Going back to school for LPN at age 47

  1. I have decided to change my career and have chosen to do the LPN course throught Distant Learning. I have just applied and am awaiting to see if I am accepted into the program. I will do all the courses using the internet and home study with my final practicum and workshops in the city.

    I am pretty excited about this new venture and wanted to know if anyone else out there started at my age.
    In other words, do you think I am crazy?

    Thanking you in advance for all suggestions and comments
    Last edit by Dratz on Apr 22, '06
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  2. 27 Comments

  3. by   Blackcat99
    My mom started LPN classes at age 50 and did just fine. Sounds like you have made a wise decision. Best of luck
  4. by   RN34TX
    When I graduated from LPN school I was 26 (in 1997). I was one of the youngest in my class. I graduated with people deciding to be nurses for whatever reason: I got laid off, my husband left me, etc.....
    I'm 34 now working on my BSN. (LPN was the best decision I ever made, besides going on for my RN)
  5. by   beehive8
    You're never too old to go back to school! Best of luck to you!
  6. by   jnette
    Ditto the above ! I started school for my RN at 50... graduated at 53...so you're still that little spring chicken ! :chuckle

    You'll do FINE !
  7. by   Tweety
    Good luck! ditto what everyone else said!
  8. by   suzy253
    Hi and welcome! I started nursing school in 2003 at the age of 50 so welcome to the club. You can do it!
  9. by   Old Gal
    Hi There,

    I originally took my RN years ago, graduating in 1976. There were grandmothers over 50 in my class; and they were wonderful students and did well.
    After working off and on between children, etc. I then had a 16 year hiatus from nursing. I just recently completed the refresher course and am now moving on to my BN through Athabasca.
    You can do it! While doing my clinical for the refresher in a long term care facility; I worked with a newly graduated over 50 LPN who was learning to do the daytime meds for 60 residents. It was tough the first couple of days but by the third day she was doing great.
    Let's cheer each other on!
    Good luck.
  10. by   SSTnurse2b
    I am in a similar boat as you...I am almost 40 and have finally decided what I want to do when I grow up..lol. I worked in and managed restaurants and bars for the last 20 yrs...and when the last place closed unexpectedly in October...I was "forced" to take a job as dietary supervisor in a seniors residence. I honestly didn't think I would stay because the money wasn't there..and I really didn't consider it to be my "field". 9 months later I am still at the residence...loving every minute of it. I love these people dearly..and decided a few months ago to go back to school to become a nurse. I want to stay in geriatrics. I will be going through Norquest as well as I was unable to get funding for Bow Valley College, so I can keep my job and study at my own pace. Might take me a bit longer than going straight to school...but thats ok with me. There was a reason I was put in the position I am in...and I can't wait to finish classes and be a nurse full time...no matter what my age when I am done!! Go for it...nurses of any age are needed....as long as they are caring and devoted....
  11. by   mom and nurse
    I'm 45 and just graduated from nursing school. You are not too old. In fact your life experiences will come in handy as a nurse...
  12. by   CHATSDALE
    if you have the grey matter between ears you will do fine...older students are more focused that teeners....it is not easy to get into the habit of studying again and it takes discipline to do online but it is doable and you will be proud of yourself when you finish.....good luck
  13. by   Dratz
    I am curious to know if you have been accepted yet by Norquest? I am still awaiting a reply. If you wish, we could become email study partners.
    Quote from SSTnurse2b
    I am in a similar boat as you...I am almost 40 and have finally decided what I want to do when I grow up..lol. I worked in and managed restaurants and bars for the last 20 yrs...and when the last place closed unexpectedly in October...I was "forced" to take a job as dietary supervisor in a seniors residence. I honestly didn't think I would stay because the money wasn't there..and I really didn't consider it to be my "field". 9 months later I am still at the residence...loving every minute of it. I love these people dearly..and decided a few months ago to go back to school to become a nurse. I want to stay in geriatrics. I will be going through Norquest as well as I was unable to get funding for Bow Valley College, so I can keep my job and study at my own pace. Might take me a bit longer than going straight to school...but thats ok with me. There was a reason I was put in the position I am in...and I can't wait to finish classes and be a nurse full time...no matter what my age when I am done!! Go for it...nurses of any age are needed....as long as they are caring and devoted....
    Last edit by Dratz on Apr 22, '06
  14. by   RXconnecticut
    Quote from lady_nic2003
    i just recently was layed off my job working as an insurance rep. i have decided to change my career and have chosen to do the lpn course throught distant learning with norquest college. i have just applied and am awaiting to see if i am accepted into the program. i will do all the courses using the internet and home study with my final practicum and workshops in the city.

    i live in whitecourt, alberta. i thought at first that i might be too old to go back to school. i did attend mount royal college in calgary for my rn diploma back in 1988 but with life stuff....did not complete my first year.

    after having talked to a few people, i have learned that i am not too old to go back to school. i am sure i will do fine. i have done about 6 distance learning courses in the past through athabasca university so i am aware of the dedication and discipline that it will entail.

    i am pretty excited about this new venture and wanted to know if anyone else out there started at my age. how do you find the career of lpn and what can i expect if i get my lpn diploma in alberta and then move to british columbia later?

    in other words, do you think i am crazy?

    thanking you in advance for all suggestions and comments

    lady_nic2003
    too old?? listen to this...i was 18 ..graduating highschool in 1988...had partial scholarship to lpn school...had to opt out because my mother thought that (through a relative) a free phlebotomy training school was the way to go...mind you if i did the lpn route i would have needed transportation etc.( did i mention how poor we were?).well i was a phleb for 10 years(time flies)...now nursing school would be a huge hassle..husband..kids..husband w/ great $$ job..who needed it...well here i am 16 years later & still thats what i want & the time couldn't be better.i was accepted into nursing school & the kids are both full-time in school(i don't work)so this is probably the best time to really focus & be a nursing student.my point ??? everything must really happen for a good reason because 16 years ago i thought nursing was a good $$$$ job & a breeze to learn..in reality i really wanted to be a nurse but i probably would not have excelled as i would now..now i really want it bad!! so your never too old...just wiser..i'm only 34 but i know i sound like an old fart...but this is reallly true....i'm so excited to go to school, i'm going to be the oldest in the class prob.too....who cares!!!! i wish you the best!!
    [color=#f4a460]love heidi

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