Reinventing Myself (Career Change from IT to Male Nurse)


I'm seeking feedback on my upcoming nursing pursuit...

MY BACKGROUND: Male / 46yo currently in a Project Management career in the Information Technology(IT) industry. I just achieved my 28 year milestone in this industry; however, I'm looking to make a change for nursing. In my personal life, I have an affinity towards psychology, counseling/teaching, and helping others. While I'm just getting started in researching the nursing path (I.e., pre-requisites, nursing programs, etc...), I'm leaning towards a 'psychiatric' path. My children are grown and married with their own children, so I have no ties to children/family in my immediate home. I'm recently divorced (amicably).

MY INTENT: To move out of the IT industry and into a field where I am helping others and giving back to the community. To eagerly serve my time along the way; but, to start with a goal of becoming a Nurse Practitioner or beyond. (I suppose I need to have some goal(s) here so that I'm appropriately focused in my schooling choices, job decisions, etc..)

Is this too late in my life to start a nursing career?

Is my age gap in nursing programs going to be an issue? (I presume a majority of attendees are in their twenties starting out their lives/careers)

I welcome all feedback. Thanks in advance!


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I work with an RN who started nursing school in his late 50's after retiring from Goodyear. He's a great nurse. So no, you're not starting too late. If anything, all that life experience should really help you do well in school.

umbdude, MSN, APRN

1,226 Posts

Specializes in Psych/Mental Health. Has 6 years experience.

Not too late. Nursing is friendly to mature newcomers. I went to nursing school after 14 years in business and became a nurse at 41. I'm in grad school for psych NP now. How quickly you want to finish is really up to you.

Specializes in Anesthesia. Has 10 years experience.

Do it. Never too late to follow your passion and desire to give back. Second career nurse here, started an accellerated BSN when I was 31.

aquakenn, CNA

86 Posts

I'm so glad that I found this thread. I am 52 and may begin LPN training in a few months. I wasn't sure if I would be too old to start or not. You validated my decision to move forward. How about if all of us young adults get togther and take the same class together! Wouldn't that be nice.


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I will be 39 when I start my nursing Program next fall, likely 41 when its all said and done...I've read plenty of other stories of both men and women pursuing Nursing later in life. I'm already coming from a healthcare field, but I'm looking forward to learning a new set of skills, working in new environments, and eventually obtaining a NP. Go for it!