Have you dreamed of going into nursing school most of your life, but then, "life happened"? Now that the kids are older and out of the house, or you may be retired and have some free time you may think that your too old to go to nursing school. Don't be dismayed, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Did you know that the median age of those in nursing school are 35-45 years of age. There is about 20% of students in their late 50's to mid 60's. Yes, it's true. The main point here is that your are never too old to fulfill your dream. You know, it's a funny thing. I began nursing school when I was 48 years old. I thought to myself that I'd be 50 years old when I graduated. If I graduated. After graduating from nursing school, I then thought that'd it would be hard to find work. But as it were, I had job offers during my last semester. Which I didn't take mind you, because I knew that I needed time to study to pass my finals. During our clinical rotation it became the norm to have staff nurses approach me and ask if I was the nursing instructor, who in fact was younger than me. It kinda stung, being in a class where most students were fresh out of high school or in their mid thirties. But then I noticed in other classes there were people in the 50's and 60's. I was impressed and happy for them.
The whole point here is that the medical field needs competent nurses no matter what their age. Hospitals are more likely to hire an older nurse than a younger nurse for the shear fact that the older nurse will hang in there and not run to a different floor when the going gets tough. Many of the younger nurses prefer to move around. They want to try different floors such as OB/GYN or ER. While every other nurse is able to do this as well, the older nurses tend to prefer the job security of one job. Can't say that I was like that however. I did both home care and worked at the hospital as a float. By the way, hospitals love float nurses. It's not the easiest of jobs, because they give you the hardest patient loads, but it is fun to work on different floors.
So there you have it. I hope that I helped some in giving you the confidence to pursue a career in nursing. Oh, and by the way, hospitals will pay for your master program should you decide to further you education and payoff your nursing school loans when you hire in full time. I forgot to mention that.
Best wishes to all of you, old, young and in between. In the end we are all nurses with the same mindset of helping people. But first, before everything else, I had to take the TEAS Exam Prep and the HESI Exam prep.