Honestly, Am I too old to become a nurse? - page 2

Hi I am 51 years old and have a full time 8 - 5 job Monday through Friday. But I have always wanted to become a CNA and eventually nurse. Can I train to become a CNA/nurse evenings and... Read More

  1. Visit  nurse2b2010 profile page
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    There are definitely some good points being made here regarding age, but I think the decision has to be definitely yours -- follow your heart. I'm 50 and started back to school at 48 to begin working towards an RN degree. I went through first semester nursing and part of 2nd semester, but had to step back due to personal situation in dealing with father's cancer and dealing with my own stress level of balancing nursing school with everything else in my life. Also, depending on your learning style, going back to school as an older student can be rewarding but also may be a little more difficult academically. But, again, everyone is different in how they learn. I just know for me, it takes me longer to retain things than I did back in my 20's and 30's. I do intend to eventually get my RN degree -- it just might take me a little longer than I had originally planned. I am even considering going to an LPN program and then reapplying to nursing school in 3rd semester to help me accomplish my goal. The one drawback I have experienced since starting nursing school is that because I had no previous medical experience I find nursing school to be more challenging for me than some of the other students who are currently either CNAs or LPNs working toward their RN. They definitely have an advantage because of their work experience. Nursing School is very hard and it's a very big commitment. Just be prepared to apply yourself totally and give it 100% or more if you make the decision to go. Personally, I know I would not be able to work full time and go to nursing school. Even working part time and going to nursing school could be challenging. Best of luck in your decision.
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  2. Visit  ShiphrahPuah profile page
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    I am 44 and graduated from nursing school last May. There were several people in my class older than me. Most of the older people were at the top of the class. I think life experience really is a plus when dealing with patients. The one thing I think that my age affects is that 12 1/2 hour (often 14-16 hour) shifts seem very long, especially when you are on your feet most of the time. I think that in a few more years I will be looking for someplace that offers 8 hour shifts or a job outside the hospital setting. Other than that, follow your dream. Working through a CNA program first will give you a good idea if you like it, and a CNA program does not require years of an investment. Best wishes to you.
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  3. Visit  NursEMT-P profile page
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    If it is really what you want, go for it!!
  4. Visit  jacque38 profile page
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    Go for it. I am 47 and will be graduating with my BSN may 2010. I have been plugging away at this since 1999. You are never too old.
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  5. Visit  aelse profile page
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    I have been having some doubts if Nursing is the right field for me. I'm 39 years old and a single parent of 2 (11 &16) I was wondering if I was to old to become a nurse. I started out when I was 18, but never finished. Now I'm determined to start school this fall, I have alot of classes I have to take to bring up my GPA. I live here in Dallas, Tx, my concern is how hard is nursing school and is the HESI exam extremely hard? Please give me some direction
  6. Visit  Silverdragon102 profile page
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    I have been having some doubts if Nursing is the right field for me. I'm 39 years old and a single parent of 2 (11 &16) I was wondering if I was to old to become a nurse. I started out when I was 18, but never finished. Now I'm determined to start school this fall, I have alot of classes I have to take to bring up my GPA. I live here in Dallas, Tx, my concern is how hard is nursing school and is the HESI exam extremely hard? Please give me some direction
    No I would say you are not too old to be a nurse. Check out the student section and you will see several threads on people older than you starting their journey. If it is something you really want to do then do it and don't let people put you off. Best of luck

    Oh and welcome to the site
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  7. Visit  mlo4567 profile page
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    You're never too old for anything if you really want to do it. I'm 38, mother of 3 & starting my pre-nursing classes next month.
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  8. Visit  Bobylon profile page
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    Age is only a number .... if you want it and are physically capable, then, no - you definitely aren't too old. I was 50 on enrolling in LPN school, 51 upon graduation, and am loving it (night shift and all). Intending to move on to RN, but my brain needs a rest...LOL. Only you can ultimately answer your question, but by age alone, you'd be fine.
  9. Visit  bluemorningglory profile page
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    Do not let your age deter you from accomplishing your goals!!
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  10. Visit  aelse profile page
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    Thank you guys for your response. It has given me some positive direction. I don't know if I should go for LVN or RN. Any suggestions
  11. Visit  topher-67 profile page
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    The wife and I are both 42! Age is not a factor in nursing....caring, life experience, etc will be to your advantage in the long run. We are both CNA's at a nearby LTC facility. We took our CNA course at a local two year college in 4 weeks. Most community colleges & technical schools offer 4-8 weeks programs for becoming a CNA. While the pay is not great the hands-on experience is priceless. We both had former "desk jobs" that went down the drain with the current recession. After some major life and lifestyle changes everything began to come together. We are going to start school in the Fall 09' for our basic courses and enrolling/testing into the nursing program next Fall. I plan to become an RN and the Mrs. wants to become an LPN.
    You are not too old no matter what anyone tells you! And yes you can do it all with some sacrifices. :spin:
  12. Visit  aelse profile page
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    Thank you for responding. And good luck to you and the Mrs.
  13. Visit  Diaper profile page
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    WHat??? Listen to this: My dad is 57 yrs old and has 3 kids but it didn't stop him from pursuing his dream to become a RN. Eventually, he graduated with the top 5% of the class and his NCLEX stopped at 65 (not even 75) questions and passed with the first attempt !

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