Should I start nursing studies at age 59?
Last year Patricia asked Nurse Uncut readers whether she should start nursing studies at age 49. Now Paul, who is 10 years older, has the same question. Do those 10 years make a difference? Does he have enough time to study and then start a nursing career?
In fact, many nurses work into their 80s and even 90s – for example, this incredible woman is still working part-time at age 97!
Here’s Paul’s question [photo of Paul on right]: I have been a house-dad for the last 15 years. My kids are now quite independent and I am currently doing a Cert IV in Disability, which I am enjoying very much. I am seriously considering a Bachelor of Nursing next year. I know the study will be very challenging but I am confident I can do it.
My only worry is that I am 59 years old and so will complete the degree when I am 62. I am concerned about reports of ageism and worry that I may not get a job. I also live in regional Victoria where they have not quite caught up with big city thinking.
This is something I really want. I need as much feedback as possible, good or bad.
What do you think? Should I just go for it and hope for the best?
Please give Paul your feedback in comments below.
Previously on Nurse Uncut:
- Should I start nursing studies at age 49?
- Older workers, technology and stereotyping part 4
- Older workers, technology and stereotyping part 3
- Older workers, technology and stereotyping part 2
- Older workers, technology and stereotyping part 1
- Demeaning stereotypes a threat to older workers
- ‘Hazing’ – the hostile initiation of a new nurse