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Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Nurse?

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Nurse?

Megan Malugani / Monster Contributing Writer

Although people considering careers in nursing come from all walks of life, many potential nurses share a surprisingly common set of questions and concerns, such as “Can I get into nursing school?” and “Am I crazy to become a nurse at my age?” Two nurses and a nursing professor address wannabe nurses’ frequently asked questions.

Am I too old?

Nursing schools graduate nurses of all ages. “I would never tell someone that they’re too old to become a nurse,” says Krejci, who knows of a nurse who started in the profession after a 25-year business career. Age can even be an advantage. “Life experience only enhances a nurse’s ability to be as supportive as they can to their patients,” Krejci says. Adds Burnett: “You need to be energetic, enthusiastic, flexible and have a passion for learning, and those characteristics certainly do not apply to any particular age group.”

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