New Poll: Is there a right or wrong age to go into nursing - page 2

For all the nurses out there, I want to know how old you were when you first graduated from nursing school and became a nurse. My reason for this poll is because I'm 21 now and I'm only taking my... Read More

  1. by   Mkue
    i agree, there is no "right" age for nursing !!! at least i hope not. we are all unique ! speaking as a non-traditional over 40 student, i've met so many wonderful people of all different ages and it has really enriched my life.

    have a good day everyone


    marie
  2. by   nurse_bride
    I think it is important to be mature in nursing school, then you know more what you are getting into. I was 24 when i got my RN`s. I did it 100% on my own.
  3. by   Love-A-Nurse
    age is a plus in many ways. at the age of 30, i began lpn school and at the age of 31, i passed and received my lpn license and at the age of 41 i am set to start rn clinicals next month and will be 42 when it starts. go for it and all the best to you!
  4. by   BBnurse34
    I believe that there is no right age to become a nurse.
    That being said. there are some very young (20-23) nurses where I work that seem immature and can be hard to work with (calling their boyfriends every hour, avoiding needy patients, ect)
    We have a few young nurses that are great, too.
    Nurse who burn out at 30 need to change specialties.
  5. by   Dr. Kate
    How the times change.
    My Mom was 27 when she started nursing school. They weren't going to accept her because they thought she was just going to nursing school because she had been disappointed in love (forget the fact she was dirt poor and had had to work to earn the money to go to school). One of her sisters intervened, gave them a piece of her mind and well, they took her in any way.
    I was 23, with a BA and 2 years of graduate school under my belt when I started. There were 5/45 of us with baccalaureate degrees in my class--we were the nontraditional students then.
    It takes all of us to make a profession.
  6. by   t01
    There is no wrong or right time. I was 40 when I graduated from nursing school. The "advanced" age has definitely been a positive due to more life experiences. Nursing is a second career for me. I graduated from High school and headed in one direction even though nursing was my dream. Took a while and many life adventures to get me back on track but I made it and have had no regrets. I would say in my nursing class at least half the people were over 30 and some in their 50's. Good luck and go for your dreams whatever they may be.
  7. by   SusanRN2004
    I think one of the advantages of going to nursing school in my 40's is that I KNOW someone that has actually had about every disease! Makes learning easier to have that experience. Same with life span psychology...it was my easiest class because I had already lived through most of the stages! :roll :roll :roll
  8. by   RNIAM
    I graduated from nursing school at 35. But I was not the oldest in my class. The oldest was 48 year old female that was and is the abosultley best with her patients. Age does not matter in Nursing and love...:angel2: :angel2:
  9. by   micro
    When I graduated from nursing school, I was 31, but I was not the oldest in the class....the oldest in our class was around the age of 55. Age and maturity is the key. I am not discounting youth, but holding up age.
    Last edit by micro on Aug 11, '02
  10. by   lisalpn
    I just graduated this year and I am 24. I did go to college right after high school. It was and wasn't my decision. Let me explain.. I felt that I was pressured into it by my parents.. You know.. wanting to please them and for them to be proud of me. Well it didn't work out. Later after I grew up and I decided when I was ready to let school be a top priority in my life, I did it. So I think that it doesn't matter what a age a person should go into nursing, I think it should be whenever that person feels it is right. Just my opinion.
  11. by   micro
    lisalpn.........
    boy do i understand.......
    went to college right out of high school........
    into nursing.........then changed majors, well then .............
    (autobiography maybe another day)........

    so after many years later.....I started back to school knowing this time it was for me and me only.............

    and now micro goes off singing Frank's Song.........Regrets I've had a few, but then again too few to mention.........
    My Way..........

    lisalpn.........you rock.........
    it is the decision and the maturity, not the age.....either side of it.............
  12. by   adrienurse
    I think it's about attitude, not age. I went in to nursing studies after highschool -- so I'm glad I didn't wait. I admit that starting in the business as a 21 year old forced me to grow up pretty fast. It can be very daunting to be in charge of a bunch of staff members who are twice your age. It is a job that requires emotional maturity -- although this does not necessarily accompany age. Some of my favorite co-workers went into nursing late in life and they are definately suited to the work.

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