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  1. I am a 39 year old woman who's had a change of heart concerning my career path in life! my questions is this am I to old to become an RN or does it matter ?
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  3. by   RN_2007
    Noooo you are not too old. In my class this past semster it range from people in their early 20's to their 60's. You're never too old to live you're dram.
  4. by   Lions
    Quote from RN_2007
    Noooo you are not too old. In my class this past semster it range from people in their early 20's to their 60's. You're never too old to live you're dram.
    I just thought that any hospital would not hire me because of my age or it would be harder to get employment in that field since i would be 44 before i would graduate.
  5. by   S.N. Visit
    Your going to be 44 yrs old reguardless, so why not be 44 with R.N after your name? I don't think you will have to worry about finding employment
  6. by   garn2b
    You are absolutely not too old. That was my concern at first also; however, the more I looked around this site and my school the quicker that concern went away. This subject has been discussed quite a bit here. Do some searching and check it out for yourself. You'll do great. I actually think you have an advantage.

    All the best.
  7. by   Tweety
    Good luck! 39 is old?????????????
  8. by   letina
    OMG no you are not too old at all! I've just turned 50 and changing my life, decided to leave nursing in the UK and relocate to US. At first I wondered if my age would hinder me but I decided, hey, I've still got a lot to offer! Maybe even more now than I had 20 years ago! Go for it! You won't regret it.
  9. by   lorenna
    Quote from Lions
    I am a 39 year old woman who's had a change of heart concerning my career path in life! my questions is this am I to old to become an RN or does it matter ?

    Hi there. I'm 38 and will be starting Prep course for LPN program Jan. 4.
    This lasts til March 8 and I'm already anxious and nervous because I've been
    a stay-at-home mom for the past 8 yrs. Can't get up the confidence that I can even pass that exam because I've been away from school and work-force for sooo long. If nursing is in yr heart give it a GO ! You'll turn 50 and will regret not trying... if u don't.

    I have 2 boys, 8 & 10 and married. I'm thanakful I have them a a huge support system.
    Good luck ))
  10. by   manna
    I'm with you Tweety - 39 is old? Oh my! :chuckle
  11. by   RNJoAnn
    I'm 50 (almost 51) and starting back to school. I'm going to try to get through Chemistry (Winter Quarter). Wish me luck! I'm taking it one class at a time!
  12. by   luv2yoga
    Nursing is a very common 2nd career. Maybe you would be too old for other professions, but you'll find employers are used to seeing us second-timers. I'm 42 myself and haven't gotten into the nursing school yet (hope to in either fall 05 or spring 06). Whatever you've been doing up til now counts for something too, you'll see that when you start taking classes again. Life experience, other degrees, work, they all help.
  13. by   MryRose
    Jeepers I hope not!!! lol I am 45 and have one more semester of pre-req's before I am eligible for Nursing School. I will be 46 before I can possibly get in - after that it is lottery luck of the draw.

    From all the classes I've taken so far, age is not a factor. About 1/2 of my anatomy class were... ahem... older and have done exceptionally well.

    Hugs!
    MaryRose
  14. by   Lilme04
    Congrats to you on going back to school! I wish I hadn't waited so long to go back (ok, so I'm only 38!). I am also taking Chem next semester. Keep in touch, and I know we can get through this together!

    Laura
    Quote from RNMarcie
    I'm 50 (almost 51) and starting back to school. I'm going to try to get through Chemistry (Winter Quarter). Wish me luck! I'm taking it one class at a time!

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