Hello Nurse Beth,
I will be 69 years old next month, and I'm considering going to school and get an LPN certificate. I want to do international volunteering and I feel my contribution would be more valuable if I obtain nursing training .
The cost of the LPN program is $27,000. Please share your opinion of my plans.
Dear Wants to Take LPN at 69,
It's a stretch.
First there's the cost. That is a lot of money. If you do this, I would compare prices and options. Some community colleges offer LPN training for a fraction of this cost.
You are 69 years old. Let's say you complete your training by the time you're 71. You would be going straight into volunteering without any experience
as an LPN. Depending on the nature of the volunteer program, nursing experience may be required/preferred. That adds another year or so.
Your primary desire is to volunteer, not to be a nurse.
There are so many ways to volunteer other than becoming a nurse. Many volunteer organizations
look for a willing heart and helping hands. If you are fluent in another language, even better. If not, just google "international volunteer" and "English".
Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!