starting a nursing career at 55?? - page 2

Hi everyone--- Just wondering how many of you have come to nursing in your fifties? I'm fascinated by the idea of nursing--but would be 55 by the time I got out of nursing school--with a BSN,... Read More

  1. by   suzy253
    Go for it! I was 50 when I started nursing school---three yr program, graduated at 53, took my NCLEX and passed and have been working as an RN for almost one year and loving it.
    Never too late!
  2. by   grandee3
    Go for it! I was 49 when I graduated from LPN. I am now 60, work on a tele floor at a local hospital and also taking pre reqs for bridge program.
    I am no where close to giving up bedside nursing.
  3. by   wonderbee
    I think the question deserves a thoughtful answer. Look at your fitness level and choose a specialty appropriately. Some specialties require more physical stamina than others ie; critical care with no aids and running codes. You also have to consider your mental quickness. Some are quite fit at 55, others are not.

    Yes on nursing at 55. Just be realistic in considering your place in the nursing world.
  4. by   bill4745
    I didn't start at 55, but I returned to ICU after 10 years away, at 52. I made the transition easily, and at 53 moved to a fairly fast-paced ED and am doing well. (I am now 55). My younger co-workers say I have more energy than them, and my years of experience lead to a calm co-worker and good judgment (they say I'm great to have available when their patients crash). Go for it!!!
  5. by   deb2mirabelle
    Quote from RNKittyKat
    I think the question deserves a thoughtful answer. Look at your fitness level and choose a specialty appropriately. Some specialties require more physical stamina than others ie; critical care with no aids and running codes. You also have to consider your mental quickness. Some are quite fit at 55, others are not.

    Yes on nursing at 55. Just be realistic in considering your place in the nursing world.
    Thank-you, that is just the way I'm looking at it. going to take this summer to get fit--then start pre-reqs.
  6. by   deb2mirabelle
    Quote from bill4745
    I didn't start at 55, but I returned to ICU after 10 years away, at 52. I made the transition easily, and at 53 moved to a fairly fast-paced ED and am doing well. (I am now 55). My younger co-workers say I have more energy than them, and my years of experience lead to a calm co-worker and good judgment (they say I'm great to have available when their patients crash). Go for it!!!
    This is very encouraging---thanks for telling me a little about your transition!
  7. by   Tweety
    Good luck to you.

    A lot of it depends on your individual health, do you have a good back, good knees, good general health. There are a lot of nurses where I work in their 40s and 50s, but not many beyond. I'm not sure where they go, but it doesn't seem to be a profession where many people work until they're 65 and beyond (I work in a hospital). Of course we all can tell of story of the one nurse we know that at 70 and still running up and down the hallways.

    Not to discourage you, but realistically it's for the strong in mind, spirit and body.
  8. by   SuesquatchRN
    I got out as an LPN at 52, and am now pursuing my RN and then plan on getting the BSN then MSN to become a FNP.

    Go for it, ya old fart.

  9. by   anonymurse
    I figure when my knees start giving out, I'll do home health out in the country. Not much standing, lots of driving, no rushing around. Guess there are lots of places to go when the knees quit. Staff development, dialysis, anesthesia, offices, schools...
  10. by   HM2VikingRN
    I'll be 47 this fall when I finish my accelerated program.

    Next years class has a student in her late 50's. So I don't think that you are at all crazy for wanting to become a nurse.
  11. by   P_RN
    My dear. YOU GO FOR IT. Jump in with both feet and have a good career!!!
  12. by   wfperseus
    Here's a link from yesterday's Boston Globe about a 59 yr. old who's just become a med-surg nurse: http://www.boston.com/jobs/news/arti...areer_in_care/
  13. by   krazy_coconuts
    I'm with everyone else- DO IT!! I think one of the biggest things to fear in life is regret. If you decide not to go for it, twenty years from now you'll wonder "what if". Also, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised how many "non-traditional" students will be in your class! The best of luck to you!!

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