I'm 48 and seriously considering moving into nursing. I've done quite a lot of research on the various programs and an considering the RN-BSN program offered here in AZ through Maricopa College and ASU and a few other schools.
The whole program would be some 3 years (including getting pre -reqs to gain eligibility).
My question is as a older new nurse grad am I likely to run into even more trouble getting that first job? It sounds like from reading that its tough enough for a 25 year old to get that crucial 1st year under their belt. Job ads I've been looking at all say the same 1-2 years min required.
Any older nurses out there? Perfectly physically fit but wonder if I'll be seen as a bad investment relative to an equally qualified younger nurse. No previous health care background. I ran a company in a completely different field.
Jul 12, '13
Judging by your name, I'm assuming that you are a MISTER. This is just my opinion, but I personally think you MIGHT have a leg up because so the need for male nurses to help deal with our aggressive population. I could be wrong. Maybe some other nurses, male and female will chime in. If you're not a MISTER, then I'm way off-base!!!! But if you were to show up at our hospital for an interview, you would probably leave 12 hours later.
Disclaimer: my opinions never meant much in the grand design.
Jul 13, '13
I think as long as you have no personal health or work history issues that you would have no trouble getting a job. I finished nursing school (with no medical background) at 42 & went straight into an ICU environment & loved it. Your previous life/work experiences (read maturity, lol) can be a huge asset in the chaotic healthcare field
Jul 14, '13
I graduated in Dec 2012 at age 44. Passed NCLEX Feb 4th and started my first job 2weeks later.
Jul 15, '13
Just to clarify - RN-BSN programs are only for RNs who do not yet have their BSN. If you are not an RN, you will need to enroll in a pre-licensure program.
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