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Am I Too OLD???????????

i am a 26 year old male.. i finally figured out what i want to do with my life but i feel like i am to old .... my goal is to become crna after i get my bsn but it just seems so far away... i mean i will be like 32 or 33 before i can start my life.....

ok and i know this sounds stupid coming from a guy and all but i want to start a family before that age ya know?

can anyone give me some advice i just feel like i got way to late of a start to become a crna..

thanks.

bob :confused::(

ICUnursetoCRNA

Specializes in STICU.

Not at all! Just focus on the baby steps :) My two year ADN program felt like it would never end, but time really does just fly by. And the next 10 years will pass whether you pursue your goal or not. Good luck!

I am a 34 y.o. F and am just graduating from BSN program. I too struggle with the issues of being too old, wanting a family, life, etc. Still don't know what I'm going to do.

But.... you are still very young and have lots of time to work all that out. I say go for it. It is better to do it now than trying to do it with kids. (I have one, and it is hard even right now). You will be 33 in 7 years either way.

CrufflerJJ, RN

Specializes in ICU.

i am a 26 year old male.. i finally figured out what i want to do with my life but i feel like i am to old .... my goal is to become crna after i get my bsn but it just seems so far away... i mean i will be like 32 or 33 before i can start my life.....

ok and i know this sounds stupid coming from a guy and all but i want to start a family before that age ya know?

can anyone give me some advice i just feel like i got way to late of a start to become a crna..

thanks.

bob :confused::(

you're not too old. i'm 46, will graduate an accel bsn program this august, and plan to go for crna a couple years down the road.

one step at a time.....

macanes, BSN, MSN, DNP, CRNA

Specializes in Anesthesia.

I started my BSN program at 27 (previous degree, took three years to do prereqs and Jr & Sr year), started the Army anesthesia nursing program at 32, graduated the USAGPAN as a CRNA at 35, been working as a CRNA since Jan 2000, now 43.

When is it too late? I got married at 35 and (again) at 42.

Start now. It only gets better as you get older, but you're sometimes too tired to enjoy it (unless you can afford as housekeeper 8))

Carpe diem, man.

DaveCRNA

Specializes in Anesthesia: Peds, General, ENT, Trauma.

You're only too old if you think you're too old! I didn't even become an RN until age 32. I finished my BA at age 34 and now at 35 with a wife and four kids am applying to CRNA school. It can be done. I completed all of my nursing education while married with four children.

If you want it bad enough, you can make it!!!!

Like others have said before, life will go on, whether you are a CRNA or an RN. Do you really want to look back in ten years and wish you had done it, or at least tried?? I hope I never think I'm too old to do new things!

Just my :twocents:

Im going to go for it.. I have made up my mind and gonna do it... I will be done with my bsn right around 30 so thats not bad then Im gonna fo for my crna.. I really appreciate everyone telling me how they did it... It helps knowing Im not the only person going through this.

Thanks

proclivity

Specializes in SICU.

Im going to go for it.. I have made up my mind and gonna do it... I will be done with my bsn right around 30 so thats not bad then Im gonna fo for my crna.. I really appreciate everyone telling me how they did it... It helps knowing Im not the only person going through this.

Thanks

nope, don't too late!

just playin'........seriously though, you could be a CRNA and retire by the time that some people graduate crna school.

Your right I dont what I was thinking.. I guess its because I saw all of my friends graduating college buying houses etc... An Im just getting ready to begin my journey... PLus i was hoping to have a gamily before then ya know? But it will all work out.

I just started my program and the oldest person in my class is 48. I just turned 37 last month...who cares...its just a number. People have kids and buy houses at any age nowadays. Besides 32 is young! and dont focus on what others are doing.....

If you want something bad enough...nothing else really matters...just do it. Life is gonna pass by anyway regardless if you decide to go to school or not go.

{REALLY LONG}

I wondered the same thing :rolleyes:. I am 27 years old and I WAS going for my BSN except I was invited in to my previous schools nursing pgm which is an associates degree. The deal was bittersweet the school pays for books and tuition AND its accelerated. BUT I was looking fwd to doing my BSN and having it all out of the way.

I started the other stuff pretty young, worked, got married :redbeatheat 22 had 2 children:p:p {want more at least 1} then I decided at 24 that I wanted to become a nurse. Went to HFCC for 2 years doing pre reqs {although I'd taken a few college courses in the past... I wanted to start fresh} and while on the waiting list decided to go for my bachelors because I only needed classes to get into their nursing program.

Now that the semesters done next week I get an offer I can't refuse. The thing is I don't work so hubby is taking care of everything. We have a house, homeowners ins. 2 cars, car notes, car ins., utilities, groceries, part of my tuition:bugeyes:... YOU know part of being an adult blah blah blah. He's really stretching himself and with the economy in Michigan right now:uhoh21: OMG. I've already racked up a few student loans and It would be nice not to owe too much.

The thing is I decided to become a Nurse so that I can become a CRNA and I had this timeline and everything now things may be a little off track because once I'm done with my Nursing pgm next year, will I want to jump straight into a BSN pgm as a NEW NURSE:nurse:. I know its stressful enough just getting the hang of things as a new nurse If I start my BSN this will be on top of trying to work out my schedule around classes, and exams and study time and kids and family and....:no: I just don't know.

THEN I'd have to contract myself for 3 years to the hospital I'm working for because they ARE paying for my education and all. SO yes I'll be a nurse by Age 29 but who knows when I'll finish my bachelors NOW? I'm assuming if in an accelerated pgm age 31? But I won't be able to apply for CRNA school until 32 or 33 and I'll be 35 when I'm done and this will be a lot of WORK.

I don't want to be selfish by focusing on my career and leaving my family behind but if I don't do it I'll be 35 and thinking of all I could have done:crying2: . Yes I really want it. Yes I know I've got to think positive and GO FOR IT but now I wonder... am I really cut out for it?

I like to be the BEST, and I don't want to be the one whose struggling in the CRNA pgm because I was unable to prepare myself better by taking extra science courses to strengthen my knowledge base{maybe I won't need to}. It's a competitive program and I want to be a competetor.

smileyRn96

Specializes in ER/ICU, CCRN, SRNA (class of 2010).

CandyGyrl,

This is coming from a male nurse who supported his wife as she went to nursing school and who is now asking the same from his wife . I begin CRNA school in August and I am 36 (been RN 12 yrs).

IMHO....I would try and bite this off in small pieces. Get your RN and start working to support your family and get the needed experience to apply to school. You can get your BSN part-time while working and still help your family. I say this because I am a diploma grad and went back to school for my BSN and supported my family. Plus the hardest stuff will not even begin until you start CRNA school. The way I looked at when I was getting my BSN was that I was not a traditional student and therefore could not look at education from the traditional point of view. I knew that I could not put my family on a shelf for 7-8 yrs and expect everything to be okay when I got back to them. I have had to make concessions in the areas of study time and sleep to be with my family. Although, my grades never suffered, got my ccrn, score >1250 on my gre while being very efficient with my time.

I hope that helps some. You can do it!!! Just be patient and do not loose site of your family or your goal.:twocents:

-Smiley

I am not exactly sure but I am sure it changes as some retire and graduates enter into the field, but I read somewhere the average age in most CRNA classes in in mid to high forties. I would think most of you youngins' will do just fine. I wanted to be a nurse out of HS in 1986 but was scoffed by friends and family. I should not have listened to them. I love science and fascinated with the human body. I have always loved people I can't wait to finally get my chance. I am only a student nurse right now but I have plans for my future and goals to attain. I am 40 BTW :)

Not looking at education from the perspective of a traditional student makes alot of sense and could save me a lot of stress.

When you stated that you're entering the program at 36 it never struck me that you are too old. I actually think thats a great age because 30's are the new 20's after all! Seriously in today's society, we want it yesterday .

I sort of feel like I'm really behind for my age. I didn't go to college right out of high school because I didn't want to waste time figuring out what I want to do and spending 70k to do it. So I got out here and worked and bumped my head a few times :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: thinking I really wished I'd listened to my mom:nono: who is a nurse and tried to convince me that I'd be good at nursing even if I didn't want to be one for the rest of my life-- I'd have a great career until I figured things out. :rolleyes:

Well now that I've "figured it out" I feel like I'm playing total catch up. More so now because I have a family to think about and I don't want to put them on the back burner because I was a late bloomer yet at the same time I really want to do well in school (BSN and CRNA) which takes a lot of hard work, time, and dedication.:nurse:

Correct me if I'm wrong and I DON'T want to offend but-- I sort of feel like it's just a little different for men vs women when it comes to pursuing educational and career goals. Men are expected by their wives and family to "pursue bigger and better things". Whereas with women, yes its fine to pursue these things but only in moderation, if the thing you're pursuing becomes too much where it interferes with chores, childrearing and bedroom activities:redbeathe it might be better off left alone.

Then again it may depend on the level of support you receive from your spouse and family. It seems natural that it would work out great for your family because you and your wife are both RN's and you both understand what goes into this. But for an outsider who doesn't really "get it" it may be difficult to help them understand. Again I really want this but not at the price of my family. I feel like I have plenty of time to get my house in order before I go out for this at least a good 7-10 years. {wow that seems like a long time from now}:D

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