Will my age keep me from a good nursing career? - page 3

I am in my early 50's. I am in classes now and worried that being in my 50's as a nurse will keep me from getting a good nursing job. I guess that "officially" hospitals and employers can't... Read More

  1. by   AtomicWoman
    I think it may depend on the supply of nurses in your area. Where I am, there is a glut of new nurses, and I am seeing age discrimination. I am in my early 50s and just finished school. PM me if you want more info.
  2. by   Shamuga
    Hello, I will be turning 51 next month and reading your post has given me inspiration to pursue my dream of becoming a registered nurse.
  3. by   hidesert
    I graduated at 49, got my BSN at 55 and start my MSN at 57 (this fall) prob for an ANP degree, by then I will have 5 degrees. I love school, obviously, and I love being a nurse. What I do see is that my age-peers are burnt out, and I am not, since I've only be a nurse for 8 yrs. Another plus is that pts trusted me right off the bat, bc they presume I've been a nurse "forever"

    Good luck with school. I found my memory was worse and my study skills and drive were much better!
  4. by   hidesert
    PS - I also totally believe that life experiences make us better nurses: being a mom, having worked in the food industry and gaming industry, having worked in a doctor's office as an assistant and surgery scheduler and first assist for many years, etc.

    Working for docs whom I admired and respected prevented my from having that "Us vs. the Docs" mentality that a lot of nurses seem to have, as well...
  5. by   AtomicWoman
    Having lots of "life experience" was a HUGE plus when I went looking for an APN job. But a minus when I looked for an RN job. Glad I left bedside nursing and became an NP. My patients are always telling me they are glad I "get it" because I have been there, done that. Potential employers were happy to have someone who had plenty of life experience interview, and several of them told me that that's what they were looking for in an employee. Plus, I looked too old to have babies, I suspect!
  6. by   NCPgrl
    I'm thinking about going back for LPN. At 51 I still need prereks for classes/schools. I also work ft days and really want to go to evening school.