How old is everyone?

  1. Hi all,
    I have another question.
    I will be graduating with BSN in May 08 right after I turn 34. My husband is retired from the Navy but does not have a high paying civilian job, we have an 8 yo son, and we do have quite a bit of debt (mostly mortgage and student loans).

    I'm trying to decide how long I should pursue CRNA, considering the fact that I won't be able to work during the program. In my mind, I'm thinking if I don't get in first time around (after 1 year ICU experience), I would try one more time, then throw in the towel. If I get in the first time around, I will be 38 before I finish. I was just wondering how old everyone is, when you got in, or when you finished CRNA school.

    Although I love going to school, I do want to eventually finish and get on with a "normal" life. HAHA!

    Thanks,
    Jen
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  2. 47 Comments

  3. by   shandsburnRN-CRNA
    I'll be 34 when I start in January 2008....GO FOR IT!!!
  4. by   MB37
    28, still have 14 months left of my ABSN. Then I have to start working in an ICU for a few years, and plan to have a kid or two and raise he/she/them to schoolage while working before returning to school for CRNA. I'll be about the same age as you, and my goal is to graduate as a CRNA by the time I'm 40. That's still 25 years to work, and there are several people past 40 in my nursing program now.
  5. by   joshcrna06
    I am 24 and have been an RN,BSN for 1.5 years. I have a interview for CRNA school this Jan08. Look at it this way. Your only going to get older. At 40 don't look back and say Man I Wish I had done that. Keep me in your prayers for my interview and go for the gold.
    In Him Josh RN, BSN
  6. by   gasmaster
    I'm 42 now and just applied. If I get in August of 2008 I'll be 43 when I start.
  7. by   piper_for_hire
    I'm in my first year of NA school. I can speak for about three programs in my area because we have some combined classes. The majority of people are in their late 20s and early 30s. I'm in my late 30s. About 10% are 50 and older. Look at is this way - even if you don't graduate until you are 50 - you will still be a CRNA for about 15 years or more - unless you try to retire early. You go through 27 months of (near) hell and get to do a cool job for 15 years. Sounds like a good deal to me.

    -S
  8. by   6xblessd
    What is "normal"? I've just come to accept that there really is no such thing when you have children . Anyway, I'm 37, will be 39 or 40 by the time I actually start a CRNA program, and would be 42/43 by graduation. I know that probably sounds ancient to some of the younger crowd, but I've worked with the elderly enough to have a different perspective . They'll probably have raised the retirement age to about 80 by the time I get there! LOL That means I'll still have PLENTY of years to work and reap the benefits of my efforts.
  9. by   cometwfour
    I'm 41 and I'm an alternate at Samford. I have also applied to UAB for Fall/08(I'll just turn 42). One of the faculty at Samford told me that they actually prefer older applicants, b/c they are more focused and determined about what they want. I also work with several SRNA's who are older(30-40). If this is something you want to do, age doesn't matter, go for it! God Bless!!
  10. by   xkred27
    I will be 36 @ the start of the program in May of 2008, 38 when I am done. Anesthesia is one of those areas where people can work for a long time if they desire. When I worked in the OR some time ago (prior to nursing) there were many anesthesiologists in their 60s and a few in their 70s.
  11. by   TangoLima
    Quote from xkred27
    I will be 36 @ the start of the program in May of 2008, 38 when I am done. Anesthesia is one of those areas where people can work for a long time if they desire. When I worked in the OR some time ago (prior to nursing) there were many anesthesiologists in their 60s and a few in their 70s.

    Thanks so much for the insight. I have been wondering what is a realistic age to which one can work as an anesthesia provider. I know life isn't over when one turns 40 , but wanted to know how long I could realistically expect to work after putting in so much effort.
    Thanks!
    Jen
  12. by   UCDSICURN
    I'm 33 now...will be 35 when i'm finished...

    So what if you'll be 38 when you're done...that's nothing...If you practice until you're 65, that's nearly 30 years of practice....that's a no-brainer if you ask me. Even if you were 55 when you finished...You'd still have a good 10 years to practice assuming you retire at 65.
  13. by   Sedna
    I'm 51 and started CRNA school in August.
  14. by   heartrn35
    I'm 39 now, if I start in fall 08 that makes me 42 when I complete. I'm not going to get any younger and I can't keep doing what I'm doing now.

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