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Thinking About Starting Nursing School at age 50 - page 2

I am thinking about starting nursing school next August, if I am accepted. I have taken all the prerequisites and would like to make application in March for the class that starts in August. I will... Read More

  1. Visit  linzz profile page
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    Nursing, well, it is just not what the media portrays is to be. There is often not even enough time to properly care for people at all. Just this alone, leaves a nurse to feel like a machine some days. This was one part of the reality that shocked me when I started.

    Another reality is that nursing is really hard on your body, I never used to ache, now I ache every day and I am 42 with no health problems and no arthritis but I still find the work very stressful and tiring. I don't work full time and I never want to have to as long all goes well. The crappy reality is I had tons of energy in my twenties and thirties but, not now.

    The last reality is that there are some wonderful people in this field but there are just as many people that are happy to throw you under the bus, just like any other work place. When I started, I was surprised at just how cut throat this field makes nurses, due to job cuts and destructive politics.

    If I could do my life over, I would not have become a nurse.
    Last edit by linzz on Oct 16, '09
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  2. Visit  dreamer19 profile page
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    I am 43 and am considering nursing school because I am feeling unfulfilled in my current career, but I would NEVER quit my job in order to go to school. My job is my safety net so I plan to get my ADN by taking classes at night and will take my time. If I get a job as a nurse someday then great, but if I don't, at least I can say I'm an RN and I'll have more knowledge than most people about healthcare. BTW, not all nurses work in a hospital so I'm not sure why so many people are posting as if that is the only option. That's not what I plan to do when I finish school.
  3. Visit  linzz profile page
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    Quote from dreamer19
    I am 43 and am considering nursing school because I am feeling unfulfilled in my current career, but I would NEVER quit my job in order to go to school. My job is my safety net so I plan to get my ADN by taking classes at night and will take my time. If I get a job as a nurse someday then great, but if I don't, at least I can say I'm an RN and I'll have more knowledge than most people about healthcare. BTW, not all nurses work in a hospital so I'm not sure why so many people are posting as if that is the only option. That's not what I plan to do when I finish school.
    The reason people are only posting about hospital nursing is because in order to gain good nursing judgment and assessment skills, and to be able to qualify for jobs with a lighter load, you need this floor experience. You will be competing with many other nurses who do have this experience. In nursing, solid clinical experience is a real must in order to provide safe care and to keep your licence free of any disciplinary actions.
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  4. Visit  bowser301 profile page
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    i think you should really do it. my mom started around 50 something too. and i think shes more responsible for the well being of the patients in contrast to the younger nurses who seem to live for the moment. now im not overgeneralizing things but such is what ive noticed.

    anyway i dont know about getting a job tho. good thing i have a backup degree cause i heard getting a nursing job is pretty brutal nowadays. but it is practical as you can use it in ur daily life (take care of a loved one, etc).
  5. Visit  Mulan profile page
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    I'd retire first.
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  6. Visit  smileyperson profile page
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    Well, soon you will be 60, then 70, 80, and eventually you will be dead.

    Do it now if it's something you want to do. Put together your plan and execute on it.

    I have several people in my class who are in their 40-60's. I'm 34 and some people told me I was too old to switch careers. Don't listen to naysayers. Do what you want with your life.
  7. Visit  NurseHotFlash profile page
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    I started nursing school at age 52. I graduated in August and still not having any luck with a job. I don't think age is as much of a problem as finances. Before I started nursing school I retired, with health insurance, which is a REALLY big deal. There is no way you should go without health insurance, especially if you are going to nursing school. It is extremely stressful most of the time. Also, you must be sure you can handle it financially. I spent most of my after tax savings getting to this point. I still have my retirement, but accessing it before age 59.5 can be VERY expensive. Six years may seem like forever, but if I were you, I would hang in there.
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  8. Visit  nuadvtur4oldjulie profile page
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    Hi I just graduated ADN May 2009 and I'm 48 soon to be 49. I say go for it! If you have the resources to stop working for 2=3 years and dedicate yourself to lots of hard work. And there seems to be at least one soul crushing Clinical instructor bent on washing you out but persevere. But in the end when you are an RN you dont have to be a bedside side nurse. New grad jobs are hard to come by now but things may be different when you graduate. Good luck. Peace
  9. Visit  silentRN profile page
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    Be an ICU nurse. It's easier on your body.
  10. Visit  laa-te-dah,lpn profile page
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    Go for it. I was 47 , I had more time to study since the kids are grown and out of the house. I have been a nurse for 2 years and I am thinking about furthering my career.
  11. Visit  Fiona59 profile page
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    Quote from laa-te-dah,lpn
    Go for it. I was 47 , I had more time to study since the kids are grown and out of the house. I have been a nurse for 2 years and I am thinking about furthering my career.

    So you are 77 years old????
  12. Visit  PostOpPrincess profile page
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    Go for it!!!!

    We need people with life experience, mature, established and with understanding of generational cues.

    Yay for you!!!!!!!!

    Please do it!
  13. Visit  smileyperson profile page
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    Quote from Fiona59
    So you are 77 years old????
    OH SNAP!

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