starting over". Now I am ready. I have a lot of prereqs., but I a fine with that. I start in Feb. My husband who is also my BEST FRIEND is extremely supportive and our children are amazing and supportive. I haven't mentioned it to one (1) person at work. When I am doing an employment agreement for one of the groups we represent I work directly with the Chief and President of Anesthesiology for surgical corp. He is affliated with major hospitals in my area. I know that he would be happy to know that he played a major role in regard to me wanting to become a CRNA. I haven't told him because he is one of my boss' clients. I was think about getting a job in a hospital, so that I could work until 3 or 4 the latest. Right now I have to work until 5:00pm and I cannot change my schedule not even for school. Back to my question. One (1) of my friends that I told said, that I was too old to begin and by the time I graduate with my RN degree I will be 41 at least. That is true I most likely will be 41 because I am going part-time. What do you think? I have prayed on it. God bless.
  4. by   ul239
    I changed careers some 12 year ago in order to become a CRNA. I am now 47 years old. Before becoming a nurse, I was a manager in the business world and made a very good living. It was during my first semester in graduate school for business when it dawned on me that I absolutely hated what I was doing. It was then that I decided to attend Nursing school. Fortunately for me, I am married to the most precious human being I have ever met (she's also a nurse) and she was very supportive. Unfortunately however, due to financial reasons, I was not able to pursue CRNA school until now. Is it too late? Not for me. This is a continuation of a goal (and dream) that I started sometime ago. I can't tell you how many times my stomach has ached as I've seen colleagues of mine, many of whom I've trained, going on to become CRNA's. I was always happy for them but sad for me. Anyway, financially, I'm in a good place now and I'm looking forward to meeting some of you guys and gals in CRNA school-Lord willing. I applied to one school last year, and four schools this year. Is it too late? No way. It's never too late to pursue your dreams. Good luck all.
  5. by   IBorg
    Quote from akanarn
    Hi all! I am 38, married, two (2) children, ages 15 and soon to be 13 (boys). I have my AAS Degree. I am currently a Corporate Paralegal. I just started doing CRNA's employment agreements three (3) years ago. Three (3) years ago I want to started nursing school and too be honest I was scared of "starting over". Now I am ready. I have a lot of prereqs., but I a fine with that. I start in Feb. My husband who is also my BEST FRIEND is extremely supportive and our children are amazing and supportive. I haven't mentioned it to one (1) person at work. When I am doing an employment agreement for one of the groups we represent I work directly with the Chief and President of Anesthesiology for surgical corp. He is affliated with major hospitals in my area. I know that he would be happy to know that he played a major role in regard to me wanting to become a CRNA. I haven't told him because he is one of my boss' clients. I was think about getting a job in a hospital, so that I could work until 3 or 4 the latest. Right now I have to work until 5:00pm and I cannot change my schedule not even for school. Back to my question. One (1) of my friends that I told said, that I was too old to begin and by the time I graduate with my RN degree I will be 41 at least. That is true I most likely will be 41 because I am going part-time. What do you think? I have prayed on it. God bless.
    As long as you are alive, it's never too late. Always follow your dreams. I believe that famous inventors, like Newton and others were way over 40 when they developed some thing or discoverd things that changed the history of mankind. And when you think about it, you really have another 25 yrs of working, why not so something you will love. I started my CRNA program at 41 will be 43 when I finish. I am still a young pup at heart and mind.
  6. by   scooterRN52
    Quote from akanarn
    Hi all! I am 38, married, two (2) children, ages 15 and soon to be 13 (boys). I have my AAS Degree. I am currently a Corporate Paralegal. I just started doing CRNA's employment agreements three (3) years ago. Three (3) years ago I want to started nursing school and too be honest I was scared of "starting over". Now I am ready. I have a lot of prereqs., but I a fine with that. I start in Feb. My husband who is also my BEST FRIEND is extremely supportive and our children are amazing and supportive. I haven't mentioned it to one (1) person at work. When I am doing an employment agreement for one of the groups we represent I work directly with the Chief and President of Anesthesiology for surgical corp. He is affliated with major hospitals in my area. I know that he would be happy to know that he played a major role in regard to me wanting to become a CRNA. I haven't told him because he is one of my boss' clients. I was think about getting a job in a hospital, so that I could work until 3 or 4 the latest. Right now I have to work until 5:00pm and I cannot change my schedule not even for school. Back to my question. One (1) of my friends that I told said, that I was too old to begin and by the time I graduate with my RN degree I will be 41 at least. That is true I most likely will be 41 because I am going part-time. What do you think? I have prayed on it. God bless.

    I say, Go for it!!!! I was 38 when I went to LPN school, at that time I had 36
    college credits toward my ADN degree at the community college. I finished w/ my associates degree in nursing when I was 41 years old, I wish that I stayed in school and got my masters, but I didn't, now I am 55 and the desire to go back to school is there, but taking classes and working full time
    on a stepdown unit is not easy, so I have never attained my BSN.
    Once you turn 50 your priorities in life change, I have afamily member who is a CRNA and she is happy w/ her decision. You are still young while your in
    your 30's and 40's, and you have a supportive family so you should do it,
    and be willing to work and study hard.

    Good Luck!!!!!!
  7. by   parveen Memon
    Akjanarn

    I think you canstill join nursing. its not late. go ahead and best of luck
  8. by   MFlash
    Quote from bluebirdinc
    I am 57 and will not complete my RN until I am 58. I still plan to go on and get my BSN and if possible a FNP. It has been hard for me but it is worth it. Never quit anything because of what the "norm" is. It is those of us outside of the "norm" that makes the "norn" norm. Good Luck.
    Hey Bluebirdinc

    I am happy to see there is someone out there older than I am. Thanks! <big grin> I'm 50. I am on the waiting list but I am taking the patho class now so I'm making progress. (the school fills the empty slots with people on the waiting list) I've been in the process of sitching from the finance world for two years now.

    Have a great day.
    MFlash
  9. by   DirtBikeMomma
    You are definitely not too old! My mother in law as 51 when she went back to school to become an RN. If you feel led to do this, and if you've prayed about it and feel this is where God is leading you, then go for it! I am 37 and will be almost 39 when I graduate with a BSN (Go Penn State!). I have two elementary school aged children, so childcare is a constant juggle/struggle. But like you, I am blessed to have a wonderful husband. Definitely couldn't do it without him. A word to the wise, though: prepare him for the fact that your house won't be clean again for a few years! Clinicals, readings, paperwork, classes will take priority, and heck, the dust won't be going anywhere anyway!

    Have fun, enjoy yourself! You will have a wonderful opportunity to bless others and be blessed in return.

    Best wishes!
    Michelle in PA
  10. by   Diahni
    RE:Now I am 55 and the desire to go back to school is there, but taking classes and working full time
    on a stepdown unit is not easy, so I have never attained my BSN.
    Once you turn 50 your priorities in life change.
    Good Luck!!!
    Everyone,
    While I thought school at 51 would be hard, I look around me and see how the younger students are juggling so much. One has four young kids, some have husbands out of work, and have a hard time getting the money together, and so on. With kids and a job, when is there time to study? One morning, I almost threw in the towel, and my 14 year old daughter said to me, "Remember how you told me all the best things are hard?" Don't forget you can finish your BSN online - it's worth looking into. Of course, you can't do clinicals online, but if you are already a nurse, you could do it.
    Diahni
  11. by   Pleaides
    Just do it! If you don't you will regret it later. You will certainly get older, but not neccesarily wiser unless you take that path. The old retirement age of 65 will recede until retirement is 70, 75, 80. That is a lot of years to work.
    I will graduate 01 May as an ADN (BFA, 1974) and will go on to University for a BSN. I'll be 54 on 4/17. Learning does not stop just because you hit a certain age. Don't let the naysayers, even the ones inside your head, tell you not to.
  12. by   dragon5282001
    I am just finishing nursing college I have been taking 18 credit per semester. I also am on the Deans list. I am 43 with 2 teenage boys 18 and 16. This is a career change for me. With a supportive family you should do well. Be true to yourself.



    Quote from akanarn
    Hi all! I am 38, married, two (2) children, ages 15 and soon to be 13 (boys). I have my AAS Degree. I am currently a Corporate Paralegal. I just started doing CRNA's employment agreements three (3) years ago. Three (3) years ago I want to started nursing school and too be honest I was scared of "starting over". Now I am ready. I have a lot of prereqs., but I a fine with that. I start in Feb. My husband who is also my BEST FRIEND is extremely supportive and our children are amazing and supportive. I haven't mentioned it to one (1) person at work. When I am doing an employment agreement for one of the groups we represent I work directly with the Chief and President of Anesthesiology for surgical corp. He is affliated with major hospitals in my area. I know that he would be happy to know that he played a major role in regard to me wanting to become a CRNA. I haven't told him because he is one of my boss' clients. I was think about getting a job in a hospital, so that I could work until 3 or 4 the latest. Right now I have to work until 5:00pm and I cannot change my schedule not even for school. Back to my question. One (1) of my friends that I told said, that I was too old to begin and by the time I graduate with my RN degree I will be 41 at least. That is true I most likely will be 41 because I am going part-time. What do you think? I have prayed on it. God bless.
  13. by   pappyr
    I'm 67 just got my CNA and am still working on the prerecs for nursing. Next semester when I'm in the second semester of Anatomy & Physiology I can apply for nursing school. If you think 38 is too old it is.

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