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Can I Become a Nurse at Age 50?

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Question:
After a long and unhappy career in business, I am ready to reinvent myself at the age of 50. Is it too late to get into nursing? I know it's a physical field but I'm in better shape than most young people I know.

Answer:
Hi and thanks for your question. Fifty years old? You're still young! Some nurses who began their nursing career at a younger age may be winding down when they reach 50, but many nurses only begin their career later in life. So, don't let age stop you, particularly if you feel that it's the right move for you.

You must first decide which program you would like to follow to become a nurse. LPN programs, to become a licensed practical nurse, are the shortest in time for study. However, if you have some sort of degree already, perhaps in business, you may get some credit for this if you apply for an registered nurse degree program. This way, you could graduate with your bachelor's in nursing, a BSN.

You should also look at the type of learning you want. Do you want to study in a traditional school environment or would you prefer to follow an online nursing program, as much as possible. Of course, some courses and your clinical experience can't be done online. The advantages to online education include being able to continue working at your current job if you want while you follow your nursing program.

Don't let your age stop you from achieving your dream of studying nursing. If it takes two or three years to reach your goal, you will be 52 or 53. But, if you don't go into nursing, you will still be 52 or 53 in two or three years, right?

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