NP Age

  1. Is 52 too old to start an NP career when the nurse has had 3.5 years of nursing experience and an MBA with consulting and sales experience? VERY interested in integrative health and prevention as a sole practioner. Would like some insight. Thanks,
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  3. by   zenman
    I started working as an NP at the age of 60, well actually when I had a couple weeks left at 59.
  4. by   MBARN
    WOW Zenman you made my day!
  5. by   traumaRUs
    Zenman is way cool!

    NP with an MBA - very very cool. Hot degree combo at this time. When I did my MSN I actually enrolled in a combo MSN/MBA degree but dropped the MBA because business made me gag. I wish now that I had stayed with it.
  6. by   MBARN
    LOL trauma. Well I have 20 years of sales and international business consulting experience in addition to a BSN, so just looking for my next adventure! I think private practice with an integrative medicine model would be right up my alley!
  7. by   TammyFNP2b
    GO FOR IT! I was questioning it all myself and received nothing but encouragement. I'm 46--but at this rate we'll all be working into our 80's lol !!
  8. by   Palliative Care, DNP
    You are only too old if you feel that you are. I say go for whatever makes you happy.
  9. by   Cwiema
    I am 52 also. Starting Loyola's BSN to DNP program this summer. I'll be 53 when I start. Right now I'm completing my BSN at Kaplan University Online. I have an ADN and 33 years of nursing experience. If you want it, go for it!
  10. by   mtsteelhorse
    Glad I saw this thread! I will be 51 this month and just finishing up my BSN on-line. I was debating applying to an NP program for fear I'm too old. Ha! I feel like I'm in great company now! GO FOR IT!!!
  11. by   mtsteelhorse
    Quote from zenman
    I started working as an NP at the age of 60, well actually when I had a couple weeks left at 59.
    How cool is that?!!! Any problems landing a job? You're a PMHNP correct? I'm still debating that route vs. Adult NP. How's it going for you?
  12. by   PatMac10,RN
    I would like to ask the question from another end of the spectrum. I am in my second semester of my ADN program now. I am currently 19 and will hopefully graduate at 20! It is my goal to continue straight on to my MSN-FNP. Giving myself an extra year, I figure I should be 24 or near 25 by the time I get my MSN, if that is still the requirement during that time, do you think my age will affect me getting a job as an NP? I ask this because I look really young and am always getting asked how old I am by staff and patiens at the hopsital. Thaks for your time and consideration of the matter!
  13. by   Vespertinas
    Your age may not but your lack of experience will.
  14. by   PatMac10,RN
    What experience are you referring to? Lack of NP experience? Or lack of nursing experience? Because by that time I will have 3 to 5 years of working as a nurse. Or are you saying that I will need more nursing experience than 4 years?