Am i to old to start

  1. Hello, i am 29 years old. I have been working in the medical finance world since i can remember. However, i am looking at taking the leap into rn. I am wondering if i am to old to embark on this journey. Any guideance would be much appreciated. Thank you
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    About chelzw

    Joined: Apr '18; Posts: 2; Likes: 4
    from MN , US

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  3. by   brownbook
    I was 28. Most of my class mates were my age.
  4. by   chelzw
    Do you happen to have any tips or pointers? I am literally starting from scratch. I am nervous about the change, but feel it will be a good one for me. I do have one thing to ask. Was there anything when you started that your stomach could NOT handle and did it change?
  5. by   AnnieNP
    You are absolutely not too old!!!! You will probably have just as many younger than you as you do older than you in your classes.
  6. by   dallasmiss
    You are not too old! In fact you will likely have a different outlook and maturity that many who went to school ages 18-22 didn't have. I work with someone who didn't go to RN school until she was in her late 50s and she is an amazing nurse. A woman in my NP class is in her 60s. It's never too late to make a decision that will make you happy. If you don't go back to school you may look back on that decision with regret!
  7. by   TruvyNurse
    Not too old at all! I know a lot who go back in their 30 and 40s. Go for it!
  8. by   The Incredible Nurse
    You are still a spring chicken. I graduated from nursing school at 27 but many of my classmates were in their late 30's to mid 40's. You are never too old.
  9. by   not.done.yet
    I graduated nursing school at age 41 with my ASN. I am now 47 and have my MSN. No, you aren't too old.
  10. by   OldDude
    Forget it, you're too old. You're stuck with what you're doing now for the rest of your life so put your head back into that number crunching because that's all you'll ever know and live.

    HaHaHaHa...too old!! Get outta here!! I graduated from nursing school at the tender, innocent, age of 42; from an industrial construction background...pipefitting.
  11. by   Lucydog14
    I was 38 when I started. My oldest classmate was 55.
  12. by   brownbook
    Quote from chelzw
    Do you happen to have any tips or pointers? I am literally starting from scratch. I am nervous about the change, but feel it will be a good one for me. I do have one thing to ask. Was there anything when you started that your stomach could NOT handle and did it change?
    No things my stomach couldn't handle. I do have a yuck factor with bloody teeth being loose. But you don't see much of that in nursing.

    Most normal human beings don't like to see or hear someone throwing up. Like maybe the first 10 seconds of dealing with it you think...blech!....but then your mind goes into the "fix it" mode, get an emesis basin, get some antiemetics, assist the patient however you can, you just deal with it.

    Do you have kids, pets, family members? You will have had to deal with some "yucky" stuff if you do.

    There are many posts on Allnurses about nurses almost or actually fainting, including me. Put fainting into the Allnurses search.
  13. by   Davey Do
    Quote from OldDude
    Forget it, you're too old.
    Yeah, I was thinking the same thing, OldDude.

    Chelzw will probably need to be assisted with her ADL's and require more nursing care than she's able to give.

    Just kidding, chelzw.

    The best to you as you go for your goal!
  14. by   Davey Do
    Quote from chelzw
    Was there anything when you started that your stomach could NOT handle and did it change?
    I have a strong stomach and as I've said before, "I can clean up poop and puke and eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich at the same time".

    But one thing still bothers me after all these years of being a nurse: If a female patient is uncomfortable with me doing a body check or performing some nursing duty where they will be exposed, I also feel uncomfortable.

    I pass it off well and try to make them feel comfortable or ask a female nurse to step in, but still- you know?

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