Help me decide!

  1. I am a 57 y/o female, practiced 30 yrs as an LVN. I would like to go back to school, but have doubts d/t my age. It will probably be time to retire by the time I'm done. I have the prereqs for a ADN program at my local CC, but would like to finish about 6 more courses that would allow me to transfer to UT for the BSN program. Nursing is all I know(and LOVE). Most of my family is in the medical field. Should I go for the short course or go for the Gusto? Someone help me out. Thanks for all responses in advance!
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   santhony44
    Go for the gusto.

    If you're not going to do what you really want to do at 57, when will you do it?

    Even if it doesn't make economic sense- and I don't agree that this is the case- do it for yourself.

    Don't worry about your age. You will do just fine.
  4. by   txspadequeenRN
    i have been in your shoes and my advise to you is to do the bsn program. it will take you just about the same amount of time. i know at my cc the transition is 3 semesters and at the university it is 4 semesters....good luck to you


    Quote from kodydc
    i am a 57 y/o female, practiced 30 yrs as an lvn. i would like to go back to school, but have doubts d/t my age. it will probably be time to retire by the time i'm done. i have the prereqs for a adn program at my local cc, but would like to finish about 6 more courses that would allow me to transfer to ut for the bsn program. nursing is all i know(and love). most of my family is in the medical field. should i go for the short course or go for the gusto? someone help me out. thanks for all responses in advance!
  5. by   nyapa
    Count age out of it! Do it!
  6. by   kodydc
    Thanks ya'll for your quick response. You know what? Even if I didn't use it for very long, I would still have the satisfaction of knowing I had achieved my dream before I died.

    Thanks again.
  7. by   suzy253
    Absolutely go for it! I just graduated nursing school last year at age 53 and am loving it. Just the personal satisfaction knowing that you learned and continue to learn is worth it. Good luck to you.
  8. by   SuesquatchRN
    Go for the gold. BSN.
  9. by   carolinapooh
    If you go for the ADN (which would be fine, btw), you'd find yourself wondering at graduation if you could have done the BSN. Why wonder?

    I am about to complete the accelerated BSN program at Duke. There is a 54 year old woman in our class who will be pinned along with us on December 8. If she can do it, you can do it too!

    Good luck and keep us posted!
  10. by   Tweety
    Is the expese justified if you're going to retire in a few after getting it?

    What are your goals? Can you fulfill them with an ADN? It might take you the same amount of time to get the BSN, but there will be more courses and more expense, but in addition to the nursing you'll have to take things like research, community health, leadership, etc. courses that are going to be time consuming and expensive.
  11. by   leslie :-D
    i would heartily recommend going for your bsn.
    yes, it will take a bit longer and will be more expensive.
    but the cost of personal and professional satisfaction?
    priceless.
    we support you in reaching for your stars.
    and the best of everything to you.

    leslie
  12. by   NursingAgainstdaOdds
    Follow your bliss, girl!

    I was 26 when I graduated from nursing school, and I can say the "non-traditional aged" students were the people I got along best with. Probably because they were usually way more down-to-earth than the students my own age.
  13. by   P_RN
    3 words: YOU GO GIRL!!!

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