I am 50 years old.
Am I too old to persue becoming a nurse? I have a successful career in the computer training field and am looking to do something different and more fullfilling for the rest of my working years. I started out my college degree in nursing but changed it and have thought for a long time that I should have stayed with this major. I have a BS in Business Administration.
After doing internet research, I thought I'd have to get a BSN and many schools do have an accelerated program to turn a non-nursing BS into a BSN. This would take approximately 2 years. After reading a few posts here, I discovered that I can get an ADN degree to become an RN, I'm not sure how long this takes.
So my questions are:
1. Am I too old? I'd probably be 52-53 after getting a degree. I am in good health and can afford to "take 2 years off" from my current job.
2. Is an ADN degree good enough or should I persue the BSN degree?
3. About how much can I expect to make per year (or per hour) in an entry level nursing job in a hospital on a med/surg floor? I live in the southeast.
4. Would I hate a change in careers at my age?
Any help will be appreciated! TIA!