Is it Too Late to Start a Nursing Program?

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Switching careers later in life can be intimidating, but the great news is that you’re not alone. There are always a variety of students in nursing and nursing bridge programs, ranging from fresh out of high school, to people in their 60’s on up! Age truly is a state of mind, and there are several advantages to having a few more years on your side.

1. You Have Experience

Your age alone gives you beneficial experience that younger students simply don’t have. You are likely to be more disciplined in your studies than an 18, 19, or 20-something year old is, who may be distracted by social engagements and late-night partying. That isn’t to say that you can’t have fun too, you are just more apt to know when to call it quits than someone who is new to being an adult.

If you’re looking at this site, then you are probably also a working paramedic. As a paramedic, you’ve presumably encountered dozens (if not hundreds or thousands, depending on how long you’ve been a paramedic) of medical situations throughout the years. Being able to draw upon that in your nursing studies is a serious advantage that you have over younger students with less field experience than you.

2. You Are Taken More Seriously

There’s something to be said for the adage, “with age comes wisdom.” Fellow students, professors, and patients may be more likely to pay attention to what you say and do simply because of your age and demeanor. Hopefully your experience has given you the ability to remain level-headed in stressful situations, and confidence to make quick and important decisions. Patients may feel more comfortable being treated by someone who is more sure of themselves and doesn’t look like they just graduated from nursing school. While the bias based on appearance isn’t always fair to the younger students and nurses, it exists and you should try to take full advantage of it.

3. You Know this is What You Really Want

As a paramedic with experience, you know that you want to be come a nurse. There’s no more of that seemingly never-ending, awkward soul searching to discover the “person you are meant to be” feeling that agonizes most young adults. You know what the medical field is like, you’ve watched nurses work, done your homework, and you know you want this. Sure, we will all always have room for improvement, and hopefully we’ll continue to learn more about ourselves everyday, but it isn’t nearly the struggle that you may have faced in your younger years.

Being a nurse can keep you active and healthy, leading to a long career of helping others live to their fullest. It’s never too late to pursue your passion!