i'm 52 years old and am considering pursuing an lvn route. i'd considered nursing many years ago, but was talked out of it and regret i didn't pursue this course. i'm energetic and fit as a fiddle, so to say - very athletic and love life, and love helping people. i'm also a hospice volunteer, and have done lay counseling in grief and relationships. i have experience in clerical work, accounting, and human resources, and have a b/a degree in history. i'm listing these things as a means to briefly describe my background and experiences. i'm considering the lvn route because i'd like to have more hands-on, personable experience with the patients. i want to be able to assist them both physically and emotionally.
my questions are these: would my age be a factor in "not" considering pursuing a nursing career? also, i've thought about the private school route, since i heard that there isn't a waiting period, and the pre-reqs can be completed during that time. does anyone know about american career college in ontario, ca? and what is the tution there? i have saved my money over the years, so i may be able to afford and pursue this route.
any and all information would be truly appreciated! i don't mind hearing the truth, albeit pros or cons. i just want to make sure i have as much information and viewpoints as possible before pursuing this route. thanks in advance!