38 too old for school?

Specialties CRNA

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Hi all! I am 38, married, two (2) children, ages 15 and soon to be 13 (boys). I have my AAS Degree. I am currently a Corporate Paralegal. I just started doing CRNA's employment agreements three (3) years ago. Three (3) years ago I want to started nursing school and too be honest I was scared of "starting over". Now I am ready. I have a lot of prereqs., but I a fine with that. I start in Feb. My husband who is also my BEST FRIEND is extremely supportive and our children are amazing and supportive. I haven't mentioned it to one (1) person at work. When I am doing an employment agreement for one of the groups we represent I work directly with the Chief and President of Anesthesiology for surgical corp. He is affliated with major hospitals in my area. I know that he would be happy to know that he played a major role in regard to me wanting to become a CRNA. I haven't told him because he is one of my boss' clients. I was think about getting a job in a hospital, so that I could work until 3 or 4 the latest. Right now I have to work until 5:00pm and I cannot change my schedule not even for school. Back to my question. One (1) of my friends that I told said, that I was too old to begin and by the time I graduate with my RN degree I will be 41 at least. That is true I most likely will be 41 because I am going part-time. What do you think? I have prayed on it. God bless.

Specializes in ER, Medicine.

No way are you "too old." Oh my gosh, we have a wide range of ages in my class. The eldest is in her mid 60's. We have married people, people with kids, and people with all kinds of different situations. You're only as old as you feel. I don't think any age is too old. The only thing is that nursing school takes time and dedication... that's the only thing that you have to take into consideration. Oh, and that supportive husband is a plus. You'll do great!

Specializes in Geriatric/LTC, Rehab, Home Hhealth.

Time will pass no matter what you do -- why not do something that matters to you!! It sounds like you've got a great attitude and the support of your family. Best of luck to you! ..actually, if God is in it, you won't need the luck.

carvanaragon

109 Posts

this is my first year of RN job and after my contract ( 1 year ), i want to go to CRNA. i dont know know how to start things. pls help..

thanks....

bellarosa

31 Posts

You can do it! In my accelerated bsn program, half of the class is over 40. Nursing is a second, third, or fourth career for many people. Your maturity, experience, and kind heart are needed in our profession. Good luck!

dphrn

190 Posts

No, no, no! It is never too late. You are still young and have many, many years ahead of you. Actually, this is probably the best time to do it.

Specializes in Med/Surg, Ortho.

Nope,, it isnt to late,, you will see there are people in your nursing classes older than you im sure. Been there done that and i wasnt the oldest either at 41

LPN1974, LPN

879 Posts

Well, I heard someone answer that question once with THIS question.....

How old will you be in 4 years if you DON'T go to school?

The same age, as if you do go, right?

Trauma Tom

120 Posts

Specializes in SICU, Anesthesia.

Akanarn,

This is a post I posted to some time ago concering someone who asked a similar question to yours concerning their age and CRNA school. Hope this helps.

After twenty years in the restaurant business, I changed careers and started Nursing school at 46. I had a previous bachelor's degree so I went through an ADN to finish and get working as fast as possible. After 4 semesters in an ADN program I passed my boards and started working in a SICU at a Level One Trauma center. While working full-time I worked on my BSN. I finish my BSN next month. I applied to 5 schools, interviewed at all five, was an alternate at 2 and accepted at 2. I will be starting my CRNA program a few months short of my 50th birthday! Can you do it? Absolutely! You just have to decide this is what you want to do. Forget worrying about your age. I was worried about it all during school until I interviewed. It was only an issue to me. They did not care. I have been in school for the last three years non stop and will soon be going full time for another 7 semesters. If this old ....

can do it at 50, you can certainly do it at 43. Good luck!!!

I am about to finish my 8th month of anesthesia school and love it. I do not consider my age to be a disadvantage at all.

Hi all! I am 38, married, two (2) children, ages 15 and soon to be 13 (boys). I have my AAS Degree. I am currently a Corporate Paralegal. I just started doing CRNA's employment agreements three (3) years ago. Three (3) years ago I want to started nursing school and too be honest I was scared of "starting over". Now I am ready. I have a lot of prereqs., but I a fine with that. I start in Feb. My husband who is also my BEST FRIEND is extremely supportive and our children are amazing and supportive. I haven't mentioned it to one (1) person at work. When I am doing an employment agreement for one of the groups we represent I work directly with the Chief and President of Anesthesiology for surgical corp. He is affliated with major hospitals in my area. I know that he would be happy to know that he played a major role in regard to me wanting to become a CRNA. I haven't told him because he is one of my boss' clients. I was think about getting a job in a hospital, so that I could work until 3 or 4 the latest. Right now I have to work until 5:00pm and I cannot change my schedule not even for school. Back to my question. One (1) of my friends that I told said, that I was too old to begin and by the time I graduate with my RN degree I will be 41 at least. That is true I most likely will be 41 because I am going part-time. What do you think? I have prayed on it. God bless.

live4today, RN

5,099 Posts

Specializes in Community Health Nurse.

if you're still breathing, the time is always ripe to pursue your heart's desires. :) go for it!!!

JVanRN

406 Posts

38 isn't old at all...I was actually one of the yougest in my class (24)...I guarantee there will be people in your class older that you. Go for it and good luck!

Siouxz2

70 Posts

Well, I heard someone answer that question once with THIS question.....

How old will you be in 4 years if you DON'T go to school?

The same age, as if you do go, right?

That was exactly my reasoning when I decided to become a nurse. I'm in my second semester of a diploma program (43 years old). I find that my years of life experience really bring a lot to my program. After being "wife and mother" for so many years, it's time for me to do something I've always wanted to do. I sure hope your family doesn't mind fast food and frozen dinners for the next couple of years, though! :rotfl:

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