Is 46 Too Old for Nursing School?

  1. Dear Nurse Beth,

    I have been reading your advice you have given to hundreds of aspiring nurses/current nurses etc. I admire you for the love and dedication you have for your career. I would like your advice on a concern I have. I am 46 years old. Do you think I'm too old to go back to nursing school
    , and become an RN? I am currently working as a CNA and also am a CHHA, as well as a Medical Assistant. I feel I have a strong background, and thus feel that I can do so much more, but I afraid that by the time I finish school I will have a hard time finding a job.



    Dear Is 46 Too Old,

    I don't think 46 is too old for the right person who is committed and determined. The forties are a great productive time in life. It won't be easy, but nursing school is not easy for anyone. Age discrimination exists in nursing as well as in other industries but can be overcome.

    As far as landing a job, start strategizing for that in your first semester. In an excerpt from my book "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job", several strategies are offered for students like yourself.

    "Select a hospital you would like to work in as an RN once you graduate. While in school, apply to work as a CNA or PCT on weekends and school breaks. While working, strive to make good working relationships with co-workers and charge nurses. Keep in close contact with your manager and and let her know you would like to work there after graduation. A good impression goes a long way, and you will have insider advantage".


    When there's a will, there's a way. It is a wonderful thing to realize your dream .


    Best wishes,


    Nurse Beth



    Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!
    Last edit by tnbutterfly on Dec 5
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  3. by   pinkuu
    I couldn't agree with Beth's response more!

    I personally do not believe 46 is too old. I had a person in my cohort in their mid-forties, and they were able to score a new grad position sooner than others who were much younger than them! No doubt discrimination exists, but you just gotta keep trying and apply to everywhere and anywhere. With your extensive healthcare experience I believe you have the potential to shine in your nursing clinicals which can leave a lasting impression with preceptors and instructors who can later be your LOR writers and references.

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