Looking for student nurses, male and 50+

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    I am an African-American, male, student nurse, 50+ looking to enter nursing school. I wonder if there are any other men out there like myself beginning nursing school at 50 or am I just too late to join the profession!!!
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    I started about 2 years ago and I'll be 55 this year and will graduate next year at 56, so no, I don't think you are too old. I can understand your concerns, probably similar to mine. The youngsters can probably run rings around me with their higher energy levels, but there is something that I bring into the equation that they don't have nearly as much, and that is experience. That translates out to being more at ease with patients, a bit more self confidence and I think a better working relationship with your instructors since you are much closer to them in age. Where I probably fall short a bit is in memorizing all the nitnoid details that you need to keep in the back of your head, things like lab values for example. Memory is one of the things that does start to fail you, but there are more than enough ways to compensate.

    So my advice would be to give it a go if you are up for it. I try and take it one day at a time and so far it has worked for me. It will dominate your life for the next several years, but if your family is supportive, it is an achievable goal.
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    I started my pre-req's 2 years ago and have just been accepted to an LPN program starting this fall 8/11.
    I agree with everything that Bob stated, as one gets older one assimilates info differently than when you were 20+, but you compensate for it.
    I am 56 and will be 57 when I graduate (hopefully)
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    Thanks for your replies ... I do plan to pursue this dream of mine and have total support coming from my family. I have approx. half of my pre-req completed even before i begin the journey toward nursing school. I currently have a Masters degree and many of my pre-req were waived. In addition, I am a state employee, which allows me to attend college for littlle or nothing per quarter. ....
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    I am 54 and will be graduating in 6 weeks! I own two businesses and work full time.
    So if I can do this, anyone can, it is never too late to start. One thing that has made it much better though is having a good friend of mine go through the entire program with me, we are almost the same age. Of the 5 men who started our program, we are the only two left. I might have a bit of an edge though because my friend is in the medical field, and my wife has been a RN for 20 years. Now if I could just get my LPN daughter to go back and finish her RN work..........
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    You guys make me feel good, I was worried about a career change at age 35! Thanks, and I'm sure you guys will be great!
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    57 when starting 59 when done...just starting my new life as a nurse after 35 years in engineering
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    Awesome topic! This has been a very rough week age-wise for me. (Forty five year old fat biker here)

    Tuesday morning, while I was out and about shopping for scrubs, I was chatting with an overly bubbly, Florida sunshine, "fresh out of high school" sales girl.

    Wonderful conversation for my ego until the very moment she laughed and said "You're funny like my grandpa!"







    I left.
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    Its those comments that cuts you to the bone. In my mind, I am still the gangly 18 year old kid...its only my knees now that keeps reminding me of my age LOL
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    Hey, I just graduated at age 53. I was in a BS-BSN accelerated program, but I'm guessing that most programs are comparably rigorous. I didn't find attending school post-50 much different than in my teens and twenties, other than I have a (very little) bit more self-discipline. It's memory-intensive, but my memory always s**ked. Nursing programs don't require a lot of brain BTU's--very little is conceptually challenging--but you do have to work harder than most lazy males are inclined to do.

    Being immersed in a virtually all-female work environment was more of an adjustment. My prior career was virtually all male.

    Good luck! I'm looking forward to my next career--I suspect you will too!


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