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Is 63 to old to start nursing school?

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by Mallory Sunset Mallory Sunset (Member)

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never too late specializes in gerontology.

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what I did not explain is that, I have an MBA, I have been in business financing nursing homes and assisted living facilities all my life, and I dont think these institutions are the answer, so,  I am now starting an adult day care / senior center hybrid, I will be the administrator and I will hire a nurse , but I am going to nursing school because I want to understand something about what nurses know, but I will get help fromCNA's, dietician, exercise therapist, recreational therapist,social worker etc. I am starting a business in the exploding field of eldercare for the 80 % of elderly who prefer to stay in their homes, they do not wanna sell out and deplete entire savings and jump into assisted living, but their families want respite and want to go back to work and their physicians want them looked after. the elderly need to get out of the house for chronic care therapy and socialization, they do not want to be locked up. the elderly want to avoid institutionalization, they want to focus on chronic care illnesses and avoid acute/med surge scene--this is the future, I am trying to think outside of the box, the current system is not working for those who--slip and fall, break a hip, --or become obese, take meds for hypertertension, statins, metformin--or those who get pneumonia, COPD-- or UTI--or have joint problems- they are sitting  at home in the recliner alone with nobody to talk to except for homecare aide who comes a few hours a week to give showers--this is not enough to fix the loneliness problem--yeah maybe I am too old for the whole grind but I am not too old to put this together with lots of help, I have a dream and it is very different than what's out there now, I want to keep old people healthy and happy and get them off meds and living in their homes where they want to be.  that is why I am going to nursing school at this late age, because I have a plan for what I wanna do for the next 20 years, and fortunately I am in good health and can do it, hope y'all dont think I am crazy as a loon

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Not sure what part of the country you’re in but these services exist. “Home Instead” and “Visiting Angels” are two that come to mind. If you can figure out a way to make them affordable then you’d have something. One area you might want to consider is the small nursing home concept such as “Green Houses”.  These are facilities that are more like homes and house from 4-12 residents. I honestly think that they will be the future of elder care. 

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never too late specializes in gerontology.

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yes home instead and visiting angels and greenhouses are leading players but they have very small market share compared to the enormous size of the  need--yes I agree these are leading players with their heads in the right place

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Patricia Guzik specializes in surgery/PACU.

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Hi! I started pre-requisites at 53, got my CNA for experience and was glad as later  a CNA was mandatory. I entered 2 year ADN program at 56 and took NCLEX at 58..passed at 75 questions!  Been working ever since..am now 73 years old...in surgery and PACU.  Love it!! Keep going and do not let anyone tell you you are too old. I have had a few apologies from surgeons who did tell me I was too old while doing clinicals. Fooled 'em all.

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I started pre-reqs at 55, then moved on to a second bachelor's program. I graduated with a BSN at 59, passed the NCLEX with 75 questions, and got hired at a university-affiliated hospital two months later. Two years later I went back for my master's while still working full time. Don't let anyone tell you you're too old to keep up.  I work circles around coworkers who are young enough to be my grandchildren. 

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sirI has 30 years experience as a MSN, APRN, NP and specializes in Education, FP, LNC, Forensics, ED, OB.

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sirI has 30 years experience as a MSN, APRN, NP and specializes in Education, FP, LNC, Forensics, ED, OB.

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Thank you.

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On 8/19/2019 at 1:02 PM, hopefulRN'17 said:

Mallory Sunset - I commend you for even wanting to do this.  I hope that no what, you choose what is truly best for you.  ❤️

Thank you.  Have an amazing day!

9 hours ago, Mossback said:

I started pre-reqs at 55, then moved on to a second bachelor's program. I graduated with a BSN at 59, passed the NCLEX with 75 questions, and got hired at a university-affiliated hospital two months later. Two years later I went back for my master's while still working full time. Don't let anyone tell you you're too old to keep up.  I work circles around coworkers who are young enough to be my grandchildren. 

Thanks.  I really loved hearing your story.

 

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Yes school is hard to get in, about half get excepted and another half drop out before graduation. But that is actually better than the student body overall at my college.

Time to get back to the books, two quizzes and a project due tomorrow, another quiz the day after. Next week an exam that's pass fail and a must pass for anyone wanting to continue in the nursing program. Then school officially begins and it wil be nice to work with my fellow classmates.

Good luck everyone,

Glenrubin2016@gmail.com

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