Regarding the article, “Age no deterrent to those determined to become an RN later in life” (Nurse.com/Article/Age-No-Deterrent), there is no doubt that you can return to school in your 40s and 50s to get a nursing degree, but actually becoming employed in your chosen field is not all that promising.
The older nursing student should expect to be underemployed after graduation since many employers do not want to invest in them regardless of the degree level achieved. It is much easier to mold younger nursing graduates and work them to exhaustion for less pay and benefits, and this is a common theme in nursing. It would be wise, especially for the older student, to start making connections long before graduating in hopes of getting a “foot in the door,” so to speak.
—Toni Kobe, RN licensed in Minnesota, Illinois and Florida