Am I too old to become an NP? - page 3

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I'm 43 y/o and thinking of becoming an NP. I will be an NP by 50 y/o. uhhh! Is that too old to make all the hard work worth it? I would do Family Practice. That gives me 10-12 yrs to work, then it will be time to retire and... Read More


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    Just an FYI.....the average age of the NP is 40-49 see the full story at this link : 2009 National Salary and Workplace Survey Results on ADVANCE for NPs & PAs

    This site talks about financial compensation. Coastal and Western States pay more as well as subspecialty areas......see this link for more information....Compensation for New Grads on ADVANCE for NPs & PAs

    EMPOWERMENT TO THE MAX !!!!!!!!! IT'S GREAT TO BE 40 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    rnMomm, I was thinking similar things when I began the Family Psychiatric Mental Health NP last August. I wanted very much to be better prepared to do counseling/behavioral coaching and be there for clients I now care for in a somewhat different context. But I was 55 when I began the program -- part-time, as I have young adult offspring and work full-time. Would people view me as being strange, as not up to date, "too old"? Our program is part online, part in person. In my first classroom course, I was even older than the teacher! It will take me four years, part-time, to complete the program, so I'll be 59 upon graduation.

    I found that I DID still have the necessary attributes to succeed in school, and that teachers and fellow students had no problem with my age. I do find it a little awkward wanting to socialize with classmates, and there being so few in their 50s. It is difficult for me that people tend to be so busy that even the middle-aged ones don't/can't make time for a classmate who needs some camaraderie (go for coffee, whatever). The trials of the sandwich generation!

    Learning new computer skills wasn't tough at all -- I did have a good basic knowledge of computer use. Teachers and classmates alike seem to appreciate the different perspective that I can bring to our studies, from the experience of being in another generation and of having 34 years of nursing and life experience since I earned my BSN. I have sometimes heard people say they feel more comfortable with providers close in age to themselves or older, rather than younger. I don't think one is necessarily better than the other, but I don't think patients will care that you're in your 50s.

    I am considering moving from upstate NY to an underserved area when I first graduate (to offer service, and to take part in a loan-repayment program). Then, when I'm more experienced, I'd love to come back to this area, and possibly have a mobile counseling practice, where I see clients in my office = an RV, or in their homes, obviating the difficulty many clients face keeping app'ts due to transportation or child care problems.

    I've never regretted starting my studies when I did. It's not a physically strenuous specialty, so if I choose to and am able to work beyond 65, as I hope to, I should still be able to manage it.

    Best of luck to you!
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    Yes, it is TOTALLY worth it -- the best decision you'll ever make!

    I'm like you -- i'm not in it for the money. I chose my professions like many people choose their spouses:
    The first was for money.... The second for love.

    I am just starting an MSN program. I'm your age and I'm one of the young ones in the group.
    One of my new classmates is 65...

    Follow your passion... chase your dreams... You won't regret it...
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    Wait a second!!! You're an RN!!? What in the heck are you talking about "7 years"?

    I've been an RN for about 5 months and I'll be an NP 2 years and 9 months from today.

    Let's talk...
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    Hey, Thanks everyone! You guys are great! I guess I thinking of a 7 yr plan because of going to school Part Time. When I wrote this I was feeling really "old" thanks to everyone for the "Pick Me Up!" Im planning on getting my NP so when I retire in 10yrs and my kids are grown, I can do missionary work with Doctors Without Boarders & SIMs

    @ factorviia: How can you get from an RN to Np in 2 yrs and 9 months? Let me know. where are you going to school? Im in South Florida. .
    @ fkm: I like the idea of the Moblie RV clinic .

    Thanks for all your positive comments.
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    Thanks for the encouragement!!! I'm going for it!
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    Quote from rnMomm
    Thanks for the encouragement!!! I'm going for it!
    I hope you do. This thread has been very encouraging for me as well. I just got back from a walk where I was contemplating the issue of grad school. I asked for a sign...came in to find your post. Thanks!
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