Quote from gdsgrl
So in your opinion, how old is too old to become a nurse?
I agree with the previous poster who points out time lost from work going to school needs to be balanced with earning potential post degree.
In other words, when I become an RN, I have an earning potential of $50,000 a year. If I don't work as an RN for two years while I earn an NP degree, then I'm $100,000 in the hole for wages. If my NP degree only earns me $25,000 a year MORE than my RN degree, it takes 4 years just to recoup my wage loss from going to school.
Another factor to recognize is that the aging body can't continue to do everything. If you think at 56 you can lift like a 26 year old (regardless of body mechanics, etc.), then we'll see you in PT rehabbing from disk surgery. Your eyes will go, your energy will go, your back will go, your knees will go. So something to be said about thinking about a job that you CAN DO in your 60's, and then working towards that ideal.
One reason I plan to continue on for an NP degree is that an NP can work part time
and make $50,000 a year. If I'm still working at 62, I might last longer working part time. And if I'm an NP, I can also work in a doctor's practice, seeing sore throats all day, instead of lifting some poor sap with a hip replacement.
Furthermore the autonomy is r e a l l y
attractive to me and I'm willing to give up some wages now for having that later.
I'm all for following your dream, but dreams have a funny way of evaporating when reality comes aknocking... so try to work with both of 'em!