Am I too old?! - page 3

by RyanL

First off.. Hi. This is my first post. Great site.. I have already found alot of answers to questions I had. I have been an a audio engineer/producer for the last 9 years and making a necessary career change due to familial... Read More


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    First off.. Hi. This is my first post. Great site.. I have already found alot of answers to questions I had.

    I have been an a audio engineer/producer for the last 9 years and making a necessary career change due to familial duties. I have been putzing around for the last year at a punch in punch out sort of job pondering wich direction I wanted to take as far as a new career. After doing alot of research and soul searching; I have decided that nursing would be right up my alley.

    Now the only problem that I foresee...Is working for 9.00 to 11.00 ph as a CNA until I finish my LPN. Im old and need more $$! Im 34 and dread the idea of "paying my dues" all over again. I guess my question is this...Have you or do you know of anyone who at my age has persued a career in nursing? Extra points if male.

    I guess Im just looking for some general feedback!

    Hi Ryan,

    I don't remember what it was like to be 34. I'm closing on 53 and would do it again right now. Go for it. I agree with other posters that you will probably have more options and better compensation if you go for the RN first. I worked my way through school as an "orderly", which is what they called the male nurses assistants where I started. I got the core of my real nursing education in the nursing assistant role.

    Good luck!
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    I started by RN to BSN completion at 43 years old, and got the Masters about 4 years later, so not quite 50. I don't know, what is OLD anyhow???? As others have said, there were many in my classes in their 40's and 50's/ so you go for it!!!
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    Quote from RyanL
    First off.. Hi. This is my first post. Great site.. I have already found alot of answers to questions I had.

    I have been an a audio engineer/producer for the last 9 years and making a necessary career change due to familial duties. I have been putzing around for the last year at a punch in punch out sort of job pondering wich direction I wanted to take as far as a new career. After doing alot of research and soul searching; I have decided that nursing would be right up my alley.

    Now the only problem that I foresee...Is working for 9.00 to 11.00 ph as a CNA until I finish my LPN. Im old and need more $$! Im 34 and dread the idea of "paying my dues" all over again. I guess my question is this...Have you or do you know of anyone who at my age has persued a career in nursing? Extra points if male.

    I guess Im just looking for some general feedback!
    Hi: 34? too old? I must share with you that i went into nursing after having been in Viet Nam then being a police officer for 17 years. I had a degree in another field so i didn't have to do any prereqs. I went to nursing school, got my BSN degree and began a new career at age 39. I am now 62, have had diabetes, surgery for cancer and a 6 vessel bypass 5 6ears ago. Oh, I almost forgot, I joined the Army as an RN and an officer upon graduation with waivers and retired from the army as an officer. I am now 61 years old and continue to work as a Travel Nurse. Too old? it is all in your mind. A recent statistic shows that the current trend for graduating nurses is that most are foreign, receive an Associates degree and are aged 50. Hand in there. Take the plunge.
    Goodluck
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