Is 32 too old to start nursing school? - page 4

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   Ariko
    I'm a guy, and I got my RN two months short of 55. I used to teach Physics labs to surly undergraduates at an eastern college.
    I do peds, and I love it.
  2. by   RyanRN
    If 32 was 'too old to start' then you's lose a good proportion of working nurses!
  3. by   justjenn
    Gosh, I hope not! I am turning 33 next month & will not start my real nursing classes until Aug.

    I used to feel I was too old, but when I see the other people in my general classes who are going for nursing, I do not feel so bad.

    What I find really sad is most of them have $$ signs in their eyes , that has me worried. Yes, the money is nice, but you should have your heart in it too.

    Best of luck.
  4. by   sixes
    Originally posted by justjenn
    Gosh, I hope not! I am turning 33 next month & will not start my real nursing classes until Aug.

    I used to feel I was too old, but when I see the other people in my general classes who are going for nursing, I do not feel so bad.

    What I find really sad is most of them have $$ signs in their eyes , that has me worried. Yes, the money is nice, but you should have your heart in it too.

    Best of luck.
    :chuckle I hope they aren't in it for the money. What money Here in Ontario, you start at around 17.85 and can probalbe earn 25 in 5 years and a little more after that.
    Our town garbage men make $17.00
    You have to love nursing to be a good nurse not the money
  5. by   AmyLiz
    I hope 32 isn't too old...I'll turn 33 the end of May & I'll be starting classes in 2 weeks!

    I think you should definately go for it. Here in Ohio you have to be a CNA before you begin your actual nursing classes, so I'm going to be taking that class this summer. I think Cali is the same way.

    (You could always work as an aide in an ER while you work...that would give you some additional experience)

    Good luck!
  6. by   momrn50
    Go for it Hon!!! I was 40 with 3 kids under 10 and I did it..God bless and good luck!!
  7. by   LauraF, RN
    We had a guy in our class who had just retired from being a teacher. He was 63 and one of my study partners was 58. I think I was one of the younger ones in my class at 23 years old. This was an LPN program, very short. I think if you went full time at our local community college you graduated in less then 2 years. In my current RN program you take a couple of years in pre-requisites then hit the program for 2 years. EMT might be a fun way to go, you get more insight to the ER world. But I think the training time would be equivalent to the LPN program and then you can be working as a nurse while getting your RN. Just a thought.

    Good luck. I have found that most guys are very good nurses, even though they are few.
  8. by   prenurse
    Hi Jason
    I am from Virginia and I started college at age 30. I will be 32 this summer and I am awaiting right now to see if I am accepted for the nursing program this fall. I have completed almost all of my pre-reqs. and just have the nursing classes to do. If I am lucky I will graduate in May 2005! So I will be 34 when I finish!

    So no! It is never too late. I have ladies and MEN in my A & P Class that are much older than me ---40's and 50's, so go for it and good luck!

    Don't let age be a factor in your decision to go or not! I am loving school and can't wait to get into some real nursing stuff!!

    so get you some :zzzzz now, b/c the one that I can tell you is: IT IS HARD, LOTS OF TIME CONSUMING but it is fun, and even if you don't become a nurse, you will learn new and amazing things about your body and how it works.

    Good Luck!
  9. by   Love-A-Nurse
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    no, it is not too old! much continued success to you.
  10. by   zdatny
    I was 37 when I started my Nursing course. I am approaching my 55th birthday in a few days. I am still nursing. I love what I do , and can't think of anything which would fulfill me the way Nursing does. Being an RN has enabled me to play a small part in improving the lives of some unfortunate people who found themselves in need.
  11. by   pollyevans
    Hi there go for it I am 55 and in year 2 of my nursing degree in New Zealand I hope to have some years nursing soon
    And I am enjoying every minute of study
  12. by   nursedawn67
    Heck no...it's never too late! I graduated from nursing school 3 years ago when I was 32, and I'm married and have 3 kids. I say if that's what you want....GO FOR IT!!!!
  13. by   Allison S.
    The average age of my nursing class first year was thirty. I was 32, and I think that our oldest member turned forty that year. We all did great. We had a 100% pass rate.

    As for what to do first, working as an EMT may pave the way for ER work, but when I enquired around here, I heard that you needed previous work as an RN in an ICU.

    CNA work is certainly better prep for nursing and will give you a better idea of what you are getting into. Around here, you don't really have to be certified to work as a nursing assistant. It helps if you are in nursing school, but there are jobs going unfilled, so most institutions are willing to train anyone who is willing to do the job.

    BTW, I'm married. Sorry.

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