Good day, rdl48
I turned 50 this past May; for the past ~ 3 decades I was involved in information technology. This past June I started working on my prerequisites for a RN program. I've already been accepted into one nursing school based on my grades to date; and, there's the potential to have three acceptances by this coming January (including the original acceptance).
Jesus willing, I will start a RN program this coming August 2014; and depending on the school I accept back, my anticipated graduation date will be between May 2016 and early 2017. Then comes the NCLEX boards. All in all, if Jesus allows it, I will be an RN between age 53 and 54. Then hopefully a job while I work on my BSN, then MSN.
Prior to taking this path, I did go to vocational counseling as well as talking with both students who were over 50 as well as students who went back to school in their SIXTIES for nursing. They all did well, and were glad they made the choice.
Follow your dream!