Much Older People Going Into Nursing - page 2

by MissMaryMack12 | 9,019 Views | 82 Comments

iread the forums and see alot of really older people who are like 45, 50, nearly 60 talking about taking pre reqs to be a nurse. If you are that old, you only have about what 10 years left to work or less for those who are older.... Read More


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    Wow, 45 is an "older person". I am pretty sure that I and any number of other "older persons" around here would run rings around many, possibly even most, of the younger folks.:angryfire
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    Quote from MissMaryMack12
    iread the forums and see alot of really older people who are like 45, 50, nearly 60 talking about taking pre reqs to be a nurse. If you are that old, you only have about what 10 years left to work or less for those who are older. Why chose such a physically demanding profession when you are in your twilight years? nursing needs people who are young and still in their prime. Thats just how i feel. When I"m 50, I want to be retired, planting flowers, and relaxing looking after my grandkids. Not on the floor looking after sick people with crazy demands.
    I would love to be retired at 50 but unfortunately the magic wish fairy is a bit busy, and I actually have to work to....ohhhh pay bills, buy food, buy clothes for those grandchildren that I am enjoying, and pay for heat.

    And while nursing needs "young people" it also needs people dedicated and equipped to handle the job. Sometimes those people are young and sometimes they are older. Quite frankly, many of the younger ones are too busy giving birth to children, that it is often the older nurses taking the heavy weight, the family unfriendly shifts, etc.

    Sign me, Carolina....single and probably working until she dies, given the state of the economy.
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    Retired at 50? Uh, good luck with that - because the only way to do it is marry rich or win the lotto. And most people don't end up in either of those "easy-street" situations. Most of us can, will, and want to be a nurse and work as one for as long as we can.
    Last edit by tnbutterfly on Dec 27, '09 : Reason: Terms of Service
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    Quote from HaikuCatLady
    Retired at 50? Uh, good luck with that - because the only way to do it is marry rich or win the lotto. And most people don't end up in either of those "easy-street" situations. Most of us can, will, and want to be a nurse and work as one for as long as we can.
    Well in all fairness, my Dad retired at 50. Well technically 49. He was born in March 57 and retired in June 2006. He is neither rich or won the lottery, just has spent the last 20 years of his life living smart when it comes to finances having minimal debt and since he served for 30 years and retired as a Command Master Chief he still gets a part of his pay each month, although he did lose housing expenses and stuff the military allotted him. Anyway, my point is, it can be done, it's just not always for everyone.
    Last edit by tnbutterfly on Dec 27, '09
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    I have no plans on retiring at 50, 60 or even 65 for that matter. I want to work til my mind and body tell me its time to take a break. As long as I my mind is clear and sound and my body isnt failing my physically, I'll be on the floor helping my patients.
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    Quote from MissMaryMack12
    iread the forums and see alot of really older people who are like 45, 50, nearly 60 talking about taking pre reqs to be a nurse. If you are that old, you only have about what 10 years left to work or less for those who are older. Why chose such a physically demanding profession when you are in your twilight years? nursing needs people who are young and still in their prime. Thats just how i feel. When I"m 50, I want to be retired, planting flowers, and relaxing looking after my grandkids. Not on the floor looking after sick people with crazy demands.
    I was just wondering do you have children now? Because you want to be retired and relaxing looking after grandchildren when you are 50. If you don't have children now or soon I don't think that will work for you unless you think that your children will bring you grandchildren when they are just out of high school. I think that is great for you if you think that you can retire and have it all by the time you are 50 although I think that it is a little unrealistic. I certainly do not want to label you as you have labeled those of us who are older. But I think you labeled yourself by this post. You are young and not quite wise yet. ( life experience brings a certain amount of understanding that does not come with being young and starting out) Bring this post up again when you are our age and I will bet you sing a different tune.
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    lord help me if I am a grandma at 50.
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    Quote from melmarie23
    lord help me if I am a grandma at 50.
    My mom is 46 and has 6 grandchildren, the oldest is 13 and youngest 2. Four of them were provided by me LOL Don't do the math on that. Well she is my step mom, my Bio mom is 48 and my dad is 52.

    I made my parents grandparents by age 39 and 33 :stone
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    If someone can pass nursing school, the NCLEX and become a good nurse, who cares if they are 19 or 91??? Seriously, what business is it of anyones how old someone is when they choose nursing (or any other profession?) I think this is a serious case of MYOB (mind your own business!!!)
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    I'm 56 and will be finishing my ASN in July of 2010. I plan to immediately start my prereqs for a BSN program. I always wanted to be a nurse and it just happened that this was my time. I really don't care if I can only work 10 years as a nurse. I hope to get my BSN and maybe even my MSN, and use those degrees to serve in areas that won't be as physically grueling on me. I can see myself as a parsih nurse in a church, as an instructor, or maybe even working in research. I don't think of myself as being in my twilight years at all. I think age is all in your attitude.


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