Am I too old to become an NP? - page 3

I'm 43 y/o and thinking of becoming an NP. I will be an NP by 50 y/o. uhhh! Is that too old to make all the hard work worth it? I would do Family Practice. That gives me 10-12 yrs to work, then it... Read More

  1. by   mtsteelhorse
    Quote from rnMomm
    Thanks for the encouragement!!! I'm going for it!
    I hope you do. This thread has been very encouraging for me as well. I just got back from a walk where I was contemplating the issue of grad school. I asked for a sign...came in to find your post. Thanks!
  2. by   nur500
    Same situation.I don"t know if this post is still on. I'm 43 Rn. have a BsN on something else.I'm down here in S.Florida.I think it would take be about 46 months to become NP between the bachelors and the NP.I don't know if still worth it.I don't work to much as Rn already but still NP itas way better. I think I'll be done by 48 if I do the Barry Univ program.
  3. by   egregious
    Quote from nur500
    I think I'll be done by 48 if I do the Barry Univ program.
    It looks like you are looking at 4 years with the post-baccalaureate option. This is what I did - I had a previous unrelated BS degree, so I sorta did an RN-FNP program.
    See here: Post-Baccalaureate DNP : Doctoral Programs : College of Nursing and Health Sciences : Barry University, Miami Shores, Florida
  4. by   MickyB-RN
    I am 51 and am planning on beginning a Post MSN NP program when I am 52. I will be 55 when it is complete. I thought I was too old. I don't see myself having the ability to retire prior to the age of 67. So, I am going to go for it. I will enjoy what I am doing.
  5. by   jensfbay
    I'm so glad to have found this thread. I have two children, I'm 40, and I work part time as a bedside RN. I'm seriously contemplating about getting my NP and have been discouraged by the tuition, my age, and etc.
  6. by   MaleFNP01
    Attention All: I am so tired about hearing nurses complain about the cost of is how I got my RN, NP and DNP for free and received $750. stipend ...I simply joined the military and they paid for everything! Why doesn't anyone ever think of this route of action instead of complaining ???
  7. by   jensfbay
    I am a military vet and used my first gi bill for my first undergraduate degree. I also served during Iraqi freedom and qualified for post 9/11 gi bill but unfortunately expired by the end of this month.
    I have thought about joining again, but I am 40 years old with two young children. I would rather pay for my loans post NP than risk being deployed again like I did 10 years ago.

    People have different reasons why they don't utilize the military route to pay for their school.
    Good for you for doing that! Unfortunately, many people probably have different reasons for not doing what you did. We need to support each other instead of criticizing others' decision.