Now or future - page 2

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Right now I have no thoughts of going further into nursing. I wonder though are there now or maybe in the futhur different levels of training for CNA's. If there are other training how would I get access to them. I could see... Read More


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    Quote from SeattleRain
    I know it has been asked many times, but do you think 47-48 is too old to consider RN school? (Since I am so education-oriented, the question seems almost foreign!) I guess what I am really wondering is this: do you think younger students are considered more before those of us in their 40's? Anyone and everyone? Thanks!

    47-48 is NOT too old. There has been plenty of studies that prove an "older" brain can learn just as much as a "younger" one, it just MAY take a little more time to learn or "add it to your already grand collection of knowledge." NO, I don't think that younger students are considered before those in their 40's. The average age of a nursing student is 35. Plus, it has been MY EXPERIENCE and certainly not indicative of what applies to the whole, that the younger students tend to put more emphasis on fun. This leads to poorer grades in pre-reqs and thus, a greater number of older students get accepted. Most schools go by gpa. Again, I am NOT saying that younger students only care about fun. I am saying that a lot of younger students that I know care more about having fun than I do. I care about becoming a nurse. For me, fun can wait. We do have some VERY bright and mature younger students in my class, but we also have a LOT of younger students that didn't make it.

    It really comes down to grades. Are you going to work towards them or not. I think that is what the Nursing Dept.'s are looking for. They want a high first time pass rate on the NCLEX. How your academics are will help them determine this.

    Sincerely,
    jay
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    Thanks, for your perspective. It expresses my view as well~ I definitely appreciated the privilege of higher education as an adult (and) I definitely have had a better concentration level I always seem to be about the 'average' 'middle' (age-wise that is) in my classes, I have taken~ I just didn't know if my view was 'out of touch'. Thank you very much for your encouragement and response:-) Suzi
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    Quote from SeattleRain
    Thanks, for your perspective. It expresses my view as well~ I definitely appreciated the privilege of higher education as an adult (and) I definitely have had a better concentration level I always seem to be about the 'average' 'middle' (age-wise that is) in my classes, I have taken~ I just didn't know if my view was 'out of touch'. Thank you very much for your encouragement and response:-) Suzi
    When I worked on my pre-reqs, I was normally the "older" guy in class, but I was also the one studying, showing up everyday, and leaving the cell phone at home. I had a plan to get into nursing school on the first try and I did. If I was 18, well then I probably would have been more interested in the ladies or which party I was going to go to; however, I am WAY past that (thank goodness) now and I knew that every person in that class room on the first day that said "I am a pre-nursing student" was my "competition."

    In the end, it paid off. I did great on my pre-reqs, was accepted on the first try, did well in the first year of the program, and now look forward to my second and final year as a nursing student (well at least until I go for a graduate degree). Hard work pays off!!!

    Good luck and if you need any help....you are definately at the right site!

    Sincerely,
    Jay
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    Quote from SeattleRain
    I know it has been asked many times, but do you think 47-48 is too old to consider RN school? (Since I am so education-oriented, the question seems almost foreign!) I guess what I am really wondering is this: do you think younger students are considered more before those of us in their 40's? Anyone and everyone? Thanks!
    The answer to your question is "NO!" They need you. They want mature people. I was just reading statistics on the ages of people in nursing not too long ago and the age group of the 40's have it. They're the largest group of licensed nurses in practice today. My mother went to LVN school when she was 50 years old! There was never a question about her age. In fact, there were a number of women her own age in her class. She went on to work and didn't retire until she was 68. She worked in CCU. Truth be told, the younger nurses don't have the stability and maturity that the older nurses do. I'm just saying there are pros and cons to nurses of various ages. Nursing requires some degree of common sense and practicality that comes with age and experience. Get thee to a nursing program if that is what you desire. You are not too old. I have NEVER heard of any nursing school turning down an applicant because of their age.
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    Quote from Daytonite
    The answer to your question is "NO!" They need you. They want mature people. I was just reading statistics on the ages of people in nursing not too long ago and the age group of the 40's have it. They're the largest group of licensed nurses in practice today. My mother went to LVN school when she was 50 years old! There was never a question about her age. In fact, there were a number of women her own age in her class. She went on to work and didn't retire until she was 68. She worked in CCU. Truth be told, the younger nurses don't have the stability and maturity that the older nurses do. I'm just saying there are pros and cons to nurses of various ages. Nursing requires some degree of common sense and practicality that comes with age and experience. Get thee to a nursing program if that is what you desire. You are not too old. I have NEVER heard of any nursing school turning down an applicant because of their age.
    I really value your thoughts (and) I appreciate your sharing! You sound like you have a great deal of experience! The encouragement is appreciated! Thank you! Suzi


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