Is it worth becoming an NP at 45 years of age?

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FullGlass, BSN, MSN, NP

2 Articles; 1,692 Posts

Specializes in Psychiatric and Mental Health NP (PMHNP).
C.Love said:

I went for my NP at 55 and wish I would have gone back 10 years earlier, because I notice age discrimination and pay cut, so I think you should do it now while your young at 45, I don't think you will have the age discrimination problem, you're still young enough. 

Most RNs with more than 5 years experience as an RN will take a pay cut for their first NP job.

I was 56 when I finished NP school and 57 when I started my first NP job.  Had 4 offers and was paid very well.  After 1.5 years there, looked for work again, and again had multiple good offers as high as $160K per year.  I'm now 62 and making over $200K per year.  

Please stop blaming things on age discrimination.  That just isn't true.  Also, it's pretty easy to look a bit younger - good hair cut, dye hair if needed, good make up, and reasonably stylish nice clothing, along with a "young" attitude and good posture - easily take off 5 to 15 years or more.  

The only place I'm sure discriminates on age and appearance is some hospital in Huntington Beach, CA where evidently they only hire the young and beautiful for every role, including MDs.

FullGlass said:

Most RNs with more than 5 years experience as an RN will take a pay cut for their first NP job.

I was 56 when I finished NP school and 57 when I started my first NP job.  Had 4 offers and was paid very well.  After 1.5 years there, looked for work again, and again had multiple good offers as high as $160K per year.  I'm now 62 and making over $200K per year.  

Please stop blaming things on age discrimination.  That just isn't true.  Also, it's pretty easy to look a bit younger - good hair cut, dye hair if needed, good make up, and reasonably stylish nice clothing, along with a "young" attitude and good posture - easily take off 5 to 15 years or more. Maybe some Botox. 

The only place I'm sure discriminates on age and appearance is some hospital in Huntington Beach, CA where evidently they only hire the young and beautiful for every role, including MDs.

 

Mutts Wife NP

19 Posts

Hi, I highly encourage you to go for it.  I finished NP school at age 54.  I've had no problem getting jobs.  I plan to work until at least 67.  I love being an NP so much that even after 67 I will probably continue part time.  

DonnaRDH

27 Posts

I love this! I will be 54 when I finish too and definitely plan on working full time until 67-69 then part time until who knows how long😊 As long as I am still competent and a skilled provider I can see me still working in my 70's for sure. The surgeon who took my tonsils out when I was 45 was 75 at the time and he was amazing 🤩 

aywl

137 Posts

FullGlass said:

Thanks for your encouragement, we all will get aged sooner or later, positive attitude is the most important within this journal;

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Most RNs with more than 5 years experience as an RN will take a pay cut for their first NP job.

I was 56 when I finished NP school and 57 when I started my first NP job.  Had 4 offers and was paid very well.  After 1.5 years there, looked for work again, and again had multiple good offers as high as $160K per year.  I'm now 62 and making over $200K per year.  

Please stop blaming things on age discrimination.  That just isn't true.  Also, it's pretty easy to look a bit younger - good hair cut, dye hair if needed, good make up, and reasonably stylish nice clothing, along with a "young" attitude and good posture - easily take off 5 to 15 years or more.  

The only place I'm sure discriminates on age and appearance is some hospital in Huntington Beach, CA where evidently they only hire the young and beautiful for every role, including MDs.

 

 

JBMmom, MSN, NP

4 Articles; 2,537 Posts

Specializes in New Critical care NP, Critical care, Med-surg, LTC.

Another second career nurse here. RN at 38, NP at 48, well worth the investment for both. You're going to get old either way, may as well get old reaching your goals rather than wishing you had gone for it! Good luck

DonnaRDH

27 Posts

JBMmom said:

Another second career nurse here. RN at 38, NP at 48, well worth the investment for both. You're going to get old either way, may as well get old reaching your goals rather than wishing you had gone for it! Good luck

So true!👏🏻🎉👏🏻

kit123

7 Posts

This is an excellent posting. FYI- I was in ancillary care, then RN,  & then FNP age 49 yo. Worked in several states after decades of tertiary care, found interviews are varied and my husband is an MD. Here is what I learned from my interviews and speaking with medical administrators- CMO's off record

1- Try to keep a few skills intact. For instance CDCES ( DM educator), research coordinator- Sub Investigator, ACLS-PALS-ENPC, first Assist; & and keep abreast of top 5 EMRs.

2-You can work both as an RN and FNP.  So try to keep emphasizing  the 3 P's the ANCC emphasizes (Pathology, Physiology & Pharmacology--> **Consider the ApHA pharmacy review text. Also learn 150 most common RX & 30 common IV infusions. Once in practice, this emphasis will keep your practical with time constraints we face.

3- Others may disagree but if you find the leadership is very young, then don't be overly dismayed if you are a minority, Keep plugging away at the networks and keep consistent with good work. There is data that many patients like NPs with lived experience too.

4- If you get a DNP too, be careful regarding  titles. Please know that that I understand the rationale for changes but the administrative groups can be iffy. This is consistent either with DNPs or with new verbiage for "Physician Associates". What they have essentially told me is they need good clinical insights and less "visionaries". 

Sorry for a few typos in last posting and good luck !

Junknurse

2 Posts

I finished my NP in 2015 at age of 52. I am in the southeast TN northeast GA area. I recently turned 60 and I am finding that age discrimination does appear to be a real issue. There are plenty of NP's that are half my age and seem to be the ones getting the jobs. My advice is to check your geographic location for supply and demand. 

Sam121

71 Posts

Junknurse said:

I finished my NP in 2015 at age of 52. I am in the southeast TN northeast GA area. I recently turned 60 and I am finding that age discrimination does appear to be a real issue. There are plenty of NP's that are half my age and seem to be the ones getting the jobs. My advice is to check your geographic location for supply and demand. 

Is this because you are changing jobs? don't have enough experience? Are there admin roles or other NP roles you could possibly pursue?....please do elaborate more on this...

FullGlass, BSN, MSN, NP

2 Articles; 1,692 Posts

Specializes in Psychiatric and Mental Health NP (PMHNP).
kit123 said:

2-You can work both as an RN and FNP.  

I knew an FNP that did this.  He was a real workaholic.  He was working FT as an FNP, four 10 hour days in primary care clinic.  He had several years experience as an ER RN, so he decided to make extra money by also working FT as an ER RN on weekends!

He ended up with some marriage troubles, unsurprisingly.

However, he was happy as a clam working 2 FT jobs.  LOL

kit123

7 Posts

In all technical fields, including NP work, I believe that they might look at our age. This may not be due to individual strength but rather HR experience with mild fluid/crystalized intelligence changes that occur with age. This is also true in engineering and highlighted by a work called " The Death March" plus cited below

https://www.psychreg.org/ageism-engineering-technology/

Still there has been work on incorporating different work programs called the glass ceiling project. It is my understanding that several things help workers with limited minority voice, like those of us in the 6th decade>

1- Diversify work

2- Be ready to tackle other projects (RN and FNP)

3- Be consistent

4- Keep your project list in writing. So for instance, can you work as an educator, research associate, CDE or navigator.

5- When certain industry leaders are extremely young consider whether that work team will or will not create harmony.

 

Specializes in CCRN, CPAN.
Sam121 said:

Is this because you are changing jobs? don't have enough experience? Are there admin roles or other NP roles you could possibly pursue?....please do elaborate more on this...

 

Junknurse said:

I finished my NP in 2015 at age of 52. I am in the southeast TN northeast GA area. I recently turned 60 and I am finding that age discrimination does appear to be a real issue. There are plenty of NP's that are half my age and seem to be the ones getting the jobs. My advice is to check your geographic location for supply and demand. 

I live in South Orange County California, and noticed that my classmates who lived in the LA area seemed to have an easier time finding preceptors and then jobs, and I noticed age has something to do with it too in all industries. I don't know if age matters because they think we will retire too soon, but really age brings wisdom and experience and the younger people bring a lot of good energy and ideas to the table, so I like the mix. I was the oldest in my NP class and really enjoyed my classmates. 

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