TOo old?

  1. Hello everyone. My name is Kim. I am 40 years old and I think my kids are old enough now to where I want to go back to work. I will be starting CNA classes next month and I am just wondering am I really too old to be starting a career
    Thank you
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  3. by   loriangel14
    No. 40 isn't too old. Best of luck.
  4. by   davi000
    it is fine never too late. as long as you physically fit to work as CNA to lift heavy pts
  5. by   esand
    I worked with women over 50. You're not too old, don't worry. Just, as the poster above said, make sure you're physically able to do the job.
  6. by   yankeegirl327
    I turned 40 and became a CNA last year. I recently obtained my Home Health Certification also. It's never too late to begin a new career, and what's nice us that CNA training is short enough that you can start something new in a relatively short amount if time. I agree that it is a physically demanding job, so I made sure that I was in excellent physical shape before I started. I started running and following a healthy eating and exercise plan. It definitely helped me to meet the physical demands of this job. Good luck!
  7. by   WannaBNursey
    I've worked with women who were well past retirement age. Yes, you can definitely do it at 40. If you're concerned about the physical toll it may take, I suggest, as one of the above posters suggested, that you go into Home Health. Home Health was my first job, and I loved it, though it is difficult to make a real salary in home health unless you work for 2 agencies or if there is a shortage of home health agencies and work for the only one in the area! Good luck to you!
  8. by   Jaynie_Marie
    I recently had a resident in my LTC facility who worked as a CNA (at different facility) until she was in her upper 70s. Also, where I did my clinicals there was a CNA who was well past retirement age, but yet the other, younger aides had a hard time keeping up with her! When I was on her unit she was always wearing a shirt that said 'Not A Resident.' So unless there is a physical/mental reason you would be unable to do the job, I think you'll do great at it!
  9. by   Scarlo
    40 is not too old! Go for it!
  10. by   gcmrn
    You're never too old. I got my CNA license in 2000 at the ge of 38, and started nursing school in 2007, and now I am a RN. So as you can see you are never too old to go after your dreams. Good luck to you.
  11. by   gcmrn
    You're never too old. I got my CNA license in 2000 at the age of 39. I then enrolled in nursing school in 2006, and obtained by nursing license in 2010 at the age of 49. Never give up on your dreams. Good luck to you.
  12. by   Okie36
    I am 36 and finally in nursing school....I am a much better student now than I ever was in my 20's...good luck!
  13. by   Cathylady
    I've been a teacher for 30 years and am enrolled in The Red Cross CNA program this summer. Instead of retiring from teaching I'm going to pick up a summer job as a CNA at our local Catholic hospital! I'm 59 years old.

    I can't wait to do what I've always wanted to do and that is somehow in some capacity help patients get better!

    I'm so excited.

    All the best to you.
  14. by   CNAMichelleC
    I'm 43 and I've been a CNA for 6 months. I go home physically exhausted most nights but then my 20 year old co-workers do too