Will I be too old for nursing school? - page 5

:uhoh21: I started my pre-req's for nursing in 2004 - 2005. I took chem, A&P1, Bio, and Psych. (I had previously earned an Associates) I stopped to have another baby #3 (my last baby) and we... Read More

  1. by   littledarlings
    I am what you call a non-traditional student also. Age does not have any type of factor of me being in school. As a matter of fact, my work experiences, and life skills are all incorporated in my education. The majority of student in my class are over 30 years of age. There is a large portion over 40 years of age. This is one of the fastest growing second career jobs for many people because of the many facets of employment one can encounter. So, from one old head go for it!! This is one of the greatest decision that I have made and glad that I did it. I have one more year, December 2009 and I will receive my BSN. Thank you and good luck.
  2. by   FUTURE_RN_08
    I have one more semester left in the ADN program and being 44, I can tell you that age does not matter when it comes to going back to school. My nursing class ranges from ages 20 - 50, and I have gotten along with all ages. My daughters are ages 25, 19 and 14 and they have supported me throughout this ordeal. We are all going to age no matter what, so may as well keep learning!
  3. by   sunnysideup09
    We just had a male nursing student who was over 60 just graduate!
  4. by   ShortStackRN
    You are for SURE not too old!! I actually feel somewhat young in my class and I'm almost 27...our oldest student is 55 and she's AWESOME! I think that being a little older will actually be to your advantage...the babies in our class seem to struggle with actual patient care sometimes...and being a mother will definitely help! GOOD LUCK!!!
  5. by   cabogirl
    I came back to school at age 35. I just turned 38 last week, have a 14-year old son & was accepted into the nursing program yesterday! So - NO - you are NEVER too old for nursing school! It's been a challenging road - but so worth it!
  6. by   aswad69
    I just graduated from nursing school. LVN. I am 38 yrs old. You are never too old. The oldest in our class was 43.
  7. by   College_Mom2006
    there are so many nursing students out there that are a bit older. no biggie. just think that when we are done with nursing school, not only will we have the knowledge learned in school, but we also have life experience smarts. we are gold. i am 42 with 3 teenagers. i have been in school for eight years. i am quitting my job to finish school and my last day is this friday. i have a semester and a half of a bsn program to complete. you are never too old to go to school.
  8. by   Fiji Islands
    It is never too late to fulfill your dreams. I say go for it
  9. by   Loadbetty
    You're certainly not too old - HOWEVER - this is another question that's related to the ageism that exists but isn't typically provable...
    I graduated at 47 as a CST (certified surgical tech) - only 4 people in the class were "placed" in jobs - they were all under 30 - most under 25....the rest of us "old people" were left to fend for ourselves to the point of being denied the same clinical hours as others....again - our word against the prof's - i.e. a fight not worth fighting...

    After a 3 year wait, I have FINALLY been "invited" to start RN school which was my original goal - I like surgery, so rather than sitting around doing nothing/getting a job I knew I would quit (I was laid off after 26 yrs at the same company) I decided to get a CST with an AAS - thinking that could only help me......the question is this....

    REALISTICALLY - can I expect to be standing there in all my "bling" at graduation (I finished 3rd in class/4th in state, Phi Theta Kappa, High Honors, 4.0, Dean's List, yada yada yada) AGAIN with no one going to hire me??? I foolishly thought that if I was in the top 5-10% academically I could choose from many opportunities...yeeah right - none of it mattered - all they saw was the year of my birth....My intent was to work as a scrub while finishing RN school - that never happened - am working in a completely different industry out of necessity....the few scrubs jobs that come up once or twice a year want to pay just above minimum wage and want you to work all weekend nights....WAY too much liability in that job to work for peanuts....you'd have to have a second job to survive!!! Unfortunately, the just out of high school ones are doing it, so why should they pay??

    So that's my fear - am I going to kill myself AGAIN for another 2-3 yrs working full time - doing clinicals full time - getting the grades, etc(that's a you-know-what buster) just to not be hired because I'm "old?" Or only being offered the lowest of the low RN jobs?? (Lowest of the low is a matter of perspective - no offense meant)

    By the time I'm done I will be 52, 53....fortunately I am in good health, good physical shape, and have worked the "terrible" (3rd/night) shifts most of my life - none of that bothers me - I would like better hours, but I understand VERY WELL what paying my dues means - - just don't want to pay my dues AGAIN and end up with still another license in my pocket that no one will pay me to use....

    Any thoughts?????
  10. by   Deb Laf111
    I was very glad to run across this post. I am 46 and was wondering the same thing. I do not feel too old and know I can handle the work. My worry is more about "will hospitals prefer to hire the younger applicants"?
  11. by   Scooter321
    I'm in pretty much the same position as Loadbetty, age and grade-wise (but without the surgical tech qualification), and that's my biggest worry too. Will my age be a barrier to getting hired? I guess I'm an optimist, having never had a problem getting decent work before, but then again.... I wasn't in my 50s before either. It's a little scary.
  12. by   Lucky0220
    This is for the above 3 posters. PLEASE don't give up. I just graduated this past December with my RN from a 2 year ADN program and I turned 59 this past December. Had no nursing experience, but decided to go back to school. My grades were good and in my RN year I got a scholarship from one of the local hospitals. They pay a certain amount in return for each year of service you commit to. So, now that I am out, I have a job waiting for me that I start next week. Look around at the larger hospital groups in your area, most have these scholarships. My age was never a factor; they placed me in the ICU!! ...to work, not as a patient...lol So go for your dream.
  13. by   Scooter321
    Quote from jcjcan
    This is for the above 3 posters. PLEASE don't give up. I just graduated this past December with my RN from a 2 year ADN program and I turned 59 this past December. Had no nursing experience, but decided to go back to school. My grades were good and in my RN year I got a scholarship from one of the local hospitals. They pay a certain amount in return for each year of service you commit to. So, now that I am out, I have a job waiting for me that I start next week. Look around at the larger hospital groups in your area, most have these scholarships. My age was never a factor; they placed me in the ICU!! ...to work, not as a patient...lol So go for your dream.
    That's fantastic, jcjcan. Many congratulations on your recent graduation AND on landing such a terrific position straight off the bat. My hat's off to you. Thanks so much for the encouragement--it makes me feel a lot better.

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