I graduated with my RN when I was 47, I graduated with my BSN when I was 56. I just graduated with my MSN and I am 59!!!! About to start a new career as a Psych NP. Age is nothing but a number.
Absolutely, I got my LPN at 46, my RN at 47, my BSN at 50, and just completed my MSN last year at 56 yrs old. Go for it!!!
I started my Nursing school journey at 46. I received my ASN at 48 and started working in the ICU. Two years later, I began travel nursing as an ICU RN. In November 2019, I started my BSN and finished in October 2020. In January 2021, I began the MSN in Nursing Education program. Five classes in, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, which set me back a little. I graduated with my MSN in Nursing Education on May 25, 2023, and was 57. Never let anyone tell you you can't because of your age. It is never too late, and you are never too old!!
Of course! I went to nursing school at age 50 and am still at it 19 years later!
YES! I became a RN at age 40 and have been working as such for 27 years so go for it. I also added some specialities along the way so keep an eye out on different areas to move into.
You most definitely can! I graduated with ADN at 40, BSN at 45 ... you can do it!
ABSOLUTELY!!! I got my BSN in my 40's with 4 kids at home and my husband on travel assignments, and my MSN in my 50's. If you have any thoughts about MSN/DNP, my suggestion would be to keep going within a year or two of the BSN instead of waiting a decade, like I did.
As my husband would remind me, "Do you want to be 40 WITH a degree or without a degree?? Either way, you'll still be 40."
You can do this! Go for it!!!
Of course, you can. Some of the best nurses are those with life experiences.
You can become a nurse at any age my former coworker was 50 when she went to school and she's getting ready to retire at 69 never to late
I am in nursing school and I am 40! The only one looking at me any sort of way is myself.
Absolutely! I became a RN at 44, going strong 11 years later!
I'll be 61 in a couple weeks and I'll graduate with my BSN Dec 15th. I'm healthy, active and strong. I love my patients (I've been a nurse extern/CNA for past year) and I'm excited to move forward with this new career. I actually have an interview tomorrow with a Labor & Delivery unit at my hospital. I even plan on getting my NP in women's health. Believe in yourself.
Signed up for my first prereq on my 40th bday....graduated with a BSN five years later, and that was 9 years ago. I have been a lot of things, including mom of 3...nursing -- not without challenges -- has been the most rewarding career I ever could have imagined. I'll graduate with my Masters in Nursing Ed this May...right before my 55th bday.
LVN at 35 , RN at 45! of course you can.
Yes. I became an RN after age 40. I have no regrets. I knew I wanted to work in psych so that's where I started. I now do mental health intensive case managememt.
And you could be president at age 80🤔
You can do it in 2-4 years. If you don’t do it, you will still be 2-4 yrs older….with nothing to show for it.
I was 36
Just graduated at 38 with a 2 year old & full time day job :) you 100% got this !!
Yes!! Don’t let age hold you back! I was an MA x 15 years before I became can RN at 35.
Can you? Sure. You absolutely can. Should you? Well....that's a whole other can of worms. I was 33. Personally, now at 52, if I had it to do over again, I would not.
I become a nurse at 60 with my BSN. It was on my bucket list! Now I work for Hospice. Never give up on a dream!!
I started nursing school at age 37, got my LPN at 38, followed with my RN at 41. I finished my BSN last year at 42, and am now in the middle of a program to get my MSN as an Acute Care NP. You're never too old to start! Best of luck to you!
I graduated with my adn at 44, my bsn at 46 and my pmhnp at 50. If I can do it so can you.
Yes, I graduated from nursing school when I was 40 -1/2. In many ways it’s an advantage (other work experience and life experience is always an asset). Just keep in mind you’re going from a world where you are at the top of your game, to losing your identity and confidence, feeling a little lost (for awhile). It’s a lot of work, it isn’t easy, I was working full time (pretty much) at the same time, but I really enjoyed the journey. You’ll always be able to get a job, you’ll have many options. Good luck!!
My mother became a nurse at almost 50. It can be done!
It is never to late and the need is there more than ever! You can do this!
Absolutely you can and we would be glad to have you! I graduated nursing school just shy of 50 years old. There is a lot to be said about life experience….
There may be some gaps and for me it was technology. I was able to navigate my challenges with it and draw off the expertise of my younger peers. They were able to draw off my study skills. Nursing school is hard and you will find the people you will connect with and you will help each other through! Embrace the experiences! Good luck!!
Absolutely! I just graduated at age 45. I got my LVN in my 20s and I feel like it was a slightly different experience than my RN.
Things that are trying about the nursing school experience at this age: your classmates may generally be younger than you, so they might stick together and you might feel a little left out. Balancing work/finances/family and classwork might cause you some stress issues. If you're not prepared for/ used to some of the things you will be exposed to in clinicals, you might experience some strong emotional reactions.
Absolutely! I started nursing school when I was 41. And there was a woman in my class who was 50!
Yes because what matters is your will and purpose. I just turned 40, I am graduating this December for my MSN and will be starting the FNP program afterwards.
Never too old to be a nurse. I get more enjoyment working as a nurse at age 66. Worked long and hard for my degree, to stop, now. Experts in life makes a well rounded nurse. Good luck! Go for it!👍
Why not? You can do anything with intent and discipline, plus life experience!
You sure can!!! I just became a nurse at 43. If it on your heart go for it!!! Don’t be afraid to step out on faith!!
Yes, definitely I just graduate myself and I am 40 ! Age is no a limitation so if you want to do it 💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻and I just pass my NCLEX on the first try ☺️
I became an RN at 56, so why not?
Yes of course
Yes you can! I was a designer for 25 years then switched gears and graduated at 40 with my BSN from Hopkins! Reinvent yourself! Nurses are needed! ☺️
For sure! I became a nurse at 42.
Yes. I’m 57 and doing it! 👍
I graduated at 51; became a med/surg RN at a large hospital, became a charge nurse within 5 years, and until our recent reogranization, I became the nurse manager of a 36-bed medical floor. With the reorg, I am now looking for another job - but that is the great thing about nursing ... there are so many different types of nursing and job opportunities.
Of course! I went to nursing school and graduated just before my 49th birthday. Granted, I was the oldest kid in my class, but not by as much as you’d think. There were several of us in our 40’s in my cohort.
I did and glad to have done so! There is no age limit, in this field.
Yes, be determined you’ll be in a class of young student nurses. BUT you have life experience.
Please don’t do it , it’s not worth the money and it only gets worse as the years pass.
Definitely.I had a co worker who became a nurse over 40 years old.I precepted a male father who ,after he was laid off work he decided to go back to school and became a nurse .He also had a son in nursing school graduating almost the same time he did.
Yes you can, you’re never too old for nursing
Absolutely, there is nothing stopping except yourself. You can do it ; other people that have done it does not have two heads lol.