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Is APN realistic at my age?

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Specializes in Certified Diabetes Educator. Has 20 years experience.

I am 57, and in good health. I am a RN with 97 hours towards a BSN and can realistically finish my BSN working full time and going to school part time in 2-3 yrs. However, that puts me at around 60 yrs old going into a MSN program for APN. I would only be able to do the program part time which means it would take me 4 yrs to complete. I don't worry whether or not I could physically or mentally do the work, but I do worry that if applicants out-number the available seats in a program, that my age will automatically disqualify me. If I need to look at another path, I would rather do that now rather than later. I welcome your thoughts and experiences. Thanks in advance!

Charlee

txspadequeenRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU, PICC Nurse, Nursing Supervisor. Has 20 years experience.

i cant offer any formal advice since i am a prospective np student myself....but just wanted to say good luck to you....there is nothing you cannot do with determination and the will to succeed.....i say go for it

If you want to do it, do it.

BCgradnurse, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in allergy and asthma, urgent care. Has 12 years experience.

I went back for my NP in my late 40s and it was the best thing I've done. I would look into RN to MSN programs, where you do not have to have a BSN to apply. It might save you some time.

traumaRUs, MSN, APRN, CNS

Specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU. Has 27 years experience.

Agree - look into the RN to MSN options - there are several to choose from.

Don't think your age is an issue.

AbeFrohman, BSN, RN

Specializes in Cardiac, Pulmonary, Anesthesia. Has 2 years experience.

Unless your money somehow becomes worthless in old age then I don't think it matters to the NP program.

Mudwoman

Specializes in Certified Diabetes Educator. Has 20 years experience.

I'm sitting here smiling. Thank you all for the encouragement. The RN-MSN is a really good idea. I had thought about that some, but you have reinforced it. Can't thank you all enough.

traumaRUs, MSN, APRN, CNS

Specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU. Has 27 years experience.

Glad to help. Keep in touch and let us know how things go and what program you decide on.

I agree with everyone. I am finishing my FNP at 42---SO much of what makes me a good nurse/APN comes from my life experience. Wisdom is a GOOD thing! Best of luck....

linearthinker, DNP, RN

Specializes in FNP. Has 25 years experience.

I agree with everyone. I am finishing my FNP at 42---SO much of what makes me a good nurse/APN comes from my life experience. Wisdom is a GOOD thing! Best of luck....

Im finishing my FNP this year and I'm about to turn 42. My preceptor went to FNP school at 50, and I have several classmates in their 50s. Most of us are in our late 30 to early 40s, but you would definately not be off the bell curve, lol. good luck!

MacD

Has 8 years experience.

I graduated form nursing school with A BSN in August 2007. Now I am a part time ACNP student an a full time nurse, 36 hours/ 3 12's a week. It will take me 3 years to finish my MSN. I am 55. If you are in good health and reasonably fit you can do it. Don't sweat the age thing. Oh yes, I am married with 2 beautiful grandkids which live with us.

I went back to school in 2007 at 53 for a post-master's FNP. I finished last year and passed certification just after my 57th birthday. I think I have a lengthy career ahead of me, so I say "Go for it!" and Good Luck!

I'm 47 and will graduate in 2013 at the age of 50 or so. What hampers me is not my age, but my BUSY, busy, lifestyle. I've got a house, husband, dog, kids, older kids who need me still .... I've just got a LIFE -- and that's what gets in the way more than my AGE.

I'm trying to find different ways to keep my energy up to keep up w/ it all ... I worry a bit that I dont' have enough years in nursing, rather than my age ....if you have a lot of time in nursing, I think that is what will strengthen your chances.

diane227, LPN, RN

Specializes in Management, Emergency, Psych, Med Surg. Has 32 years experience.

I attended an education session tonight at the University of Washington regarding the ARNP program there. I have a couple of deficits that I would have to correct before I can apply. My GPA has to come up some and I need stats. This leaves me with not being able to enroll until January of 2012. I will be 57 years old by the time I start. I just don't think that financially it would be worth it. I would only have about 10 years of work life left. I have been a nurse for 32 years. When I went to nursing school, it was not as difficult to get in as it is now. I am a very experienced nurse with excellent clinical skills. But everyone seems to want people with an academic focus.