Nursing School Age 49? - page 3

Hi. I would like to get some input on this. I have always, always wanted to be a nurse; I was accepted at a few nursing schools in the early 70's but didnt' attend due to some bad choices I made at... Read More

  1. by   renerian
    Go for it!

  2. by   ScottieRN
    I went back to school @45 if I can do so can you!!

  3. by   emily_mom
    We have a guy that's 52 and in my class. He's wonderful and pulls better grades than many in the class!

    My "nursing school hero" though is Berta, a 46 year old that has 7 kids. Her hubby is a semi driver and gone all week. How she does it, I don't know. Gotta love her dedication though.
  4. by   NICURNtobe
    Hi! I'm 49 and starting nursing school this summer. I've been working med/surg for 6 months as a CNA - 12 hr shifts. I'm not in too bad a shape, but working 3 in a row really does me in! (They're flexible with scheduling though) I can't wait to be an RN - a dream I've had for a long time. The hospital will help pay for it, as well as Pell Grants. Just follow your dreams and the rest will fall into place!
  5. by   jnette
    Hey... I started at your age. I just got my licence today.. at 53.
    As my "thingie" says : NVR 2 Late !

    It's been a dream? Dreams were meant to be realized. Nobody can do that but we ourselves. Do it or you'll regret it always. It had been my lifelong dream as well. I finally got tired of being a "wanna be", and doing everything in the medical field I could, but never what I truly WANTED. What else have you got to do? Sit around in a rocking chair and watch others realize THEIR dreams?

    There are many things you can do as a nurse if the ol' body won't cooperate. You don't HAVE to be a "floor nurse". I run around all day from 4 a.m. and love it, but that's just me. I've always had excess energy to burn.

    It's up to you and you alone. This is YOUR dream. What will you do with it?
  6. by   nimbex
    It's all been said here..... don't think of how "old" you are, think of how many years left you plan to work.... do you want to spend them doing more of what you dislike? Nursing can be done in 2-3 years..... than you can nurse for 20 plus more years.

    we need people that care... period. Not just people that are 19.
  7. by   Orca
    I graduated nursing school at age 40. Two women in my class, both long-time mental health aides and then LPNs, were in their mid-50s at graduation. Age is largely a state of mind.

    I remember Ann Landers addressing a similar topic with a man who wrote in wondering if he was too old to go to college. He mentioned that he would "be 45 after the four years it would take to finish". Ann Landers said, "How old will you be in four years if you don't go?" The moral of the story is that time will pass whether we chase our dreams or not. What we do with that time determines our happiness (or lack thereof). You would likely be happier achieving your dream and working in the field, no matter how briefly, than sitting in your rocking chair 20 years from now and wishing you had followed your dream.

    Best of luck to you.
  8. by   trip
    Iwas 52 and working a job that paid well, but had no other rewards. 9-11 came and made me wonder why I wasn't doing something that made a difference. Then I lost my job. I decided to follow a path I had started when I was in my 20's. . . I returned to school. I am now 53 and pursuing a BSN, When I gradute in '05, I may be the oldest graduate from my school, ever. Does it make any sense. To some, no! But to those who understand pursuit of a dream, it's the only thing to do. Maybe the money isn't he best, maybe the working conditions are horrible, but I'm doing the education for me, , , and for the chance to make a difference in a few lives along the way. BTW, the chance to be always employed in a profession of my own choosing is also very appealing. Best of luck.
  9. by   Katnip
    "It is never too late to become what you might have been."--Mary Englebreit
  10. by   giggles66
    Hi! I 'm 37 and I agree with everyone else go for your nursing degree. I have wanted to be a nurse for sometime now. While I continue taking the prerequites towards my RN Degree ( hopefuly BSN). I am planning to go back to work as a CNA part-time in a nursing home then after about six months I will apply for a position in a hospital. You Can DO It! Good Luck!!

  11. by   ggfifirn05
    All I can say is "diitto" to what Trip said. After my younger brother was killed at age 37 in a car accident in November 2000, then 9/11 happened, I really began to reassess my life. I currently work in the financial industry, but was always interested in medicine...back in 1974 I was all set to go to school to become a Medical Assistant (no financial or emotional support from my family to go to nursing school, and I don't think ADN's existed yet) but "fell in love" and ended up married and with 2 kids, then divorced after 10 years and remarried another guy with 4 kids of his own...needless to say, nursing school was the farthest thing from my mind.

    But fast foward to the new millenium and a financially rewarding job, but little to no job I decided to pursue my original dream of being a nurse and started on my prereqs at age 45. I've already applied to the nursing program once, was rejected (didn't make the point cut off) and so I am applying again for the fall semester. I WILL make this happen, and I know I have what it takes to reach my goal. I have a 4.00 GPA, which proves my brain cells have not all died off, and I think I am much more disciplined than my younger classmates. And I have all this life experience to draw upon, which I think is going to make me one helluva nurse! I worry a bit about the physical demands, but know as long as I keep myself fit, I can do this.

    I guess what I'm trying to say is that, if this is your heart's desire, and you are willing to sacrifice and your family is up to it, then GO FOR IT! My signature line says it all...
  12. by   kerryguy7
    Guess what?
    I'm fifty years old...I'll be turning fifty-one in a few months...and I am starting nursing school in the fall!
    I had the same questions and concerns (about my age) but I have received quite a bit of encouragement from many nurses, nursing students and other folks already in the health care field.
    So...from one old geezer to another...go for it sonny!!!
    Best of luck!!
  13. by   live4today
    It's only TOO LATE when you are no longer breathing! Wish you luck, dear one! Go for it! You want to become a nurse? Then, nothing stopping you but you if you don't do it. I salute you! :kiss