Is 26 too old to go back to school? - page 21

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Hi, I'm currently working on obtaining my BSN in nursing. Before this degree, I pursued a BA in education. I thought that I wanted to be a teacher. After all it was something that I'd wanted to do since childhood. However, once... Read More


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    The average age in my class is about 28.
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    Not at all, especially since life experience is a huge asset to bring before starting just about any program. I started the Bachelor of Nursing program at 26 and am just about finished and don't think i would have been successful if i had started straight out of high school (can only speak for myself).

    From what i have seen, those who have have done well in pursing a nursing career are those that are simply organized, responsible and resourceful (and determined) regardless of how old they are.

    If you have these qualities you could start 20 years from now and still succeed. Age doesn't matter.
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    Quote from fd5151
    Not at all, especially since life experience is a huge asset to bring before starting just about any program. I started the Bachelor of Nursing program at 26 and am just about finished and don't think i would have been successful if i had started straight out of high school (can only speak for myself).

    From what i have seen, those who have have done well in pursing a nursing career are those that are simply organized, responsible and resourceful (and determined) regardless of how old they are.

    If you have these qualities you could start 20 years from now and still succeed. Age doesn't matter.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you...I especially appreciated the "organized, responsible and resourceful (determined)" part...
    As for the 20 years from now...
    I'm already 52...will be 55 when I get the RN...so I missed that 20 by a bunch! However, I know where I'm at and where I'm headed...something I didn't know even 20 years ago...so your point is well made.
    Take a bow!
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    i received my rn when i was 36....now i am almost 45 and have just been accepted into a bsn program.....but i won't stop there....i plan get my msn so that i can teach. :wink2: you are never too old!
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    You are never too late to go back to school! I am 37 and in my 1st semester of nursing school. When I was taking some of my prerequisites there was a woman in her 60's who walked out of her current job and was going back to school to be a nurse!!! You can do it!

    Quote from anouk
    Hi, I'm currently working on obtaining my BSN in nursing. Before this degree, I pursued a BA in education. I thought that I wanted to be a teacher. After all it was something that I'd wanted to do since childhood. However, once midway through college something inside of me clicked. I didn't really want to be a teacher, but because I was halway through the program, and had taken loans I decided to go through with it anyway. I took my test for my credentials and once I found myself in the classroom setting, I realized that it was not what I wanted to do and should have trusted my gut instinct instead.

    I was always drawn to nursing. Especially when in my junior year of college I went to my doctor and he misdiagnosed my symptoms of being the result of stress. I went to the school NP, and she ran test and found out it was more than stress. (I was SEVERELY anemic)

    I was impressed and wanted to make a career change before I started my career as a teacher but was to scared to do so.

    To make a long story shorter, everyone in my extended family keeps asking me why am I still in school. The one that really bugs me is everyone saying that I'm simple to old to go back to school. Should I be offended? Has anyone else heard someone say they were to old?
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    Im 23 and the youngest in my class. Most are in their 30 and we have a few grandparents in there too. Youre never too old to go back to school, learning is life long
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    Quote from anouk
    hi, i'm currently working on obtaining my bsn in nursing. before this degree, i pursued a ba in education. i thought that i wanted to be a teacher. after all it was something that i'd wanted to do since childhood. however, once midway through college something inside of me clicked. i didn't really want to be a teacher, but because i was halway through the program, and had taken loans i decided to go through with it anyway. i took my test for my credentials and once i found myself in the classroom setting, i realized that it was not what i wanted to do and should have trusted my gut instinct instead.

    i was always drawn to nursing. especially when in my junior year of college i went to my doctor and he misdiagnosed my symptoms of being the result of stress. i went to the school np, and she ran test and found out it was more than stress. (i was severely anemic)

    i was impressed and wanted to make a career change before i started my career as a teacher but was to scared to do so.

    to make a long story shorter, everyone in my extended family keeps asking me why am i still in school. the one that really bugs me is everyone saying that i'm simple to old to go back to school. should i be offended? has anyone else heard someone say they were to old?
    this is my first post, but i just wanted to tell you, very emphatically, no - you are not too old! i was 24 when i realized all i wanted to do was become a nurse. i was finishing my b.a. in communications and i wasn't sure why... so i began the long road while working full-time until i got into a program. my original goal was to become a crna (like so many others) but my focus has since changed now that i'm more aware of all that nursing has to offer. when i mapped out my timeline, i was quite disheartened knowing i would be (gasp!) 31 when i was finally finished!!! eeeek! and even more scary was the knowledge that things don't always go as planned. (truly, they haven't....but i'm almost to the finish line now, so all that matters is that i'm getting where i intended to go all along.)

    but the best words of advice i had came from my father. he said "so? you're going to turn 31 anyway. you might as well turn 31 as a nurse....be what you want to be." simple as that. i've never looked back!! i knew i would kick myself if i didn't start. another year would pass by and i'd be thinking the same thing: gee, if i had started last year, i'd already be a year into it and only have x years left...

    i wish you the best of luck and if you want it badly enough, it will happen. as for the family always asking about why you're still in school, i just tell 'em "i'm a lifer!" ya gotta love your family, but i realized the ones that ask those questions do so because they just don't understand. i am confident i will be happy with my career choice for the rest of my life. can they say that??
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    Hi, I started my nursing career almost 13 years ago. Between owning a restaurant and having 3 small children, I didn't finish. I am now 36 and going back to school this August to start over again!! Just finished my CNA and working in a nursing home. I can't wait to get back to school. Don't let your age decide your future!! Good Luck!!
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    No way! I went back to get my LPN at age 46, and went on and got my RN at age 48. Even though I don't have that many years left, I still feel I have enough left to give all I can and do what God intended me to do. I've learned one good lesson in my journey through life is that God works in his own time and everything has a purpose.

    Congrats on beginning your journey!
    Teena
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    I am 25 and about to graduate this December. Go to allnursingschools.com and look for what they call a "Second Degree" nursing program. You can get a B.S.N. in 12-15 months, depending on the program you are enrolled in. Although extremely accerlerated and fast-paced, it is well worth it. If you decide on a second-degree program, you will have to realize this will be your life, and I mean LIFE for the next year or so. More and more second-degree programs are popping up around the U.S. I currently am enrolled in Robert Morris University's program, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Good Luck with everything!


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