Age Issues and The Modern Male Nurse

  1. 0 I have my fi-aid stuff under control, I have a school picked out, a BSN program lined up, and the ultimate goal of becoming a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in mind. I'm 48 years old. Am I insane? If so, why? If not, why not? Should I consider another avenue, like Clinical Counseling at my age? Thoughts . . .
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  3. Visit  Rocky09 profile page

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    From 'Las Vegas, NV'; Joined Jun '09; Posts: 8; Likes: 1.

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  4. Visit  Bob_N_VA profile page
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    Can't really call you crazy unless I want to classify myself that as well. 53 and starting a nights/weekends program in January. Just finishing up some pre-reqs at the local CC. Looking forward to it but also somewhat apprehensive.

    Only thing I would say is to be a bit flexible on your end goal. Your experience along the way may point you in a different direction so be willing to change course a little or a lot depending on how your experience pans out. I honestly couldn't tell you what I will end up doing, but I'm pretty sure it will be a more satisfying career than what I am doing now.
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  5. Visit  K.P.A. profile page
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    Why not toss out notions of age and direction. Let your clinical experiences guide you.
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  6. Visit  Nomad76 profile page
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    Bob N VA: Are you already working within the health care field? I am a transcriptionist, female, 52, and am planning to start prereq. courses, though I was told I will have to take either the ACT or SAT (yipes) before I can register here at a New Mexico university. I'm pretty much starting over where college is concerned; had a few credits about 20 years ago, plus a lot of life and vocational experience, along with my transcriptionist course many years ago.
  7. Visit  Nomad76 profile page
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    Oops, sorry, didn't realize I was barging in on a guys' forum. I am a bit new to "allnurses.com;" I did a search for "age" related issues, and happened to find your post.
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  8. Visit  Rocky09 profile page
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    As Bob_N_VA says, "but also somewhat apprehensive" and thats the crux if it.

    "Why not toss out notions of age and direction. Let your clinical experiences guide you," says K.P.A. and that's easy to answer--this is America and we distrust older workers, we treat them with disdain then we force retirement on them.

    I must thank you both for your comments. . . Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner may not be as far-fetched a goal as I think. Even at 48. Hmm . . .
  9. Visit  K.P.A. profile page
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    this is America and we distrust older workers, we treat them with disdain then we force retirement on them.
    Throw out generalization too. In life, we interact with individuals. In so much as trying to get what one wants from an institution, keeping this in mind is beneficial.

    I'm finding that life experience makes school much easier than it was when I was younger. I'm learning that I can do things that I'd once written off as beyond my capability. Best of all, I don't feel the least bit 'old'.

    How will you fit in age wise? I don't know if this is true across the USA, but the program I'm in has a few 19 year olds and a few of us in our 50's. Age in between peaks around 30.
  10. Visit  dhammond3 profile page
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    You are most definitely not too old, I will graduate in May, and was 49 when I started back 51 now. I already have a degree in another field, but realized it wasn't for me. I love what I am doing! Schooling will not stop as will continue on for the NP. Also, there are several in my class who are older primarily mid 40's with a couple others older than me.
    Instructors have told me they like the older students as are focused. Realize tho, you have to prioritize your life even more than a youngster. Budgeting your time is huge. Nursing studies are not memorize and regurg, they are learn and apply and critical think. If you are married, your spouse must be online with you cause family time drops way off.
    Having said all that, it is very doable.
  11. Visit  Anoetos profile page
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    I hope you're not insane, because if you are it probably means I am too. I am not sure what I'll be doing after I get my BSN, not sure if I'll go on to NP or not; probably not, but I'm 44 and just starting out after having had a whole career in material handling sales.

    !

    So, no, I have a vested interest in assuming your sanity. You are clearly and unequivocally mens sana in corpore sano even if your corpus, like mine, is a bit antiquus.
  12. Visit  ItsTheDude profile page
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    age isn't a big issue these days, ppl are living and working longer (60's & 70's), go for it.
  13. Visit  Bob_N_VA profile page
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    Quote from Nomad76
    Bob N VA: Are you already working within the health care field? I am a transcriptionist, female, 52, and am planning to start prereq. courses, though I was told I will have to take either the ACT or SAT (yipes) before I can register here at a New Mexico university. I'm pretty much starting over where college is concerned; had a few credits about 20 years ago, plus a lot of life and vocational experience, along with my transcriptionist course many years ago.

    Nope, have no previous experience in the health care field myself, though I've been married to a Physical Therapist for the last 15 years. I have a bachelors degree from many moons ago so that took care of most of my pre-reqs for this program with the exception of two courses in anatomy and one in microbiology. I'm just finishing up a&p and micro this week. Talk about cutting it close. The only test I had to complete was the TEAS test, which is similar to an SAT type test but more specific to the health care field.

    For me this is pretty much a 180 degree course change. I've always wondered what it would have been like to work in the health care field and now I am going to try and make it happen. Part of me wonders what I am doing in my mid fifties going back to school when most of my peers are a good 10, 20 or more years younger. But I guess I'm secure enough in my own skin to not worry about that and concentrate on learning what I need to learn. So there is some level of apprehension, but that is normal when you move out into uncharted waters.
  14. Visit  TheSquire profile page
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    Quote from Nomad76
    Oops, sorry, didn't realize I was barging in on a guys' forum. I am a bit new to "allnurses.com;" I did a search for "age" related issues, and happened to find your post.
    No worries - we appreciate the occasional helpful comment, suggestion, or corroborating story.
  15. Visit  ebinnion profile page
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    I don't think you're insane. The only thing I would advise you on is to not make yourself an outsider.

    I am a 21 year old student. There have been two 50-60 year old students in my classes that effectively ostracize themselves from all of the younger students because they are constantly interjecting life experiences they had from many years ago.

    They were quickly labeled as weird this past semester. This would not be a big deal in regular life, but in college friends are welcome when you need someone to study with or if you need to get a copy of notes.

    But go for it I think you can do it.


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