Dear Nurse Beth,
I am a 51 year old nurse with most of my experience at a large level trauma 1 in med-surg telemetry. I am thinking about returning to school this year to obtain my BSN. I am concerned about the cost of the BSN programs and wonder if its a good idea at my age. I was also wondering if travel nursing would be a good idea. My sons are almost grown and will be out of the house in a couple of years and I am a single mother and do not own my home. any thoughts would be appreciated.
Dear 51 year old,
51 is not too old, and I would definitely do it.
Getting your BSN is a safety net for the last years of your career. Without a BSN, your career options are limited and you may have a hard time transitioning away from the bedside when you decide you no longer want the physical demands of a clinical bedside nurse.
My thoughts on travel nursing are that it only pays well for nurses lower on the pay scale, such as newer nurses. It's good for some people at the right time of their life, but you will spend a lot of time with the "busyness" of moving, signing contracts, taking orientation over and over, turning PGE on and off, etc. That same energy could go towards getting your degree which will sustain you in the long run.