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Am I too old to go back to school to further my nursing education? I fear I won’t be able to keep up.

Question:

Dear Donna,

I know higher education is important and there is a push for nurses to attain additional degrees. I am a middle-aged nurse who was never a straight-A student. I am nervous about going back to school as I fear I will be the oldest one in the class and not able to keep up.

Afraid to Go Back To School

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Afraid to Go Back To School,

One question readers often ask is, “Am I too old to go back to school to further my nursing education as I fear I won’t be able to keep up?”

These fears are very common among people, including myself, who went back to school later in life. You may be surprised to find that many middle-aged and even older adults are in school pursuing higher education. Even if your fellow students are mostly younger, you have life and work experience going for you, which gives you a broader perspective on things. You will all have something to learn from each other and that is what education is all about. Read about my journey back to school years after I attended a hospital-based diploma school in the article, “Go back to school and change your life” (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Back-to-School).

Learning keeps you young and makes you feel alive. It will keep you more marketable and make you more confident.

You’ll be better equipped to contribute to healthcare and the world in general, especially since everyone is living and working longer. With education of all types, it’s better to try to keep up rather than have to catch up or worse, get left behind.

Best wishes,
Donna

By | 2014-07-17T00:00:00-04:00 July 17th, 2014|Categories: Blogs, Nursing careers and jobs|0 Comments

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