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Can I become a nurse at age 40?

September 20th, 2023

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.

August 30th, 2023

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!!!

September 25th, 2023

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!!

August 28th, 2022

Of course! I went to nursing school at age 50 and am still at it 19 years later!

August 28th, 2022

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.

September 20th, 2023

You most definitely can! I graduated with ADN at 40, BSN at 45 ... you can do it!

September 28th, 2023

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!!!

September 21st, 2023

Of course, you can. Some of the best nurses are those with life experiences.

September 20th, 2023

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

August 30th, 2023

I am in nursing school and I am 40! The only one looking at me any sort of way is myself.

August 27th, 2022

Absolutely! I became a RN at 44, going strong 11 years later!

October 16th, 2023

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.

October 8th, 2023

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.

September 23rd, 2023

LVN at 35 , RN at 45! of course you can.

April 30th, 2023

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.

October 19th, 2023

And you could be president at age 80🤔

September 27th, 2023

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

August 30th, 2023

Just graduated at 38 with a 2 year old & full time day job :) you 100% got this !!

August 28th, 2022

Yes!! Don’t let age hold you back! I was an MA x 15 years before I became can RN at 35.

April 30th, 2023

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.

December 1st, 2023

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!!

November 12th, 2023

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!

November 6th, 2023

I graduated with my adn at 44, my bsn at 46 and my pmhnp at 50. If I can do it so can you.

November 5th, 2023

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!!

November 9th, 2022

My mother became a nurse at almost 50. It can be done!

August 31st, 2022

It is never to late and the need is there more than ever! You can do this!

October 4th, 2023

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!!

October 3rd, 2023

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.

September 27th, 2023

Absolutely! I started nursing school when I was 41. And there was a woman in my class who was 50!

September 23rd, 2023

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.

November 9th, 2022

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!👍

September 15th, 2022

Why not? You can do anything with intent and discipline, plus life experience!

December 5th, 2023

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!!

December 3rd, 2023

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 ☺️

December 2nd, 2023

I became an RN at 56, so why not?

November 28th, 2023

Yes of course

November 20th, 2023

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! ☺️

November 19th, 2023

For sure! I became a nurse at 42.

November 5th, 2023

Yes. I’m 57 and doing it! 👍

November 2nd, 2023

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.

October 31st, 2023

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.

October 28th, 2023

I did!

October 21st, 2023

I did and glad to have done so! There is no age limit, in this field.

October 16th, 2023

Yes, be determined you’ll be in a class of young student nurses. BUT you have life experience.

October 9th, 2023

Please don’t do it , it’s not worth the money and it only gets worse as the years pass.

September 25th, 2023

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.

September 14th, 2022


September 14th, 2022

Yes you can, you’re never too old for nursing

August 28th, 2022

Absolutely, there is nothing stopping except yourself. You can do it ; other people that have done it does not have two heads lol.