Need (over 50) advice!

  1. Hello - I am "crewmom". This is my first time on any kind of forum, but I am in desperate need of sound and rational advice.
    After being married 33 years (yes, that's 33!) my husband had decided to "live his own life" and convinced my 16 year old sone to come along. After taking care of him and children for all these years I now find myself alone. I have worked oly part time the last 13 years as a nurse asst. and did eeg's and ekg's also.
    I quit my job past June because of a "slight" nevous breakdown. Since then I have not looked for work and have been living off of meager savings. I have been desiring to go to school to become a nurse for many years but something has always gotten in my way. Now I've lost my nerve but not my desire. I don't know how to go about being able to take care of myself financially and still be able to go to school. I will be 52 in a few weeks and feel somedays that it's too late for me to start this again and could I ever finish? It's a two year (full time) RN program at the local community college but the financial aid thing scares me to death.
    Is it possible to get enough aid over and above the cost of school to be able to take care of my expenses otherwise - has anyone done that kind of thing?and do you think it's too late for me to even think I could do this? I'm no dummy but 52 some days feels like 72. If I look for work it would have to be full time and then school would be out of the question. I hate the thought of spending the next 10-15 years behind a cash register (no offence intended).

    Could anyone give me an objective opinion - and don't spare reality!

    Crewmom
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   traumaRUs
    Hi and welcome. It is not only possible, its very probable that you could do well in nursing school and be a dynamite nurse. Go for it! Start looking at pre-reqs and get into school in Jan!

    There are many people on this forum that have done nursing school in their 50's and beyond - you might try a search with that criteria.
  4. by   suzy253
    Hi Crewmom. I started nursing school 3 years ago at age 50 and graduated in May of this year at 53. took my NCLEX in July and am now an RN....so my advice to you is to go for it.
  5. by   suebird3
    welcome to allnurses.com! all things are possible; as you read various posts, you will be surprised at what has been done.
    i would suggest general nursing student discussion and the health and stress management 101 forums for a start. good luck!

    suebird
  6. by   llg
    How is your health? The reason I ask is that I am 51 years old and know that my body could not work as a staff nurse for very long now. I have bad knees, a bad hip, and hypertension ... and I would not want to be starting a nursing career at this point in my life. With my body, I would be looking for a career that was less physically demanding. There are more than 2 options to consider (nursing school or cashier).

    As you spend time on this website, you will find many people who began nursing careers in middle age and who have been quite successful. I applaud them and welcome them into the profession. But it's not for everyone. Be honest in your assessment of yourself. If you (and your body) can handle the stress, the go for it. But don't jump into into it without doing a thorough self-assessment that includes your physical & mental capabilities and your financial situation.

    Maybe you should schedule a visit with a career counselor to explore ALL of the options within health care that might intereste you. Many community colleges offer such services.

    Good luck to you, whatever you decide.

    llg
    Last edit by llg on Sep 4, '06
  7. by   Tweety
    Good luck!

    Just watch out for those "somethings" that always get in the way. Often it's our own selves.

    Welcome to Allnurses.

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