Advice On Becoming A Nurse in my Forties! - page 3

Hi, I am 48 years old. I have four children all grown and out of the house. I am looking to become an LPN and later an RN. I am really uncomfortable about my age, since I would imagine I would be... Read More

  1. by   thumper55
    Hey, I'm 55 & wondering if I should go back to nsg after a 19 yr leave. I know I could handle the refresher course, my big fear is handling the 12hr shifts. So, go talk with a nurse recruiter, see what they think. I think if you want it, then you'll make it happen.
  2. by   tammy10221961
    I too can understand your hesitation and concerns. I just turned 45 this month. I'm in my third week of LPN classes. Was it strange going shopping for MY notebooks and folders instead of buying them for my kids? Yes, but it was fun too. Was I nervous the first day of class thinking that all these "teeny boppers" were going to be my classmates? Yep. But when I opened that door to the class room and found another grey hair seated here and there I felt a little more at ease.
    How I look at the situation is this.. I raised my children, now its time for mom to do what she has always wanted to do. Become a nurse.

    The only person who can stop you is yourself.

    GO FOR IT!!

    YOU CAN DO IT!!!
  3. by   dotherightthing
    You're not too anything. The in patient units can be mentally and physically stressful but the various fields for nurses are wide open. Case management in any area is really hot right now. Go git em.
  4. by   chatter
    just graduated in may. had a 57 y.o. worman in our class she was nervous but everyone encouraged her and absolutely loved her stories. You can do it.
  5. by   ella_929
    Awesome! Good for you! Like they said you are never too old to follow your dream! Good luck!
  6. by   alliesgrammy
    I am 49 and in my first semester of LPN program, it requires longer studying for me but thats ok I am willing to do it and by Gods mercy and grace I will make it thru. Go for it!!!!!!!!
  7. by   tntech1

    GO FOR IT !!!!! WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO LOSE???? BESIDES A CAREER IF YOU DO NOT DO IT:spin: :spin: :spin: :spin: :spin: :spin: :spin: :spin:
  8. by   sandiesown
    I am 37 years old, married, have a 4 year old, and a 6 year old (who both have various activities, teeball etc) , and work a full time job at the hospital on night shifts. I am currently in the LPN program (classes M-F and clinicals on Saturday) and will graduate in July. I unbelievable have a A average so far this semester.
    I think it is wonderful that you want to do this. GO FOR IT>
    The youngest in my class is 20 and the oldest is a female who is 65 years old. So, age does not matter. It is the willingness to go the distance, study study study, and do this for YOURSELF. Don't let anyone tell you it can not be done, cause It can.
    GO FOR IT.
  9. by   Sheri257
    I'm graduating at age 46. There's another student in our class who's 50.

    There are a lot of older students doing it .... no big deal really.

  10. by   tddowney
    Quote from SouthFlorida2
    Hi, I am 48 years old. I have four children all grown and out of the house. I am looking to become an LPN and later an RN. I am really uncomfortable about my age, since I would imagine I would be with much younger students. I was a SAHM and haven't been out in the work force or at school in a long time. I am really feeling funny about going to school with such young student like I said. I don't want to stick out and , well I guess I'm not self assured.... Anyway, could anyone help me with advice, or let me know if maybe there are "ANY" alittle bit older students you've ever seen? I have wanted to be a nurse all my life and I want to make that dream come true. My uncle became an RN at 67 ... but I haven't really discussed my question with him since he lives far away and all.... Any advice would really help.... And thanks also ...

    Otherwise you'll be in your 50s before you know it.

    I'm 53, in an accelerated program, and I'm challenged, but having lots of fun.
  11. by   mandaleigh
    Hey! I am 45, am finishing my LPN program in December. I started college at 42 with 2 kids grown and 2 still in HS. My husband gave me the best piece of advice 2 1/2 years ago, "the next 2 years are going to go by whether you go to school or not." I'm glad I went!! Trust me, I am NOT the oldest in my class!!! I have done a lot better than most of the younger ones!!
  12. by   anbreen
    I am in my late 50s. I was a UR/CM manager for a long time. I am just now finishing my LPN training, and plan to go on to RN.
  13. by   nursingwon01
    DO IT- But considering the time it takes, you might want to hop right on the RN boat. I did this when I was 43. I was impatient to start working as a nurse as soon as I could, and in a hurry to start bringing home a paycheck. My kids were in high school. I am now 56 and thinking about retirement. Certainly fewer hours. Its hard work for an old girl....but I love it.
    The most difficult part of the program for me was sitting between a handful of "kids" who should have taken a class in maturity. Thoughts of them taking care of me in my hour of need was scary. Its a tough program, but the instructors will more than likely be around your age. My instructors were my age and we often just shook our heads together when it came to dealing with my classmates. Their are lots more opportunities for RNs than LPNs, and the starting pay is of course, higher. Most of the need for LPNs is in long term care. You may also get into a private practice. Good luck.