Age Issues and The Modern Male Nurse - page 2

by Rocky09 | 6,369 Views | 31 Comments

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?... Read More


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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.
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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.
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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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    Age has nothing to do with it. I'm 45 and will be graduating late this summer. If anything I feel coming back to school a little "seasoned" has made it much easier than in my youth. As to how patients and classmates receive me? Patients seem to be more relaxed having a seasoned/weathered student nurse no matter what the age of the patient. Classmates? Well the average age in my class is probably 25 but there are some of us in our 40's, 50's and 60's. The student seem to like studying with we "seasoned" student, they see we are serious about our studies and they also seem to enjoy seeking counsel from us in regards to their personal lives.

    The journey has ben life changing. I've formed friendships I expect will last a lifetime and my interests in nursing have intensified. My goal of becoming a CRNA is even more important to me than when I first started the program. So my suggestion to you; go forward, keep an open mind, enjoy the new friendships and understand that you will not be given any tasks that others have not encountered before.

    You can have a life while enjoying nursing school and being older has its advantages.

    Good luck to you
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    Quote from ebinnion
    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.
    I appreciate the sentiment that I'm not crazy. But I would suggest to you that it is not their behavior that is ostracizing them but maybe your perception of them as "Old Students". They are probably as old as your parents or grandparents and I can imagine it is a bit weird for you to think of them as your peers in class. I would give them some credit for having gotten this far in life and having the fortitude to go back to school for a new career.

    As a nurse, it will be up to you to be open to your patients needs, so why not start now and make sure they feel welcome. They might surprise with how much they can offer you in return.
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    Dude your definitely not crazy! As cliche as it sounds, age is just a number and I think you should definitely go for it. The one thing I will say is that you should try to keep an open mind about what kind of nurse you want to be. I know that now you seem to have a pretty firm idea of what kind of nurse you want to be but that can change as you gain experiences during clinicals so just try to be open to anything. Good luck and let us know how it goes!

    !Chris
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    I'm arriving a bit late to this discussion, but I am 52, and start an accelerated BSN program later this month. I retired from a very different career at 48, got bored, but have always been intrigued by health/medical professions. I volunteered on a whim at a local hospital emergency room, started taking pre-reqs "just in case" at a local community college, and, well, here I am. Like you, I will be feeling my way through this change.

    Dudn't sound crazy to me.

    Quote from Rocky09
    I'm 48 years old. Am I insane?
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    Hey guys. I just graduated at 44 with my BSN in May. Good luck to all of you. The bigger issue I am finding these days is just finding a nursing job for a new graduate RN. After graduating and passing my boards I am still looking for a job. I live in Chicago and am being forced to look in other states now just to find work. This economy has really taken its toll on new grad nurses. Just something to keep in mind. At this point I would be willing to take any position at any hospital just to get some experience. I even worked as a student in a Level III NICU for one full year prior to graduation and it still doesn't matter to recruiters. Best of luck to you all.
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    This probably isn't worthy of a new thread, but NPR had piece on nursing this morning. You can listen to it here.

    Mike Jones hopes to get one of those jobs. Not long ago, he was working long hours in his father's construction business, and he wasn’t happy. After a couple of hours on the phone with his brother, Jones made an unlikely career choice: He decided to become a nurse.

    "I enjoy helping people," says Jones as he sits in a common area at the medical education campus of Northern Virginia Community College. "[I've] never been in the medical field before. This is my first time. It's all new to me."

    Jones is 40 years old, never went to college, and before he worked construction was a United Airlines baggage handler. He sees nursing as his ticket to a solid income — and a solid career....
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    Your not crazy at all. I congratulate you on your decision. I have several people in my class that are in there 40's and 50's. Just keep in mind that when you go into nursing school that what they say is law and to forget everything you "know"

    Sometimes that is what is hard for the older students because they are more used to being the "one with wisdom". Just don't let the kids get on your nerves and you will do fine!


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