Hello everyone! I've been to this site hundreds of times before, but never posted a question. This time I decided I needed to ask some people in the field of nursing about this cause is driving me nuts.
I live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas and I'm actually 36 years-old, but I will be 38 by the time I graduate with my BS in Accounting. I do enjoy accounting, but I always wanted to be a nurse practitioner. I have worked as a CNA and Medication Aide, but could never go to nursing school
because I couldn't attend the program full time as I had to work. After graduating with my accounting degree I will be able to go to school full time and would love to get my BSN and apply for an FNP program right after. However, according to my calculations, I will be around 44 years-old by the time I finish everything (BSN + DNP Program). The reason why I'm worried is because I spoke to two hospice nurses where I work, an RN and a BSN.
1- The BSN told me that age is a big problem in nursing. She said many times hospitals, clinics, etc., only wants to hire the 20 and early 30 year-olds. She also said that going into NP school right after graduating from the BSN program and not having any experience was going to prevent me from finding a job as an NP.
2- The RN told me she makes a lot of money in home health, almost the same as many NPs.
I hate to think they are telling me these things to turn me off from pursuing nursing. I heard some people will do this to avoid competition in their profession. I see this all the time in business (accounting).
Anyways, I would really appreciate any honest insights from all of you.
Thank you so much guys!