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  1. 44 years old and a pre-nursing student...am I crazy? What might I find most difficult at my age about being a nurse? What is most physically challening about it?
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  3. by   Dabuggy
    Hello,

    I would say your age group is about 25% of the nursing students in my school. I know one student was 55, another was 52. They both did fine. My school had us have a physical, and get a signed release from the doctor before we could enter the program. You will have to move/lift a pt in bed. but the bigger the pt, the more help you get. I found nothing physically challenging, so I can not help you with this.
  4. by   ktwlpn
    Quote from FrostedWindow
    44 years old and a pre-nursing student...am I crazy? What might I find most difficult at my age about being a nurse? What is most physically challening about it?
    I am 40 something,too.Honey-with good shoes,support hose,anti-depressants and hormones you'll be running circles around those 20-somethings....Have a blast! They say "youth is wasted on the young" and I believe it-I spend a large part of each day listening to my younger co-workers whine-they are always tired...I almost always hit the ground running while they are eating Pop tarts and complaining..So eat a well balanced diet,too-and take a good multi vit.......You will really contribute a lot to your classmates with your maturity.I started a bit late also and nursing was (and is) my life's dream-if you are lucky enough to be doing something you truly love on a daily basis you'll have all the energy you need. Your biggest challenge may be in getting along with the babes-it's easy to loose patience and speak to them as though they are your children especially when they lack maturity but remember they are NOT your kids and they deserve your respect just as you deserve theirs...Good Luck
  5. by   RN007
    Hey, I'm 48 and will graduate in May. I'm having the time of my life. My house is a mess and my family is eating out more, but I'm enjoying learning how to take care of people--something I was meant to do my whole life. Thank God I get this chance now! Good luck and keep the faith!
  6. by   clee1
    Hey!

    I'm 40 and I graduate in two weeks. The eldest in my class is a whopping 62!!!

    Don't sweat the small stuff - come on in, the water's fine!
  7. by   aileenve
    I graduated at 40...now 15yrs later I would not have changed anything for the world; us older nurses have plenty of life experiences and easily relate to patients of all ages..
  8. by   TRD
    36 years old, three kids, one hubby, lots of take out, messy home and two and 1/2 semesters to go!

  9. by   suzy253
    I just graduated in May at age 53 and am doing fine. I'm sure you'll be fine as well. Good luck to you.
  10. by   AuntieRN
    I graduated at the age of 41 1/2. You can do it!!!
  11. by   donastaci
    I started Nursing School when the youngest of my 8 children went to 4K. I've been an RN for almost a year and love it. It's never too late to live your dreams.
  12. by   GPatty
    I graduate this coming May and will be 44.
    Lots of stress, but I wouldn't change a thing! ('Cept maybe those blasted careplans!)
  13. by   kenny b
    Quote from ktwlpn
    I almost always hit the ground running while they are eating Pop tarts and complaining..So eat a well balanced diet,too-and take a good multi vit.......
    I would add some kind of strengthening and stretching exercises, and please be careful with the multivitamines. Some of them go overboard and interfere with absorption of natural vitamines and minerals. Not saying not to take them, just be careful and maybe talk to a nutritionist.

    I like yoga and/or tai chi for the back strengthening. It is well worth the effort. Nothing is worth permanent back problems if they can be prevented.
  14. by   edna317
    I was 31 when I started nurses' training. It was hard with 3 young children and not much sleep. It was worth it. I escaped the welfare roles and was able to provide adequately for my family.
    This reminds me of one of my classmates who was 55 at the time. She and I entered a two-patient room as student nurses with our caps and school uniforms on, one of the patients took a look at my 55 year old student nurse friend and remarked how old she was to be a student. Then he apologized profusely for his unkind remark, and she replied, "That's OK, honey, turn over and I'll take your temperature!!"
    As the years went by, I would hear of her sucessful nursing practice and how everyone loved her. She died a few years ago of Cancer. She is sorely missed.

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