Is 32 too old to start nursing school? - page 3

Hi all, This is my first post here...I just happened onto this site via a car message board I'm on... Anyway...I am considering becoming a nurse and wonder if I am too old to start? I'm a... Read More

  1. by   cokie
    where does your Mom work???? i want to work where only cna's do the so called scud work. at my med-surg jobs, many times we are shorted one cna by staffing leaving us only a desk clerk/cna. we rn's have to team up to clean, turn dependent patients, just like icu. last weekend another nurse and myself, neither of us who ever worked as cna's are struggling to clean up a pt. we were actually laughing about how slow we were. the people who first work as cna have an advantage, especially in nursing school, where usually one does TOTAL CARE of one's pt. as to 32 being too late, i graduated at 45 and i love it. my co workers assume that i'm an old hand and so do my pt. have a great time whatever you decide to do.
  2. by   SC RN
    Jason,

    I see that you live in San Diego ... if this is where you plan on getting your RN license, then you MUST become a CNA before you can go through classes for your ADN. This is a new rule for California ... I believe it became effective in January 2002.

    I thought I was done with my pre-req's when I found out about this little addition. I've heard some nursing students say that they have experience as EMT's or as a Medical Assistant so why would they have to get their CNA license, too? But it hasn't seemed to matter ... everyone I know has had to go through the CNA class and then take the state test before being admitted into the program.

    Be sure to go talk to a counselor where you want to do your studies. Doesn't Mesa College have nursing courses? Or is it the one up in North COunty? I may remember wrong, I haven't lived in SD for six years now.

    Good Luck! (Oh, and heck no, you're not too old! Go for it!)

    Stasia
  3. by   JasonC
    Originally posted by cokie
    where does your Mom work???? i want to work where only cna's do the so called scud work. at my med-surg jobs, many times we are shorted one cna by staffing leaving us only a desk clerk/cna. we rn's have to team up to clean, turn dependent patients, just like icu. last weekend another nurse and myself, neither of us who ever worked as cna's are struggling to clean up a pt. we were actually laughing about how slow we were. the people who first work as cna have an advantage, especially in nursing school, where usually one does TOTAL CARE of one's pt. as to 32 being too late, i graduated at 45 and i love it. my co workers assume that i'm an old hand and so do my pt. have a great time whatever you decide to do.

    Well my Mom works at a local Hospice here in San Diego as the V.P. of Clinical Services...I think she was just telling me what CNA's generally do. She has told me she has hired CNA's to do what they are suppose to do...I wasn't trying to down grade CNA's...I didn't know what they did. Now I do...which is fine with me. I have no problem doing what a CNA does.

    Jason
    Last edit by JasonC on Mar 16, '03
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    My heavens no! The oldest gal in my RN class was well into her 50s and a gramma. I was quite happy for her and she was proud, being pinned before her kids and grandkids that day. I truly admired her. The average age of the RN student rises with the age of our population in the USA. Last I read, it was 34 years old. SO NO WAY IS IT TOO LATE! GO FOR IT. look at it this way: in 4 years you will be 36. Do you want to be 36 WITH that degree or WITHOUT IT? Good luck!
  5. by   katfoster
    I've been an RN for 15 years and was over 32 when I started Nursing school.
    Last edit by katfoster on Mar 17, '03
  6. by   mario_ragucci
    Cracks me up. Lol. I am sorry you are so old Jason. Do you suffer from accelorated decrepitude? Everyone is different. I started going for nursing at 36 and at 38 I can tell you, no one gives a damn about your age and no one feels sorry for me at my over the hill age which is greater than yours. Lol.
  7. by   obeyacts2
    34 in NOT old!!!!!!!!!! In my classes (just finishing prereqs) there are numerous students that are old enough to be my parents. Example, a 55yr old female, a 52 yr old retired male cop, a 50 something local building contractor, and the list goes on. Im 34 and I feel like a kid in these classses.


    Laura
  8. by   hogan4736
    jason,

    I was 28...
    Anyway, being in ANYTHING patient related is a good start...Do what you must as far as California goes, but find a hospital that will hire you as an extern in the department that you will eventually work, at least one year before boards...They get a seasoned new nurse, cheap orientaion, and a hell of an ER tech, CNA, PCT, MA, etc...

    It's a win/win, and I wish ALL hospitals did this...It would help w/ the shortage, and increase retention...

    I worked in a peds psych facility for 9 years before nursing, got my pre required classes, convinced a DON to take a chance on me as an ER tech (takedowns/restraints on teens/preteens for 9 years is a great preparation for about anything), and started as a CNA on tele, and 3 months was in the ER (I even got an "assignment" one night when we had 3 call offs) as a tech that was eventually allowed (before graduating) to triage, lavage, start IVs, etc, WHILE getting paid as an ER tech...I passed boards, and started the next day as an RN, and hung Nipride in my first week!


    anyway, w/ the right (pre) training, you can start most anywhere in the hospital (minus cath lab and oncology) immediately after graduation...

    Oh, and I had a 55 year old (recently widowed) classmate...she waited ONE YEAR after graduation before taking (and passing) boards on the first try!

    She now works L&D
  9. by   SandyB
    I PM'd you.
    You are never too old!
    And you can go to ER as a new grad if you find the hospital willing to train you
    (some are up near me-I PM'd you two names).
    Go for it!
  10. by   Tweety
    I was 34 when I graduated nursing school.
  11. by   sixes
    Hi Jason
    Go for it. 32 and single whoa boy are ou old or what:chuckle
    I was 31 and and a single mom when I went to school. While getting my RNA I worked as a HCA which is probable the same as a CNA. I was worried that with little ones and a job I would never cut the RN course. To make a long story short graduated RNA 1991. Graduated RN 1992. I am the proud mom of 5 Teenage boys ages 12-18 and I am way over the hill at 42. I am going back to school in Sept. to take surgical and phsyc nursing. I will probable need to take a refresher course. My dream is to be a paramedic but I would never pass the physical fitness test. Although I'm going to look into it further. But being 5' and 125lbs I don't think I could manage the lifting part of the test.
    Follow your dreams and your heart.
    Good Luck
  12. by   Chiaramonte
    Jason,
    Never too old to pursue your dreams.Starting at such an "old age" will make you appreciate all you learn even more.
    There are a lot of nursing programs that geer their classes for the working/older student.
    Follow your dreams!!
  13. by   Anagray
    I didn't read all the posts, I'm sure people encouraged you to go and do it and they are right
    I also think if u like the ER, why not go and work there while u go to school?
    In the hospital where I work u have to work only 8 hours a week to be aligible for tuition assistance and scholarships.
    Working in the ER will also give you a good feel for what u will be working with as a graduate.
    What I learned being a patient care tech is helping me quite a bit in nursing school. I am certified in telemetry and phlebotomy and they pay the techs here very well also.
    Track people ( 7 p - 7 a) make up to 18$/hour.

    Go to school! I have 50something people as well as teenagers in my class.

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