Nursing studies

Why age is no barrier to becoming a nurse

Mature students have much to offer in a profession where the boundaries are ‘limitless’

Older nursing students can look forward to diverse career opportunities, while enriching the profession with their life experience

The career pathways in nursing can be attractive to mature entrants Picture: iStock

More people than ever in their late 30s, 40s and 50s are starting their training to become nurses.

Figures from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service this autumn show a sharp increase in the number of over-35s embarking on nursing degrees – up 37% on last year.

A career that offers constant career progression

This age group now accounts for a fifth of all new nursing students, a trend that could continue as the COVID-19 pandemic raises the profile of the profession.

Nichola Ashby, head of professional learning and
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