How old is too old?!?!? - page 5

Hi everyone. I am 46 years old (or young, however you want to look at it) and decided last year that it was time to go back and finish something I started back in 1984. Now, none of my credits are... Read More

  1. by   lamazeteacher
    [quote=sparky99;3625516]Hi Amy!
    I'm in your bracket. If you're too old, then I'm too old, and I refuse to be too old!umpiron:
    Seriously though, I have some worries. I worry about being able to physically keep up with the demands of nursing. I worried a lot about absorbing tons of material in subjects I've never tried before, with a 40-something yr old brain instead of a 20 yr old brain. I've just finished A&P 1 & 2 with an A, and now feel like my concentration is slowly improving. That gives me hope that this old dog can actually run with the little dogs.
    I'm 70 years young, and I'm thrilled that we'll have nurses soon with years of "living" experience. You know far more about human nature, kindness (and not), needs that have to be met, organization of tasks, and the value of money, than I did when I was 17 years old and went to a nursing school!I'd still be working now, if age bias didn't interfere. I am told that I look 50, and have energy to match that, plus experience that's invaluable.

    What is also wonderful, is that "health" insurance companies as they're known now, will no longer be there to ruin your career! That's because employers won't be getting rid of nurses who reach 55 years of age, due to much higher premiums they're charged for their health care "benefit". Our government allowed that to go on for at least 25 years! When employees reached 65 years of age, they weren't allowed to have Medicare as their primary insurere, and the employer was charges still much more money for their coverage (if they kept their jobs).

    The change in circumstances will be due to more realistic reorganization of health care, by health professionals, which our current administration is dedicated to providing. A group of physicians has been working on this for years, and their findings and suggestions will be used to reduce costs, provide greater service and better working conditions to provide greater safety and care.

    Your career won't be dogged by high patient:nurse ratios, lack of equipment due to "bottom line" business practises (and high salaries and bonuses for administrators, which allows facilities to be called "non profit"). poor pay, and "dog-eat-dog" work conditions (which I prefer to "nurses eating their young"). Pharmacies in hospitals won't have limited formularies prohibiting use of medications patients have taken effectively before their hospitalization. I'm not saying it will be perfect, but it will be patient centered.

    You will be able to work longer, until you decide that you'd rather not.
    Last edit by lamazeteacher on May 20, '09 : Reason: additions
  2. by   Chaz47
    okay listen I will be 47 at the end of this month. I put my dream off for the longest time. I am now down to 25 credits and will hopefully graduate in 2011 Spring. I work a full time job and go to school parttime. I have 11 children the 10th child will graduate this week. I have good days and some bad but my point is do not look at age but remember we the older ones that is have something on the younger ones we can endure! good luck
  3. by   reiver71
    Congratulations on your return to school. I don't believe we're ever too old to stop learning. There were women in our ADN class who were in their 40's and 50's. We "youngsters" really benefitted from their wisdom. I finally completed my BSN last year after 37 years as an RN and am looking into MSN/APN programs, though I would literally be at retirement age if I finished. Take heart though, and stick with it......there will always be a need for a good nurse.
  4. by   Code_VSA
    I was 37 years old and a LPN when I went back for my BSN. I was raising 4 kids on my own, worked 12 hour days on Friday, Saturday, and Sundays and then to the University rest of the time. I have a older daughter that just graduated from a BSN program May 1st and the younger daughter starts her program in January.

    I will be 53 in a few days. The one thing that does stand out in my mind was the older women in my nursing class. They were in their 40's and early 50's. They were the best students. Grounded, focused and made good grades besides.

    You are doing fantastic so far and you will continue to do great. Just make sure your kids and husband are on board. Once you enter the nursing program it is time intensive. Some husbands feel a little neglected if you have to sequester yourself in a room somewhere for hours on end or even days on end.

    I have known women who make the great grades but the family sabotages them and they have second thoughts on their abilities. Everyone will have to make some kind of sacrifice to get you through this. I remember after a full day of class and clinicals I would be too tired to fix supper. Ask my kids how many times they had to wake me up when I fell asleep with my head on the table in the restaurant and the waitress was ready to take the order!

    Good luck in your endeavors.
  5. by   Scubadiver
    Folks, I turned 60 in January and am finishing my MSN in July ready to start my doctorate in October. You tell me, how old is too old given that I will be working for at least 10 more years????
  6. by   Barkley36
    let's hear it for "old" nursing students! i'm 54 and will be starting an entry level msn program in june. i'm excited and ready to jump into advanced pathophysiology with both feet. hey, i know i'm the oldest student in my cohort of 20, but feel that i bring a lot to the table. i do have a background in health care as a medical techologist, but have also been a professional photographer and a naval officer. i've had to deal with parents with terminal cancer, bosses that drove me crazy and more than a few jokes from friends (?) who think i'm out of my mind. my goal is to get my masters degree by the time i'm 60 and spend the next several decades being both useful and challenged. what could be more exciting!
  7. by   Chaz47
    Now that's what I am talking about I am looking forward to my next venture which is my Master's in Public Health/Community Health. After all with all of my brood (11 children) I feel I have plenty of experience and should fit right on in with the rest of the community.
  8. by   Max's_Mommy
    Never too old! I'll be 27 this year and only a few classes to go. BUT, I may have another child within the next few years so the dream might be on hold for a bit longer. Figured I should get my family going and then start a career. This is after a talk with my hubby last night... he doesn't want to be in his 40s when we have our second (which is in a few years for him). I don't might being in my early 30s by the time I start NS. Besides, I'm a young looking 26 y/o. HEHE I'll still look young when I start school! That makes me feel better.
  9. by   jcadriel
    No I didn't back out my first day of school is July 7th, a day after I turn 47
  10. by   dixiedo
    Defininately go for it, I am 57, soon 58 and thinking about going back for my NP!!! I am energetic at this age, love nursing, just returned to it after 28 years in family business that went bankrupt.............I plan to work, G-d willing into my 70's. You are a young woman yet at 46!!!
  11. by   Pamebick
    Hi ,I'm pretty happy reading your post,because I'm in the same case ,40 en my last nursing studies was 1991 they said it's too old and I have to start from 0 ,anyway I'm going to check in University of Phoenix and see what happenned because it is almost 60 credits ,and I don't want to lose them.Congratulations about your decision!!,you'll be doing great!!
  12. by   dlyr75
    You are NEVER TOO OLD! As one very wise RN told me several years ago(I was 32, just starting nursing school), when I complained about graduating at 34 for RN and had plans of continuing on to ARNP..she told me, you are going to be 34 anyway, so why not be 34 with a degree or 3? I took the long way around, having worked in the medical field for some time, doing various things. I watched all my friends attend and graduate nursing school, and thought that it was "my time". I am happy to report that: I finished nursing school 2.5 weeks ago, got a great job, graduated with my husband, also a nurse and JUST PASSED THE NCLEX!!! So, my advice to you: do not be frightened of being in class with people half your age; do not forget that there are some things "experienced/mature people" are better at; and you have learned the art of juggling and prioritizing! I felt the hardest part of nursing was not the work, it was giving up on life for the 2 years prior to nursing and the 2 years during nursing! I rarely got to see family and friends. If my husband had not been doing clinicals at the same site, I wouldn't have seen him either! Chin up! You have a ways to go, BUT, you will soon be celebrating, as I am! If you never get started, you will never finish! Good luck and stay strong!
  13. by   harleyridingirl
    I will be graduating in December at almost 52. I think some of nursing is easier due to my age and experience of being in the work force and raising a family already. I don't see how the younger ones with young children find the time it takes to study and pass. That is harder than being older with the kids grown any day. Also, pre-reqs are hard but nursing school is much harder but you can do it if you find out what works for you. I believe in other books besides school books to help explain things. I also use the cd's with the books and the website. Evolve is great.