When are you too old to start Nursing school? - page 2

by bluedawg

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I have been in Advertising and design my whole life (I am 46) and I am now planning to go back to school to become a nurse. Are there any others out there in my shoes? Will anyone hire a nearly 50 new grad.?... Read More


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    Don't worry about finding a job..you haven't even started school yet and there are jobs out there that are not 12 hrs/hospital though that may be the route you want to take. If this is something you want to do, just do it. Seriously. It's never too late, your never too old and because there are going to be a fair amount of nurses leaving the profession in the next 5-10 years jobs will be there.
    As far as other posters re: someone leaving higher paying jobs to go into nursing being unwise..well, I politely disagree..I left a 74K job (nursing) because it was soul sucking and the manager was unlike any I had ever experienced. Yes, it was a lot of money, but no, it was not worth the upset - not to me anyway - you can make a lot of money in nursing or a little - a lot depends on the life style you wish to lead and where your happiness lies - for me, happiness isn't spending $400/mo on a souped up cell phone or $300 on hair and nails, mine is living happy w/family, my pets and getting what I can afford and we have everything and then some we need - this may comes as a shock to some on here but life/work is more than just a paycheck - or it should be because most of us spend a lot of our lives working and living the routine of the day. So make it count for the right reasons - not just the green back ones.
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    I wonder how happy that person would be not being able to find a job and being in a crap load of debt. And that is the reality for too many new grads.And don't worry about a job? Are you kidding me?
    Quote from Marshall1
    Don't worry about finding a job..you haven't even started school yet and there are jobs out there that are not 12 hrs/hospital though that may be the route you want to take. If this is something you want to do, just do it. Seriously. It's never too late, your never too old and because there are going to be a fair amount of nurses leaving the profession in the next 5-10 years jobs will be there. As far as other posters re: someone leaving higher paying jobs to go into nursing being unwise..well, I politely disagree..I left a 74K job (nursing) because it was soul sucking and the manager was unlike any I had ever experienced. Yes, it was a lot of money, but no, it was not worth the upset - not to me anyway - you can make a lot of money in nursing or a little - a lot depends on the life style you wish to lead and where your happiness lies - for me, happiness isn't spending $400/mo on a souped up cell phone or $300 on hair and nails, mine is living happy w/family, my pets and getting what I can afford and we have everything and then some we need - this may comes as a shock to some on here but life/work is more than just a paycheck - or it should be because most of us spend a lot of our lives working and living the routine of the day. So make it count for the right reasons - not just the green back ones.
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    Reality Really Sucks! But anything worth a crap is usually hard to obtain, contains obstacles, and a certain degree of risk.

    Weigh it out, but- Follow Your Heart,
    No Regrets Later!
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    I graduated with 3, 40 somethings and 2, 50 somethings, with the right grades, effort and discipline you should be fine. I firmly believe that 62+ is the iffy age simply because of the risks the Health Care Facility would assume comes with that age.
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    Quote from bluedawg
    Will anyone hire a nearly 50 new grad.?
    I certainly hope so. I'll be 47 when I graduate. I know things aren't easy for new grads right now, but I also know that almost all the people who graduated from my school's program last spring are now gainfully employed. I continue to hope.
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    I am 37 and just got accepted. I am not stopping with nursing (I want to become a nurse practitioner) so I know it will be a long road and I will be in my 40s when all is said and done. I have young kids though so I think that keeps me young. Just keep yourself healthy and you should be fine. Like someone else said, life aint easy. If nursing is where you feel called then you will love it.
    futureLVN40, futurelvn2016, and Cortney like this.
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    I often wonder the same thing!

    I am 31 years old and most of the students at my school are all in their early 20's. I feel a bit silly at times that I waited so long to pursue my dream, but I am SO glad I'm doing it-- finally! I really hope I'm not the oldest person in my class when I start the RN program in January.

    My opinion... your NEVER to old to pursue your dream! As far as hiring goes... I cant imagine you having a huge problem because of your age. If your qualified, your qualified... right?!

    I wish you the best of luck on your nursing journey!! Thanks for posting, it's nice to know there are other's who feel the same.
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    Good for you rlewisteach!!! That's awesome!! Congratulations on being accepted! I just got accepted last week to a program after waiting 3+ years!

    We're going to rock nursing school!
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    I've decided that 42 is too old to start nursing school! (That's how old I am and started this semester).
    I'm soooo tired!
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    What is that quote, "Age ain't nothin' but a number?"

    If you have your heart in nursing, go in with your eyes wide-open. Know that at this current time, the job market for new grads is brutal, but not impossible. Hopefully by the time you graduate, it will be smooth sailing.

    Good luck!
    futureLVN40 likes this.


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