The oldest student nurse!

  1. hi! i'm laine, and just starting the next chapter of my life. i just wondered... am i the oldest student nurse?

    after 27 yrs in a pink-collar job, my department evaporated. so instead of looking for another (just like the other), i mused over my past experience as a volunteer emt in our used-to-be small community. i enjoyed it (although not the hurry-up, load-n-go part). i then made the choice to enter into the health care profession.

    do you know any student nurse older than 54???

    i met a retired nurse last year that told me she was 56 when she graduated, so i was inspired! my kids are grown, the ex is out, and i have the best opportunity to start anew. i even was able to transfer college hours from 35 years ago! (except sciences).

    the only drawback though, is the studying. i believe it is true that the older you are, the harder it is to retain things. i've found that classes over an hour are more than i can take!

    thanks for reading - is great!
    - laine from texas
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  3. by   Roseyposey
    The oldest person in my nursing class is 61 - and she's more young and vibrant than I at 35.
  4. by   suebird3
    Welcome to! I forgot who was the oldest in my LPN class. I think I was the "old lady" in my RN 39!

  5. by   Lori RN_09_2b
    Hi, Laine!

    I'm "only" 43, so still a baby. I'm the oldest person in my class, but so far it's been fine. I think it's true that learning some things becomes harder, but I think we're at an advantage because we value our education more than some of the younger, fresh out of high school students. I know I'm more willing to commit the time necessary to learn the subject, where way back when I first started college I was more interested in . . . well . . . everything! Besides, I've had bunches of people that have commented how "brave" I am going back to school at my age--no one's ever called me brave before!
  6. by   HannasMom
    The oldest student I know of was 71 she was in an LPN program one year before I entered the program in 1996. At this time I am working with a nurse who is 80 years young, and she can walk faster than I can!
  7. by   SecondChances
    I will be starting the nursing program in the fall at 48 yrs old, and (so far) am the oldest kid in my class. I will be 50 in two years anyway if I am lucky, why not celebrate with an ADN. When I started back in school after being laid off from a good job I had for 12 yrs (that I really didn't like) it was a blessing in disguise. After a year of taking classes I applied for the program. I was so grateful to be accepted and for the opportunity to have a career I'd only dreamed about. Being out of school for nearly 30 yrs and going back was tough, but I was determined to make up for all the times in my life I gave up too easily. The age thing is just that, the fellow students I've met so far are all great and I feel like I belong as much as anyone. Thank goodness for second chances!
  8. by   Roy Fokker
    Hi Laine!

    Welcome to

    If you ever feel doubt about your age and nursing - please read this thread.

    As one of our Mods says on that very thread:
    Quote from rn/writer
    Fran didn't get her LPN degree until she was 55. I think that's where I'll refer anyone who asks if they're too old to become a nurse.
    Don't be a stranger! jump right in and participate.

    If you have any questions/comments, please don't hesitate to contact me through PM or any one of the other mods.
  9. by   Tweety
    Good luck to you!!! Welcome!
  10. by   timinchrist
    Welcome Laine! Right now we are tied. I am presently doing my pre-reqs and when I enter the nursing program I'll be 54. One thing I have going for me. I love learning so it's no big deal. After all, life is just one big challenge.
  11. by   DDL,RN
    I was next to oldest (48) when I graduated in May. Yes!!!! Don't let age stop you! My mom told me when I was considering going to school after 30 years and two kids, "You'll be five years older down the road anyway. What will you have to show for it?" It was the best decision I've ever made. The other students look up to us because we have "life experience". You are in the perfect situation to take the time to study. Believe me you will need it and not having the added distractions will be very helpful. Good luck.
  12. by   kayel
    Hiya! I think it's awesome that you are starting nursing now!!! I am 43 and I am pretty sure I'm not the youngest in my class but I'm not sure yet. I do know there is quite a group of us that are older students and that is really encouraging! It's also encouraging to read these posts -- thank you, guys! I needed a pick-me-up today! Now I am going to go read about Fran for more inspiration!!
  13. by   danh3190
    Sounds like we're in the same boat. I'm 54 (55 in Oct.) and start school in 2 weeks. I was pleased to see in our orientation that there were some 40 somethings in the class so at least I won't stick out so bad!

    Good luck to you.
  14. by   boyfactory
    The oldest person in our graduating class was 54. I'm not sure how old the oldest in the next class is, but the president of the class will be 50 when he graduates next July. It's never too late to go to school to become a nurse!

    Jennifer D.