38 too old for school? - page 6

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 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
    Robin29860-WOW! God is certainly blessing you. You are really doing so much and teaching your children what a great mother and role model you are for them. Best of luck to you. Thanks for your reply.
  2. by   akanarn
    Quote from cathy Danyluk
    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
    Cathy cathy cathy----ALL I CAN SAY IS YOU ARE TRULY INSPIRATIONAL. I AM SURE YOU DO KEEP UP WITH THEM. STAY STRONG (SMILE). THANKS CATHY.
  3. by   akanarn
    Quote from stbernardclub
    Yes, your just too old. Go buy a rocker at the cracker barrel and get some knitting needles.:chuckle

    Stbernardclub-not sure if you are joking or not. But if you are (hahahaha), with all this feedback, I had no idea that 38 isn't old at all. If you aren't joking, that's ok too. I am going to pursue and do my best. However, I wish you the very very best if you are pursing your career or if you are already established. Thanks for your reply.
  4. by   crazy_grams2003
    Quote from betsyMT2003
    At my school, 38 is the average age of the nursing students, so I guess I'm right on track - just turned 38 in December, and I certainly don't consider myself too old for this! When you stop and think about all the working years ahead of us, wouldn't you rather be spending them in a job that you really want to do? That's how I'm looking at it anyway... This is my first semester back in school, and I pushed off the nursing courses until the fall so that I could spend this semester and the summer semester working on A&P, micro, and sociology, all of which I never took my first time around in college. I absolutely can't wait to begin the nursing courses in the fall! Best of luck to you as you pursue your dream!
    Hi i too am going back to nursing school and i am a young 44... i don't think you are ever too old if its something you really want, my daughter is 22 and is going with me , she thinks its cool that she and her mom are in nursing school togerther!!!
  5. by   ZAHMAN
    38 may be too old for your friend, but it doesn't sound too old for you. You have a great support system within your family. If your friend is not supportive of you going back to school, well I think that person is not to much of a friend. Take this into consideration for fueling your desire to becoming a nurse, what were you doing three years ago, sitting in the same chair, same office. Get my point! Take care and good luck with your new career path.
    ZAHMAN.
  6. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    I am 31. IT'S NEVER TOO LATE!!

    Frankly, 31, 38, 58, or 61....wouldn't matter to me! I have to know that when I die (hopefully when I am really old), that I didn't live a life of regret knowing I never finished my dream to become an RN.


    Don't let anyone stop you from it either! Good luck in school!
  7. by   sproutsfriend
    Quote from Trauma Tom
    Akanarn,

    This is a post I posted to some time ago concering someone who asked a similar question to yours concerning their age and CRNA school. Hope this helps.

    After twenty years in the restaurant business, I changed careers and started Nursing school at 46. I had a previous bachelor's degree so I went through an ADN to finish and get working as fast as possible. After 4 semesters in an ADN program I passed my boards and started working in a SICU at a Level One Trauma center. While working full-time I worked on my BSN. I finish my BSN next month. I applied to 5 schools, interviewed at all five, was an alternate at 2 and accepted at 2. I will be starting my CRNA program a few months short of my 50th birthday! Can you do it? Absolutely! You just have to decide this is what you want to do. Forget worrying about your age. I was worried about it all during school until I interviewed. It was only an issue to me. They did not care. I have been in school for the last three years non stop and will soon be going full time for another 7 semesters. If this old ....
    can do it at 50, you can certainly do it at 43. Good luck!!!

    I am about to finish my 8th month of anesthesia school and love it. I do not consider my age to be a disadvantage at all.
    Trust me, I know this guy, he must be older than 50. I'd say he's in his 70's. Talk about geriatric grad students.
  8. by   Trauma Tom
    Please excuse my classmate, Sproutsfriend, he is easily confused. You see our school has an equal opportunity policy, and as such they will make any reasonable adjustments to accommodate those students who are challenged, including those who are neurologically challenged. I know for a fact that Sproutsfriend's age is within 10 years of my own. In fact, when I asked him why he wanted to go to CRNA School at his age, he replied, "I thought it was a school for the Cantankerous Retired Nurses of Alabama."

    Quote from sproutsfriend
    Trust me, I know this guy, he must be older than 50. I'd say he's in his 70's. Talk about geriatric grad students.
  9. by   lovelee
    hey, im a new nursing grad and i was wondering whats a crna???? and how do you like being an rn??
    Quote from carvanaragon
    this is my first year of rn job and after my contract ( 1 year ), i want to go to crna. i dont know know how to start things. pls help..

    thanks....
  10. by   MFlash
    Quote from Trauma Tom
    Please excuse my classmate, Sproutsfriend, he is easily confused. You see our school has an equal opportunity policy, and as such they will make any reasonable adjustments to accommodate those students who are challenged, including those who are neurologically challenged. I know for a fact that Sproutsfriend's age is within 10 years of my own. In fact, when I asked him why he wanted to go to CRNA School at his age, he replied, "I thought it was a school for the Cantankerous Retired Nurses of Alabama."
    Thanks for making me laugh!
  11. by   Kyriaka
    You are never too old to learn. Even if you were 100.

    I am 38 working on my BSN changing careers from accounting.
  12. by   bluebirdinc
    I am 57 and will not complete my RN until I am 58. I still plan to go on and get my BSN and if possible a FNP. It has been hard for me but it is worth it. Never quit anything because of what the "norm" is. It is those of us outside of the "norm" that makes the "norn" norm. Good Luck.
  13. by   DianeRNOCN
    :Melody: Go for it, I did the same thing... Went back class by class to see how I did I grad. at 35, with 2 year degree and now at 51 am 8 classess grom my bsn then off to my masters when I grad in 89 We had a clasmate who was 65 at graduation, He husband retired and she said I am not staying home with him on the couch al day, as I heard latley she is stil working in the new born nursing, just go for it... just another day ........ Diane
    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.

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