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Is 35 yrs old too old to start nursing?

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Nurse Beth has 30 years experience as a MSN and specializes in Med Surg, Tele, ICU, Ortho.

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Dear Nurse Beth,

Hi is 35 years old too old to do nursing? I would like to start out with CNA programs in NYC called New Age Training. I then hope to go in for RN school at St. Paul's School of nursing in Queens. I have my medical assistant books that I can study for certain things. If you know any other schools that are tuition friendly as well.

Dear 35,

Thirty five is not too old by any means. At 35, you being valuable life experience. If you've worked at all, you have learned how to work with others.

When you work as a CNA, ask the RNs what school they attended and if they recommend it. Look at the school's NCLEX pass rates and see if they are accredited. Also post in the Student Forum here to get input from nurses in your area.

Best wishes,

Nurse Beth
Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!

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I became a nurse at 51.  This is My 3rd career.   Last was computers.  I love it. I'm now 60 and I'm getting started on my RN to BSN.  I might even go for my MSN later.   But I will need time to vacation.   I might choose part time work by then though.   16 hour shifts are to much at any age.  I like 12 hour shifts. 

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Nurse SMS has 8 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development.

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I graduated with my first nursing degree at 41.

Be wary of for-profit nursing schools.

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I started my accelerated BSN program at age 35 and graduated at 38. I was in customer service and IT prior. I found intrinsic motivation and level of physical fitness were two very important factors. Mine are high (motivation) and low (physical fitness) but you can do anything if you really want to. You are very smart to do CMA first.

My biggest pet peeves, everyone assumes I've been a nurse for 20 years, (although this is a huge bonus when reassuring patients) and work keeps trying to stuff me into a management position. Break a leg!!! You got this.

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