How old is too old?!?!? - page 4

Hi everyone. I am 46 years old (or young, however you want to look at it) and decided last year that it was time to go back and finish something I started back in 1984. Now, none of my credits are... Read More

  1. by   is5512
    I am 52 right now, and will be 52 when they let me in officially for the ASN course. That means 55 when I get my little gold cross. And I'm planning on going for my Masters after that (quite possibly in Psych). I would offer these two thoughts:

    1) I could do something else for the rest of my life. But that "something else" would be a waste of the life I have left.

    2) In a hundred years, the people who think I'm too old will be watching flowers grow...from underneath. And I'll still be showing up for my shift, too dadgum mean, ugly and ornery to die. I wonder what my ex-wife tally will be by then...
  2. by   jcadriel
    I am 46, and I was just accepted into the nursing program. I start in July I am nervous but this has been a dream and I want to see it through. If I can do it so can you!:wink2:
  3. by   returntonsg
    I hope you didn't back out of going to school. I went to LPN school in 1995 and failed my pharmacology exam by 3/10 of a point went back and failed it by 1/10, three months before graduation. I never finished, now it's 2009 and I'm also 36 and I'm trying to get into an RN evening program. Nursing has been something that I have wanted to do for a while, and I hope to accomplish my goal. Much Luck to you.
  4. by   Eaglelady
    Quote from Amy Married to Art
    Hi everyone. I am 46 years old (or young, however you want to look at it) and decided last year that it was time to go back and finish something I started back in 1984. Now, none of my credits are any good so I'm truly starting over. I was all excited last fall and took my Psych 101 - aced it. Then chickened out and decided I was too old for nursing school. I still went ahead and took a full load this semester - aced all four classes. This has been a dream I've buried for a long time. Any thoughts on older students getting accepted to a program and then even being able to find a job after graduation? Or just any encouragement...discouragement?
    Hi,
    I just wanted to say I was 51 when I started NS I had been a CNA for over 30 yrs but it hit me one day I wanted to go for an RN degree and as of 3 weeks ago I did just that I graduated NS and I am 54 now so I know if this is what you really want it can be done good luck to you
  5. by   elainenichols
    I graduated from nursing school when I was just short of my 40th birthday. and I graduated 5th in my class. I have never had any difficulty finding a job. I am now 65 and have just changed jobs to a nursing field I have always wanted to try and had no trouble getting the job over younger nurses. I say - go for it - in a couple of years you can either be only a couple of years older or you can be a RN. Good luck!
  6. by   Eaglelady
    Quote from is5512
    I am 52 right now, and will be 52 when they let me in officially for the ASN course. That means 55 when I get my little gold cross. And I'm planning on going for my Masters after that (quite possibly in Psych). I would offer these two thoughts:

    1) I could do something else for the rest of my life. But that "something else" would be a waste of the life I have left.

    2) In a hundred years, the people who think I'm too old will be watching flowers grow...from underneath. And I'll still be showing up for my shift, too dadgum mean, ugly and ornery to die. I wonder what my ex-wife tally will be by then...
    My feelings exactly (except for the ex wife thingy LOLOL beings I am female) but when I graduated 3 weeks ago I am 54 and love every minute of it and look forward to my many years as a RN
  7. by   LPN on the Move
    I started an LPN program at 42. That was 14 years ago. I was the oldest in my class. Since then I have worked in Med-surg, Peds, & geriatrics, in hospitals, nursing homes, & home care. I am licensed in AL, DE, MS & PA. At 56 I am moving into travel nursing. My goal is to work in every state before I quit. Best move I have ever made. GO FOR IT. :wink2:


    Last edit by sirI on Oct 7, '09
  8. by   silmas RN
    I say go for it! My knees gave out after 30+ years of hospital nursing. I went back to school at the age of 53 to become a nurse paralegal. Needless to say, I was the oldest in my class. My classmates were all around 21 - 25 years of age and were wonderful to me. I was terrified at first and was also afraid that no one would hire me at my age. I was wrong. Follow your dreams, you may never get this chance again.
  9. by   justme79
    I was 42 yo when I decided to fulfill my life long dream. I felt very insecure and inadequate. I completed my pre-reqs, during which my husband had a double CABG, and then I was accepted into the program. I graduated "Outstanding Student of the Year" (ei, valedictorian). Being older actually helped me succeed, older students tend to want/need success more. My age also helped in getting employment after graduation, I was told it brings "life experience" to the position! BTW, the oldest student in my class was 63 yo! GO FOR IT!!!!!
  10. by   mama4linda
    You'll do fine, our brains are more mature and we have alot of life experience and common sence to help us along.
    I am 51 years old and will graduate this June ! In our class we have quite a few mature adults and a fellow class mate that is 56 yr. old and he did fine in our program and we all have job offers, we just need to decide where we want to work...

    Think and stay positive,
    you can do it
  11. by   elskedeen1
    You are not too old , I too started back in 1984 taking core classes for nursing. When I was finally done with everything my son was accepted to UCLA. It was him or me, so I put my dream off again. Then my mother shattered her tibia and ended up with a skin graft to go along with her fracture. I took take care of her throughout the healing process, again another delay. In the mean time my core nursing pre-requisites became outdated per the the policy of the nursing program I wanted to atttend. So I didn't finish and for 6 years I kicked myself wishing that I had just finished and gooten my RN. My friend Rena would constantly ask me inquire about the nursing program and finish my schooling. I would say okay but knowing that I wasn't ready to retake all of the nursing pre-requisites over again. I became motiviated to finish my nursing when someone in the operating room where I worked as the anesthesia tech upset me. I wwent home that same day and called the college in Fresno California to get information on their program as I had heard they did not outdate their pre-requisites. In the mean time I also checkout the nursing proram here in Modesto where I lived. To my surprise they also had done away with the time-limit on their nurising pre-requisites. I immediately applied to their program. I was acccepted into the program on my second try. Iwas very nervous as I had not been in school in over 10 years!! It was an adjustment for everyone in my family as we went from 2 incomes to one income to no income when the company my husband worked for closed suddendly when I was in the second month of my first semester. By the grace of God, my mother, sister, and brother, brother-in-law, his wife and a friend of ours Jeff Brown we have survived nursing school and still manged to keep our home. Here I sit today having GRADUATED: from the nursing program and am now studying to take the NCLEX in two weeks. If I can do it so can you, it is something I wanted so badly and thought I would never achieve!
    GOOD LUCK AND NEVER GIVE UP!!!!
  12. by   ninolindard
    I graduated in 1997, in Sept. I'll be 60 yrs. old and am still working med/surg.at the local hospital. As you get older with more experience you'll work smarter and hopefully you'll work with real teammates like I have. Go for it!
  13. by   dmdmd
    Go For IT!!!! Never look back. Good luck!!!!

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