18 y/o RN! - page 4

Last week while at work I met a very bright young woman. I noticed how young she looked and that her name badge said RN so I had to ask. She is 18 years old. She graduated at age 17 from a 2... Read More

  1. by   kukukajoo
    Reading about all these LPN Programs in high school. Can someone explain how this works? I am assuming that it is a vocational education course of some sorts but I really would like to know exactly how it is set up and the coursework, etc.

    It just seems like a partial solution to the nursing shortage and I would love to see this brought to our local vocational technical center. I would also love to see hairdressing there too.
  2. by   nghtfltguy
    All I have to say is good for her!! I had a girl in my RN program that was 18, turned 19 right before graduation and she is awesome! She now works in the ICU and loves it.
    I wish they had have had an LPN class in my high school as well, that would have been awesome, of course, looking back on myself then, I would have not enrolled in it because I was too busy with my sports car, my girlfriend, and golf....

  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    That is very impressive. I had a good friend who got her RN at 19. She had gone to comm college in afternoons getting all her pre-req's knocked out and was in nursing school the summer after graduation. She finished at 19 and was, I think, quite literally born to be a nurse. She spent her summers "candy striping" while the rest of us jokers were playing at the beaches and pools. I wonder how she is today.
  4. by   gt4everpn
    Quote from kukukajoo
    Reading about all these LPN Programs in high school. Can someone explain how this works? I am assuming that it is a vocational education course of some sorts but I really would like to know exactly how it is set up and the coursework, etc.

    It just seems like a partial solution to the nursing shortage and I would love to see this brought to our local vocational technical center. I would also love to see hairdressing there too.
    NO I DON'T THINK MOST ARE VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS. YOU COMPLETE REGULAR CLASSES PLUS BASIC HEALTH CLASSES IN YOUR FIRST TWO YEARS OF H.S THEN YOUR 3RD AND 4TH YEAR YOU ARE ACTUALLY LEARNING LPN MATERIAL , WELL ATLEAST THIS IS HOW MY H.S DID IT, MY SCHOOL ALSO HAD E.M.T, MEDICAL ASSISTANT, AND DENTAL.
  5. by   melissar121
    I'm currently in an ADN program and one of my classmates turned 18 this semester. when we graduate next year, she'll be 19!!
  6. by   allantiques4me
    Quote from jollyjenny
    Wow! I admire her! I also wish I would've had my act together when I was that age! I was too busy partying and goofing off. If I could only do it all over...:smackingf
    Me too! I hear Ya!Although I was in the medical field at age 16.
  7. by   arciedee
    Quote from kukukajoo
    Reading about all these LPN Programs in high school. Can someone explain how this works? I am assuming that it is a vocational education course of some sorts but I really would like to know exactly how it is set up and the coursework, etc.

    It just seems like a partial solution to the nursing shortage and I would love to see this brought to our local vocational technical center. I would also love to see hairdressing there too.
    kukukajoo, I know that the voc center at the high school in your town offers a health sciences program that allows the students to become LNAs, but I, too, would like to see they bring the LPN education to that level (perhaps with an agreement with the NHCTCs to bridge to the RN). But I don't know how they would do the coursework in conjunction with the regular HS curriculum, especially for the clinical component.
  8. by   raskolnikov
    I love that they have these programs in the high schools. Some people know what they want to do early on and if they can start doing that great. High school, in my opinion, is quite a waste. But of course, I'm biased because I left after 10th grade to begin college because I was bored.
  9. by   RNsRWe
    Nice to hear success stories like this. All too often I come across 17, 18, 19 year olds who are SO immature I wonder how they manage to feed themselves....and then I realize they don't, Mommy and Daddy still do, LOL!

    Good for her, this young RN. She's what the profession needs.
  10. by   kito4149
    U GO GIRLS!!!!!! Wish I had that opportunity @ 18!!!!!
  11. by   PMFB-RN
    Quote from PMFB-RN
    Last week while at work I met a very bright young woman. I noticed how young she looked and that her name badge said RN so I had to ask.
    She is 18 years old. She graduated at age 17 from a 2 year LPN program her high school had. She then went directly to one of Wisconsin's technical colleges and got her ADN in 9 months. She currently works in a critical care unit of a large hospital and tells me she is enrolled in an online RN to BSN program. She wants to become a travel nurse after she gets a couple years in critical care and her BSN. By then she should be the ripe old age of 20 with a BSN and two years critical care experience! Her long term goal is to become a CRNA or FNP.
    I admire her ambition and wish I had had my act so together at such a young age.
    *** Just wanted to update you all on this young lady. She finished two years in our 24 bed SICU as well as an online RN to BSN and has been accepted to CRNA school. She starts in May 2010 (she will be 21 years old). She just left on a travel assingment in San Diego Ca. She plans to complete two 13 week travel assingments then take some time off before starting CRNA school in May. She is still single despite several surgical residents falling all over her for the last two years.
    Last edit by PMFB-RN on Aug 5, '09
  12. by   SamAcct
    Quote from sockmonkey70
    If I would have stuck with Nursing when I first started college instead of chickening out and changing majors, I would have finished at 19. But now looks like I should be finishing up and starting as an RN at 23 (with an unrelated Bachelor's degree under my belt as well) and I feel like a partial failure for finishing it so late.. If I had been determined enough the first time I would be done by now..

    Some of us aren't as worried about partying as getting an education. I personally just love learning. I have gone to college every summer since my junior year of HS. Of course I have the occasional girls night out..But who doesn't?

    I can relate, I'm in accounting and now going back to school to get my AAS-RN. It took me all this while (I'm 29) to finally "find" what I really want to do. I really admire people who know what to do from an early age, kudos to all of you RN young'ins!
  13. by   SamAcct
    Quote from jill48
    I'm feeling extremely stupid right now.
    lol! :chuckle Don't be, at least you have 12 yrs of experience!

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