Is 26 too old to go back to school? - page 4

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... Read More

  1. by   jo272wv
    I just graduated in may from a four year BSN program at age 48 along with 6 other students over the age of 40. Doing well in the hospital I work in so to answer your question, Its never to late to go to school and become a nurse.
  2. by   OhioMTCRN07
    I read that "is 26 year old . . " and thought "you've got to be kidding me." I thought, what a silly question but here goes -- I'll be 42 when I finish my RN and have 2 other college degrees. You are only as old as you feel and can do what you want, whatever your age.

    PS - Great job Case manager 1947 on your continuing education. MSN at age 57! You go!! You inspire me!!
  3. by   Aradien
    Well, just to add my nickel here. I thought 41 was too old (my age). But just about everyone here and out there (off this board) said go for it. Now I want to say that to you. Go for it. If you don't, you will regret it.

    I went to nursing school for the first time in 1993, the second time in 1994. I regret not having the maturity to do what I was called to do. Now I am finally going to finish and it is truly one of the best moves I have ever made.

    One of my good friends is 60 and will be 62 when the program is finished. She might even go get her BSN! BTW I am in an ADN RN program.

    Please don't postpone or let your dream die.

    Best of luck.

    P.S. Would you mind letting us know what you decide?
    Last edit by Aradien on Oct 7, '06
  4. by   AlabamaBelle
    FWIW - I was 46 when I started nursing school, scared spitless I'd be the oldest in my class! Not by a long shot....the oldest person was 63 - he'd been successful in the IT field, but got downsized. Several people were in their late 40's to mid 50's. My sisters were both in their 30's (the youngest just got her BSN!)

    Go for it!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cindy, RN
  5. by   twinmommy+2
    Heck no! I was 26 when returning back for my ADN and I'm going to go on to my Masters eventually. I even had a classmate who was a grandmother and she did very well.
  6. by   mamason
    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?
    Shoot....NO! Your not too old. Go for it.
  7. by   P_RN
    I started a diploma prog. at 17, left got a business degree, started a BSN program at 19 left after 2 1/2 yrs to get married, and restarted Nursing school at 29 and graduated at 30. That was 32 years ago. So NO you are not too old.....
  8. by   jojotoo
    Finished nursing school at 36, now 51, and have LOTS of years yet to work!
  9. by   General E. Speaking, RN
    LVN at 24. Started pre-reqs at 37 for RN. Probably won't get my ADN until I'm 42. May consider BSN in the future... I am a much better student than when I was younger (GPA 3.8). I about fell over when I saw my high school transcripts!
  10. by   AuntieRN
    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?[/QUOTE]


    Anouk...I will be 42 in April and I just graduated from the ADN in August of this year. You are never too old for nursing school.
  11. by   mariojcorreia
    Good luck!! Goo ahead!
  12. by   buddiage
    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?
    Ahhh, yes, other people's opinions...

    Remember in psychology that your position in YOUR life will affect those that are close to you? Remember that if you change roles, that it can cause the people around you to "shift" their own roles and relationship with you, causing them discomfort?

    People get comfortable with the way they relate to you, and they don't want to change that. You are getting FAR too much input from others.

    Everyone is saying you are too old?

    There is a student with a Master's in Education, and she is in the ADN program right now, with me.

    I am 32 years old, and just started my first year of school. When I first went out to do this, I stopped because I thought I was too old (28).

    My eureka moment came when I figured out that I'd be 34 years old one day, regardless if I had a nursing degree or not.

    As you may conclude, I chose to be 34 with a nursing degree. I can't wait to pursue higher levels of education once I am through this.

    I am going to school with GRANDMOTHERS who are in nursing.

    Don't ever let other people make you feel guilty for going to school, or discourage you.

    Tough toenails for them!!!
  13. by   DanaG524
    Hi! I'm not in school yet, but I'm 25 and will be going back to school in January to start my pre-req's. I don't think we're too old at all to go back to school. I honestly think if I went to nursing school when I was fresh out of high school, I wouldn't have done well and I probably would be going back to finish it up now anyway lol. Like someone else on here said, I think I needed to have more maturity and life experience behind me (not that someone 18 wouldn't do well - I just personally feel I wouldn't have at 18 :wink2: ) I love to learn now - at 18, I could take it or leave it. I say go for it - even if you graduate at 30, that is still so0o young. Don't let anyone discourage you! Good luck to you - let us know what you decide?


    *Dana*

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