Older Nursing Students

  1. I am 50 years old and I am doing my prerequisites. I will be 51 if I get into the nursing program and 52 when I become a LPN. I took care of my mother for 10 years until she passed away in August of 2010 and I decided to go for my LPN. Am I Crazy or should I go for it.
    Anyone else did this and was successful?
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  3. by   LoriRNCM
    Me me me!!! Well, ahem..... succesful insofar as I have completed all the pre reqs and all of the co reqs and I start the ADN program in the Fall. I will be 50 when classes start up. Took me a couple years to get all the pre reqs done, and I didn't get in when I applied last year, so I started on co reqs, and now all I have left are the core NUR courses. This is a big relief because the core courses are so tough and it will cerrtainly be a big help not to have to do those pesky co reqs! So, obviously, my opinion is go for it, and as I have heard many people on here say, you will be that many years older anyway, either with or without your degree.
  4. by   HammockBound
    I think it is perfect! I love being back in class. Even if you work 10 years...that is still a long time.
  5. by   Kimynurse
    Became a LPN at 40

    Will become a RN when I turn 45

    Nope not too late
  6. by   pmabraham
    Good day, faithfl:

    I just turned 50 this past May. This past Tuesday was my first college class since 1982 (I did get an ASB in a technical school in 1984).

    I'm in pre-nursing working on prerequisites for the nursing side which is extremely competitive based on a point system.

    You can do it; we can do it.

    Go for it!
  7. by   obwon1
    I will be 40 when I start the program and heck no it is not too old! Good luck!
  8. by   silverbat
    When I was in PN school, two classmates were 55!! they did great and were very good nurses!!!!! GO FOR IT!!
  9. by   BSNbeDONE
    LPN at 21; RN at 45; BSN still in progress but rushing to get it done as a 50th birthday present. Welcome!
  10. by   GodsgirlD
    Do it!! How old will you be if you don't? My point is, it doesn't matter how old you are!!! I got my LPN at 25, I am just now starting ADN at 38, next month. With my ultimate goal of FNP, I am hoping to have this done before 50

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  11. by   DisneyNurseGal
    When I graduate in December with my BSN I will be a couple days away from turning 40! It is EVER too late to follow your dreams
  12. by   daisygarten
    I start my ADN this fall... I'll be 43 when I'm eligible to sit for my RN exam. I'm excited to bring all my life experience to the bedside in helping my patients to heal.

    We are an awesome asset to this field!!
  13. by   Kimbsntobe
    Love to read about the ages...I'm 47 will be starting pre-reqs this fall...I'm attempting to take all my pre-reqs and try and go directly into the BSN program...so I'm happy I have some company....Good luck and you should definitely go for it....
  14. by   vld123
    I think you should pursue you goals no matter what age. Go for it!