Nursing is a physical job: is there a point where you are simply too old to take on the rigors of being a brand new RN? I left my soul killing career to go for a long held dream of being a RN. I did prerequisites (take it from me: nurses are the smartest people in the world. The hardest course in my supposedly fancy grad program was nothing compared to A and P). and to my amazement got accepted into a program. At 50, I think I am definitely the oldest person in the entering class. NAs summer approached I learned that a nagging back pain stemmed from a congenital defect that requires major back surgery to avoid nerve damage. Sooooo: daaaamn. Good news is that the program, rather than have someone in clinicals who had recent back surgery, will hold my place and I can begin next year. So why am I feeling by waiting a year, recovering and getting strong, I'll be too ridiculously ancient? I feel like a freak, age-wise. So after fter all this work and luck, I feel like it's ridiculous to begin something that will now be a three year process. Should I just be happy that I have a spot and take the year to get square physically? Or should is it getting to the point where I am just in general too old to begin a physical new career and should I slink back into the drudgery of what I did before?