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To late to start?

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by Mburciaga Mburciaga (New) New

How's it going everybody.

My name is Manuel and I'm 35 years old, married with two awesome kids. I've been working in the diesel mechanic field for 17 years, part time EMT-B for the past 6 years and been a volunteer firefighter for the past 3 1/2 years. I love the medical side of the fire service but it's been 8 years trying to get in. But I finally landed the job in 2016, but got a injury that took me out of the fire academy. My question is this. Is it to late for someone like me to become a RN? I would love to become a ER Nurse one day. It goes hand in hand with my past work experience. Just don't know if it's a little to late to get into the game at this point. I don't see many guy nurse out there so I don't know if it's the right choice. Any advice would help out. Thanks. Laterz ✌🏼

Don't let gender influence your decision-I know plenty of guy nurses who are great.

And 35 isn't too late. What matters is if you can afford to take the time away from work to complete the schooling.

Good luck with whatever you choose!

OldDude

Specializes in Pediatrics Retired.

I graduated from nursing school at 43, went straight into a pedi ER, two kids, 4 and 2...

So there.

Too late to start?

Nope.

Your age and experience will only act to supplement your nursing ability. I know a nurse who was a medic and became an RN because he was worried about his back after doing some bad lifts as an EMT. His back still hurts, but the pay and job security are better. Now or never. Try getting a job in an ER while in nursing school as a tech or something to get your foot in the door.

Davey Do

Specializes in around 25 years psych, 10 years medical. Has 42 years experience.

Welcome to AN.com, Mburciaga!

I became an RN at the age of 33. But, then again, I was an LPN at 26, and an EMT at 22.

Go for it!

ILUVERNSG, MSN, RN

Specializes in ICU, ER, NURSING EDUCATION. Has 28 years experience.

Go for it Manuel.

Definitely not too old.

Guest957596

Specializes in BSN, RN-BC, NREMT, EMT-P, TCRN. Has 3 years experience.

How's it going everybody.

My name is Manuel and I'm 35 years old, married with two awesome kids. I've been working in the diesel mechanic field for 17 years, part time EMT-B for the past 6 years and been a volunteer firefighter for the past 3 1/2 years. I love the medical side of the fire service but it's been 8 years trying to get in. But I finally landed the job in 2016, but got a injury that took me out of the fire academy. My question is this. Is it to late for someone like me to become a RN? I would love to become a ER Nurse one day. It goes hand in hand with my past work experience. Just don't know if it's a little to late to get into the game at this point. I don't see many guy nurse out there so I don't know if it's the right choice. Any advice would help out. Thanks. Laterz âœŒí ¼í¿¼

Is 35 too old? Seriously? Not giving you a hard time, but this question has been asked on this forum a bazillion times. The answer is this: "It's never too late to be what you might have been" (George Elliot). I started nursing school at 57. It's too late when you're dead!

Guest957596

Specializes in BSN, RN-BC, NREMT, EMT-P, TCRN. Has 3 years experience.

How's it going everybody.

My name is Manuel and I'm 35 years old, married with two awesome kids. I've been working in the diesel mechanic field for 17 years, part time EMT-B for the past 6 years and been a volunteer firefighter for the past 3 1/2 years. I love the medical side of the fire service but it's been 8 years trying to get in. But I finally landed the job in 2016, but got a injury that took me out of the fire academy. My question is this. Is it to late for someone like me to become a RN? I would love to become a ER Nurse one day. It goes hand in hand with my past work experience. Just don't know if it's a little to late to get into the game at this point. I don't see many guy nurse out there so I don't know if it's the right choice. Any advice would help out. Thanks. Laterz ✌🏼

Is 35 too old? Seriously? Not giving you a hard time, but this question has been asked on this forum a bazillion times. The answer is this: "It's never too late to be what you might have been" (George Elliot). I started nursing school at 57. It's too late when you're dead!

nurse2033, MSN, RN

Specializes in ER, ICU.

It's only too late if you think so. If you are done growing, then yes. I was over 40 when I became a nurse, joined the military, learned to snowboard and mountain bike. Try to keep up junior... ;)

My son was afraid of gender stereo typing so he got his first degree in sports management. Did not like it and went on to be RN and loves it. I am practitioner and I will tell you we need more men! P.S. I did not return to school until I was 30. Age is just a number.

Devon Rex, ADN, BSN

Specializes in Rehab, Ortho-Spine, Med-Surg, & Psych. Has 5 years experience.

I was 41 when I went into nursing school... now 47 I have a BSN and 4 years of experience under my belt. Currently considering MSN. I love being a nurse !

Flames9_RN, BSN, RN, EMT-B

Has 10 years experience.

I started my ADN program at 35....lot of older people than I in the program, 1 was in her 60s! I htink there were only like 10 of us guys in the program out of like 130 students! But more and more men are going into nursing.

Bumex, DNP, NP

Specializes in Assistant Professor, Nephrology, Internal Medicine. Has 11 years experience.

No way man. Like everyone else said, age is a number, not an ability. Good luck! Nursing school is a powerful experience. The nursing profession as a whole is vast and rewarding.

Not too old at all. I've seen many successful new entries to the field much older than you.

The only caveat: many areas of nursing are pretty physical - lots of walking and standing, lifting and moving heavy patients, holding in one position or another for an uncomfortably long time, etc. As a man, you might find that you are often asked to assist in the physical aspects of care for other nurses, as well. You didn't specify what kind of injury took you out of the fire academy, but just be aware that some injuries might also affect a career in nursing.

FDBMath, ADN, RN

Specializes in Emergency Department. Has 2 years experience.

As others have said, 35 is not too old. I am 43 and just started (about to start my 3rd week).

Orca, ASN, RN

Specializes in Corrections, psychiatry, rehab, LTC. Has 26 years experience.

I finished my RN program at 40. The median age in my class was 35, and two of my classmates were in their mid 50s when they finished. If it's what you want, go for it. Good luck to you.

I am 38 and just started my prereqs this semester. I'll be over 40 by the time I am an RN. If I can do it anyone can.

nursemike, ASN, RN

Specializes in Rodeo Nursing (Neuro). Has 12 years experience.

I graduated with my ASN at 48.