Opinions please, am I too old??
- 0Jun 6, '03 by PennyNickelDime_RNHi everyone,
I am 48 years old and have been in college for two years. I made the decision that I wanted to pursue a career in nursing. I was accepted to a wonderful school with a full scholarlship.
My question is this, would you consider that I am too old to begin a career in nursing. I anticipate that I will graduate with a BSN in about 3 years (since I had transfer credits from another university).
A little background on me. I have always been interested in the medical field. I do seem to have a knack for all things medical. I am the mother of 3 girls youngest of which is 15. I am a kind compassionate person and have been running an online support group for depression on IRC for the past 7 years having suffered chronic depression for the better part of my life. Happy to say that it has been controlled by medication for the better part of 6 years or so.
Am I fooling myself here? Am I too old to be thinking of starting a new career? I really would like to know your opinions. Any comments would be appreciated.
Thank you and sorry for the long winded post
- 0Jun 13, '03 by sammycatWhen I entered nursing school in 1988, I was 28 and I was the youngest student in my class. I met a man who had retired from the auto industry building cars and wanted another career. He went into nursing. At the age of 48, he graduated. Within 3 years, he was the head nurse at a busy ER on the north side of Chicago. You are never too old if it is something you want to do. I was the youngest of my class and I made it with 2 small kids and a drunk husband. I had to make it so I could divorce the bum! If you really want it, go for it and don't let anything stand in your way.
- 0Jun 14, '03 by GenistaI worked with a gal who started nursing school in her early 50s. She's now in her 60s, working as an RN & says she adores it. She is a great nurse, and I was startled to hear she's only been an RN for a few short years (you would think it had been decades- she's such a natural). Go for your dreams! Don't let anything stop you.
- 0Jun 16, '03 by Ann42Originally posted by Shamrock
Well, if you decide not to go ahead you will be 51 without a
degree!! Go for it! Good luck.
I'll be 46 when I graduate, but originally I was going to wait and start school after my youngest graduated from high school. That would have been three more years! I would have been 49 at graduation then. No matter! I'd still be thrilled to go back to school.
I've been a hospital patient four times, once for an appendictomy, the other three times having babies. I hate to say this, but I actually felt "safer" with the nurses who looked a little older. Most of my nurses looked like they were still in Junior High! :roll
- 0Jun 16, '03 by 2banurseThe only one that can really answer that question is YOU! I think that being an older student (than traditional) you will bring in a substantial amount of experience. There will probably be many occasions when a "more experience" but young RN may need your input not having the opportunity to experience some of the things you have. If you can do it...I say go for it!
- 0Jun 18, '03 by califrnNo one is ever too old to start something new--but I would consider what type of nursing to go into-some are way more physically draining than others and nurses have one of the highest rates of back injuries. Good Luck. I am 54 and have been in nursing for 25 years-and am starting a new job at a new hospital myself-so it certainly can be done!!