TOO Old??? 41 1/2 years old - page 5

Hello everyone, I am soon to be 42 years old, April 2007. I am interested in becoming a Registered Nurse...Should I forget about that dream because of my age? chiari... Read More

  1. by   cornrows4all
    Hi,
    I am 47 ( will be 48 in June) and am seriously considering a career change from teaching to nursing. For me the question is not so much one of am I too old (mentally I don't feel much different than I did when I was in my 20's), but one of how my age will affect retirement savings. If I do go ahead with my decision to attend school, I am more concerned with the cost of the program and how a decrease in income for about two years (I am planning to work in some capacity while I attend school) will affect what my husband and I have set aside for retirement. If I were to retire at 65, that means I will only have about 15 years to work in the field and when you factor in the cost of a nursing education it's a tough decision to make. On the flip side, I also have a hard time seeing myself as a teacher for the next 15 yrs. - the amount of work and preparation necessary outside of school to do the job right is overwhelming.

    I will be following the thread to see how you arrive at a decision - lets keep in touch.
  2. by   cornrows4all
    I like the quote you posted - "The truly educated never graduate". I am currently seriously thinking about becoming an RN. I graduated from college with a Chemical Engineering degree, then worked for two years before deciding to stay home and take care of my two daughters (which grew to four in a short period of time). When the girls were older, I went back to school to become a teacher (earned my Masters in 2005) and have been teaching for 7 yrs. Am feeling burnt out right now with all the time and preparation spent outside of class to do my job right ( plus parents who dont value education OR hold their children accountable) and am thinking about becoming a nurse. Point is, I love to learn new things and dont think that will ever change.
  3. by   HM2VikingRN
    Quote from cornrows4all
    I like the quote you posted - "The truly educated never graduate". I am currently seriously thinking about becoming an RN. I graduated from college with a Chemical Engineering degree, then worked for two years before deciding to stay home and take care of my two daughters (which grew to four in a short period of time). When the girls were older, I went back to school to become a teacher (earned my Masters in 2005) and have been teaching for 7 yrs. Am feeling burnt out right now with all the time and preparation spent outside of class to do my job right ( plus parents who dont value education OR hold their children accountable) and am thinking about becoming a nurse. Point is, I love to learn new things and dont think that will ever change.
    Lifelong learning is the way to go. I will finish my accelerated program in Dec at 47. I plan to work as long as I am able. Nursing education needs professional teachers to increase the number of new grads. With a chemical engineering degree you won't have any trouble on the basic science side of nursing. Luck to you.

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