To late to start?

  1. How's it going everybody.
    My name is Manuel and I'm 35 years old, married with two awesome kids. I've been working in the diesel mechanic field for 17 years, part time EMT-B for the past 6 years and been a volunteer firefighter for the past 3 1/2 years. I love the medical side of the fire service but it's been 8 years trying to get in. But I finally landed the job in 2016, but got a injury that took me out of the fire academy. My question is this. Is it to late for someone like me to become a RN? I would love to become a ER Nurse one day. It goes hand in hand with my past work experience. Just don't know if it's a little to late to get into the game at this point. I don't see many guy nurse out there so I don't know if it's the right choice. Any advice would help out. Thanks. Laterz ✌🏼
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  3. by   oceangirl1234
    Don't let gender influence your decision-I know plenty of guy nurses who are great.

    And 35 isn't too late. What matters is if you can afford to take the time away from work to complete the schooling.

    Good luck with whatever you choose!
  4. by   OldDude
    I graduated from nursing school at 43, went straight into a pedi ER, two kids, 4 and 2...
    So there.
  5. by   Accolay
    Quote from Mburciaga
    Too late to start?
    Nope.

    Your age and experience will only act to supplement your nursing ability. I know a nurse who was a medic and became an RN because he was worried about his back after doing some bad lifts as an EMT. His back still hurts, but the pay and job security are better. Now or never. Try getting a job in an ER while in nursing school as a tech or something to get your foot in the door.
  6. by   Davey Do
    Welcome to AN.com, Mburciaga!

    I became an RN at the age of 33. But, then again, I was an LPN at 26, and an EMT at 22.

    Go for it!
  7. by   ILUVERNSG
    Go for it Manuel.
    Definitely not too old.
  8. by   tacticool
    Quote from Mburciaga
    How's it going everybody.
    My name is Manuel and I'm 35 years old, married with two awesome kids. I've been working in the diesel mechanic field for 17 years, part time EMT-B for the past 6 years and been a volunteer firefighter for the past 3 1/2 years. I love the medical side of the fire service but it's been 8 years trying to get in. But I finally landed the job in 2016, but got a injury that took me out of the fire academy. My question is this. Is it to late for someone like me to become a RN? I would love to become a ER Nurse one day. It goes hand in hand with my past work experience. Just don't know if it's a little to late to get into the game at this point. I don't see many guy nurse out there so I don't know if it's the right choice. Any advice would help out. Thanks. Laterz ✌
    Is 35 too old? Seriously? Not giving you a hard time, but this question has been asked on this forum a bazillion times. The answer is this: "It's never too late to be what you might have been" (George Elliot). I started nursing school at 57. It's too late when you're dead!
  9. by   tacticool
    Quote from Mburciaga
    How's it going everybody.
    My name is Manuel and I'm 35 years old, married with two awesome kids. I've been working in the diesel mechanic field for 17 years, part time EMT-B for the past 6 years and been a volunteer firefighter for the past 3 1/2 years. I love the medical side of the fire service but it's been 8 years trying to get in. But I finally landed the job in 2016, but got a injury that took me out of the fire academy. My question is this. Is it to late for someone like me to become a RN? I would love to become a ER Nurse one day. It goes hand in hand with my past work experience. Just don't know if it's a little to late to get into the game at this point. I don't see many guy nurse out there so I don't know if it's the right choice. Any advice would help out. Thanks. Laterz ✌🏼
    Is 35 too old? Seriously? Not giving you a hard time, but this question has been asked on this forum a bazillion times. The answer is this: "It's never too late to be what you might have been" (George Elliot). I started nursing school at 57. It's too late when you're dead!
  10. by   nurse2033
    It's only too late if you think so. If you are done growing, then yes. I was over 40 when I became a nurse, joined the military, learned to snowboard and mountain bike. Try to keep up junior...
  11. by   KIMMIEKAY11868
    My son was afraid of gender stereo typing so he got his first degree in sports management. Did not like it and went on to be RN and loves it. I am practitioner and I will tell you we need more men! P.S. I did not return to school until I was 30. Age is just a number.
  12. by   Devon Rex
    I was 41 when I went into nursing school... now 47 I have a BSN and 4 years of experience under my belt. Currently considering MSN. I love being a nurse !
  13. by   Flames9_RN
    I started my ADN program at 35....lot of older people than I in the program, 1 was in her 60s! I htink there were only like 10 of us guys in the program out of like 130 students! But more and more men are going into nursing.
  14. by   msufan3710
    No way man. Like everyone else said, age is a number, not an ability. Good luck! Nursing school is a powerful experience. The nursing profession as a whole is vast and rewarding.

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