Been thinking am I too old? - page 3

I will be graduating from ADN program when I am 28 and will have masters when I am 30. AM I to old for nursing. I feel old with all the 20 year old people in there. Its intimidating but I stick... Read More

  1. by   caiaccarino
    :chuckle My goodness... too old?? I'm 47 y/o and will be graduating this June from a ADN RN program. Won't be employed, probably until my 48th birthday. This is my second career also. No one is ever too old to pursue their dreams!!! Wish I would have done this sooner. Thanks for listening.

    Cindy
  2. by   Party-of-Five-NY
    I'll be 40 years old at graduation, and I am joined by about 4-5 other 40 somethings, (one is even a fifty something).

    You are NOT too old!!
  3. by   angel337
    when i read the title to your post i thought you were kidding. do you realize that you have at the least 30 more years before you can even consider retiring. everyone and their mother (literally) is in school now days. the job market is so tough and competitive that people have no choice but to get more education if they plan to keep food on the table. i just started my career as a RN after being in the healthcare field for 8 years and i consider myself young (31). i plan to go for my master's in about 3 years after i have more experience and i won't even be 35. 28 it is a good age for nursing school, you are more mature at this age and are more certain about what you want out of life. i know when i was 19 yo i barely new what college was so i say go for it. now or never.
  4. by   kar212
    Old? Who told you you were old? You're a youth! There are a lot nursing students that are over 40. Go for it!:hatparty:
  5. by   saltydad
    Age isn't the issue...effort, determination, compassion, maturity are all of much more importance. I speak as a 57 year old who is starting clinicals in 3 weeks, & has a son also in college. By your persistence in your program you have already shown the "right stuff".
    Howard
  6. by   mimo
    I firmly believe NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE!!!!! I am knocking on thirty. My mother graduated (with extremly high grades at the age of 51) 3yrs ago. She worked full time on a job during both years of her ADN program. She is not superwoman-she was simply determined to make it and she did it with style I also feel and have seen it proven that age is an asset in nursing school. You may not have the free time like others, but I would wager in saying that you have alot invested and at stake with your schooling, which boils down to studying your tail off and giving school your all. Choose your battles-this one is won. Now pat yourself on the back for getting this far (an accomplishment in itself) and surge ahead! By no means is nursing school easy for any of us, but we have the advantage of age
  7. by   Rambob
    [QUOTE=tnstudentnurse]I will be graduating from ADN program when I am 28 and will have masters when I am 30. AM I to old for nursing. I feel old with all the 20 year old people in there.


    I'm 52 and will hopefully finish ADN next semester.
    For the rest ..... you do the math !!
  8. by   z's playa
    Hey...if you can walk and talk.....you are not too old. Be proud!


    Z
    Last edit by z's playa on Jan 2, '05
  9. by   Rambob
    Quote from z's playa
    Hey...if you can walk and talk.....you are not too old. Be proud!


    Z
    How about "crawling and muttering" ????
  10. by   z's playa
    Quote from Rambob
    How about "crawling and muttering" ????
    ...ummmmm....not good. Unless it's the Saturday after your Friday night on the town! And granted you aren't working either.

    :chuckle
    Last edit by z's playa on Jan 2, '05 : Reason: after thought
  11. by   RNSuzq1
    Quote from tnstudentnurse
    I will be graduating from ADN program when I am 28 and will have masters when I am 30. AM I to old for nursing. I feel old with all the 20 year old people in there. Its intimidating but I stick through it. WHat do you think?
    I think you are too Young to realize what Old is... :chuckle I'm 43 and will be 44 when I graduate from my ADN Program. I wish I had been able to do this years ago, but I definitely don't feel too old to be a Nurse and I'm far from being the oldest one in class. We started out with 40 people in our class and as of the end of the First Semester - lost approx. 10-12 people for a variety of reasons, but (age) was not a factor.

    I thought I'd feel "ancient" in a class with 17/18 year old kids, but that's not the case at all - my classmates are all ages from all walks of life. Nursing is a Career that requires a great deal of "wisdom and maturity" - some 18 year olds are very mature for their age and some 40 year olds are not, just depends on the person.

    To be a Nurse, you must have the knowledge and ability to perform the job, but beyond that - you must be a Very Caring Person and have the want and desire to comfort and help heal the sick. No matter what age you are, if you feel the desire to do this type of work, you should follow that dream and become a Nurse. One of my Nursing Instructors is in her 80's - she recently completed her Masters in Nursing and reminded all of us that if you want it bad enough, you can do it (regardless of your age)... She's wonderful, been a Nurse for probably 60 years - I feel very fortunate to have someone with all those years of experience as a Teacher, we can certainly learn a lot from her.
  12. by   ashemson
    I just turned 35, and starting my first semester of LPN tomorrow. Will be close to 40 by the time I am done with RN. I figure I still have at least 20+ years to enjoy my career!!!
  13. by   NurseFirst
    Quote from ashemson
    I just turned 35, and starting my first semester of LPN tomorrow. Will be close to 40 by the time I am done with RN. I figure I still have at least 20+ years to enjoy my career!!!
    I'm 54, will be 56 when I graduate from RN school (God willing!). And I still haven't given up on, oh, master's programs, PA, med school...what can I say? I plan on living a long and healthy life!

    NurseFirst

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