38 too old for school? - page 5

Hi all! I am 38, married, two (2) children, ages 15 and soon to be 13 (boys). I have my AAS Degree. I am currently a Corporate Paralegal. I just started doing CRNA's employment agreements three (3)... Read More

  1. by   akanarn
    Quote from totallytheresa
    You certainly CAN do it, a big help to you will be, like others have said, that your kids are older, so more self sufficient, and you say your husband is your best friend? That'll make it all the better Plus you have the motivation, and that's half the battle right there! I'm in my 3rd semester, graduating in Dec 05, will turn 37 that month too... divorced with 3 kids. What propels me? My desire to be a nurse and my kids!! Good luck to you, it's really an exciting and fun time for you!!!! Theresa
    TotallyTheresa-Thanks! 3rd Semester--I officially change your name to WONDERWOMAN/SUPERWOMAN. Best of luck to you. I will be thinking about you in December. Keep me posted when you take your boards.
  2. by   akanarn
    Quote from NurseDiva04
    I am 44 yrs. old. When I finish the BSN program in Sept., I will become 45 within a few days. On yesterday, when I was observing surgery during my clinical, the CRNA approached me. She asked me if I had ever been in OR and my background. I told her I had been in OR when I used to support computer programs in the OR. My education background is degree in biology, computer info and masters in computer science. She asked me if I would be interested in anesthesia. I told her this is my plan. I told her that I will do it soon after I get my critical care experience. I told her that age is against me. She replied that I should not worry about my age. I should have asked if she was an instructor because she was observing a SRNA and this hospital have a CRNA school.
    Nursediva04-Totally awesome that you were approached. I wish you the best and your background is EXCELLENT. Wow! Thanks for your time.
  3. by   akanarn
    Quote from Valorie D
    I asked an established nurse a question similar to yours. Her reply was with the shortage of nursing student slots, we should encourage only 'young' nurses, because we would get more working years out of them.
    While this might be true, my feeling is that most of what we GIVE as nurses comes not from books or the classroom but from life experiences.
    Hang in there chick!
    Valorie D-I am can't say I am trying to hang in there, but I sure I will be saying that after Feb. when I start classes. Thanks for your reply.
  4. by   akanarn
    Quote from MFlash
    I am laughing! I am now 50. I am finished with my pre-requisits and am now currently waiting to get into nursing school full time. I will be quitting a full time job to go to school again. Are you you to old at 41? Not likely!!

    By the way, what does CRNA mean? I have seen that a lot but I don't know what it is. Good luck. You will do great because you are following your higher self.
    Mflash-are you done (smile). You have me laughing at your reply. Thanks--laughing is good. Mflash--it stands for certified registered nurse anesthesist. You know the ("put you to sleep people"). hahahahahahahaahahahahahahaa
  5. by   akanarn
    Quote from scotswoman
    No way are you too old. My friend will be 45 when she qualifies this year and I will be nearly 39. We are in the prime of ours lives and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. (except maybe when you do double shifts or don't go to bed til one and then get up at 5. ouch).

    Scotswoman-Yeah the prime! You are right. We are aged--like fine wine (smile). Thanks!
  6. by   stbernardclub
    Yes, your just too old. Go buy a rocker at the cracker barrel and get some knitting needles.:chuckle
    Quote from akanarn
    Hi all! I am 38, married, two (2) children, ages 15 and soon to be 13 (boys). I have my AAS Degree. I am currently a Corporate Paralegal. I just started doing CRNA's employment agreements three (3) years ago. Three (3) years ago I want to started nursing school and too be honest I was scared of "starting over". Now I am ready. I have a lot of prereqs., but I a fine with that. I start in Feb. My husband who is also my BEST FRIEND is extremely supportive and our children are amazing and supportive. I haven't mentioned it to one (1) person at work. When I am doing an employment agreement for one of the groups we represent I work directly with the Chief and President of Anesthesiology for surgical corp. He is affliated with major hospitals in my area. I know that he would be happy to know that he played a major role in regard to me wanting to become a CRNA. I haven't told him because he is one of my boss' clients. I was think about getting a job in a hospital, so that I could work until 3 or 4 the latest. Right now I have to work until 5:00pm and I cannot change my schedule not even for school. Back to my question. One (1) of my friends that I told said, that I was too old to begin and by the time I graduate with my RN degree I will be 41 at least. That is true I most likely will be 41 because I am going part-time. What do you think? I have prayed on it. God bless.
  7. by   lisaow
    You are only as old as you feel...

    I started nursing school when I was 37, and I just graduated in December! I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOO glad I followed through with becoming a nurse. If I had listened to my own doubts, as well as the negative comments from others, I'd still be the age I am today, sorry that I'd never gone back to school, and I would be stuck in the same thankless job I was in. I'm telling you, those few years of school really go by quickly. Yes, it is a challenge, there's no denying that. But you are mature, you've lived life, and because of your age you may be a little more savvy about prioritizing, juggling, etc. Keep talking to your husband for his support. And once you start school, develop a network of students who share similar interests and goals that you do, and be each others support system! You will be surprised how many students are nervous, fearful and afraid of change. Before you know it, the whole group of you will be up on stage graduating, and you WILL be able to look back and be so thankful that you followed through with your dream of becoming a nurse.

    Look, we only get one life, so make the most of it. Things could end tomorrow but if you try and do your best, you cannot go wrong!

    GREAT LUCK!!!!
  8. by   angelymick
    I just started this past September at the age of 41, will graduate at 42 and 3/4. Alot of the woman in my class are my age or older, some near 50. How old are you going to be if you don't do it. I have children 17, 16 and 13. My kids are so proud of me. They will gain a respect for you for doing so. Good luck:Snowman1:
  9. by   cathy Danyluk
    Quote from akanarn
    Hi all! I am 38, married, two (2) children, ages 15 and soon to be 13 (boys). I have my AAS Degree. I am currently a Corporate Paralegal. I just started doing CRNA's employment agreements three (3) years ago. Three (3) years ago I want to started nursing school and too be honest I was scared of "starting over". Now I am ready. I have a lot of prereqs., but I a fine with that. I start in Feb. My husband who is also my BEST FRIEND is extremely supportive and our children are amazing and supportive. I haven't mentioned it to one (1) person at work. When I am doing an employment agreement for one of the groups we represent I work directly with the Chief and President of Anesthesiology for surgical corp. He is affliated with major hospitals in my area. I know that he would be happy to know that he played a major role in regard to me wanting to become a CRNA. I haven't told him because he is one of my boss' clients. I was think about getting a job in a hospital, so that I could work until 3 or 4 the latest. Right now I have to work until 5:00pm and I cannot change my schedule not even for school. Back to my question. One (1) of my friends that I told said, that I was too old to begin and by the time I graduate with my RN degree I will be 41 at least. That is true I most likely will be 41 because I am going part-time. What do you think? I have prayed on it. God bless.
    I just did a 12 month refresher for my LPN license. I started at 59 years of age and finished 1 month after I turned 60! I can still keep up with the youngest ones on the ward.
    Go for it.
    Cathy
  10. by   robin29860
    This only makes about my third post, but I feel led here. I will be 37years old this fall and will hopefully be Starting my clinicals. I have a 14yo a 4yr old and a 21mth old. My best friend and husband is working in Florida and we live in South Carolina. That means I am virtually on my own with three kids-two of which arent even in school yet soooo.....YES YOU CAN DO IT!!! AND NO YOU ARE NEVER TOO OLD!! Just to add to my story, I had no college behind me at all when I started in 2003, and I wont finish my BSN until fall of 2007. GO FOR IT!!!! Time is marching on regardless...
    Robin
  11. by   allamericangirl
    I am a non-degreed high school graduate. The few college hours that I have are so long ago that I doubt if anyone could even find my transcripts. When I was 40 years old I was going through a divorce, starting a new life and was pumping myself up about starting to nursing school. A well meaning friend and my Mom both told me that I was nuts because I was too old to begin a career like nursing. I let them convince me that I was too old.

    I am now 58 years old and still want to be a nurse. I am going to be a nurse. Janurary 31st I begin my first step into nursing. I will begin classes to prepare for certification as a CNA. I have to work and go to school, so I decided that working as a CNA would be helpful in teaching me about a lot of things that I will need to know anyway. Step #2 is to get into school to be a LPN. There is a LPN program here that is 11 months going full time, or 18 months part time. When I finish the LPN I am told that I should be able to complete the RN with another year.

    If I had followed my own instincts and desires instead of listening to other people I would already be working as a Nurse. Listen to yourself. You're just a babe in the woods compared to me! Do what you want to do with your career, not what others think is right for you.

    You'll be GREAT! Good luck and God bless.
    Last edit by allamericangirl on Jan 23, '05
  12. by   akanarn
    Quote from lisaow
    You are only as old as you feel...

    I started nursing school when I was 37, and I just graduated in December! I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOO glad I followed through with becoming a nurse. If I had listened to my own doubts, as well as the negative comments from others, I'd still be the age I am today, sorry that I'd never gone back to school, and I would be stuck in the same thankless job I was in. I'm telling you, those few years of school really go by quickly. Yes, it is a challenge, there's no denying that. But you are mature, you've lived life, and because of your age you may be a little more savvy about prioritizing, juggling, etc. Keep talking to your husband for his support. And once you start school, develop a network of students who share similar interests and goals that you do, and be each others support system! You will be surprised how many students are nervous, fearful and afraid of change. Before you know it, the whole group of you will be up on stage graduating, and you WILL be able to look back and be so thankful that you followed through with your dream of becoming a nurse.

    Look, we only get one life, so make the most of it. Things could end tomorrow but if you try and do your best, you cannot go wrong!

    GREAT LUCK!!!!
    lisaow-Thank you. Especially about the networking tip. I love it. Please contact me again some time in Dec, so that I can be there for you--like you are with me. Best of luck.
  13. by   akanarn
    Quote from allamericangirl
    I am a non-degreed high school graduate. The few college hours that I have are so long ago that I doubt if anyone could even find my transcripts. When I was 40 years old I was going through a divorce, starting a new life and was pumping myself up about starting to nursing school. A well meaning friend and my Mom both told me that I was nuts because I was too old to begin a career like nursing. I let them convince me that I was too old.

    I am now 58 years old and still want to be a nurse. I am going to be a nurse. Janurary 31st I begin my first step into nursing. I will begin classes to prepare for certification as a CNA. I have to work and go to school, so I decided that working as a CNA would be helpful in teaching me about a lot of things that I will need to know anyway. Step #2 is to get into school to be a LPN. There is a LPN program here that is 11 months going full time, or 18 months part time. When I finish the LPN I am told that I should be able to complete the RN with another year.

    If I had followed my own instincts and desires instead of listening to other people I would already be working as a Nurse. Listen to yourself. You're just a babe in the woods compared to me! Do what you want to do with your career, not what others think is right for you.

    You'll be GREAT! Good luck and God bless.
    allamericangirl---I ADMIRE YOUR DRIVE, DETERMINATION AND ATTITUDE. I WISH ONLY THE VERY BEST FOR YOU. I WILL KEEP YOU IN MY PRAYERS. PLEASE LET ME KNOW HOW YOU ARE DOING ALONG THE WAY.

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