Is 26 too old to go back to school? - page 6

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   kellerpatty
    Oops...I guess if 26 is too old, it's a little late for me. Went back to school at 40, graduated nursing school with honors at 44, and am working as an ICU nurse at 45...I wish someone would of told me before I started that I was tooooo old...I could have saved a lot of time and knitted a lot of sweaters on my porch at my decrepit old age! Ha! Good luck to you at whatever you do and at whatever age you are!
  2. by   sandy62
    Heck no girl!
    I'm 44 y/o and awaiting acceptance into LPN to RN transition program....God willing I will begin in January!
    "Get er done!!!!":wink2:
    Sandy
    Orlando, FL
  3. by   bristol53
    I just finished an LPN program and got my license. Start next week in an LTCF. I'll start my RN before the first of the year through Excelsior. I'm 53.
  4. by   olderthandirt
    I just received my Master's in Health Administration last week. I will be 61 next month. I was talking to the college about maybe going on to get my Doctorate. They told me that they had a 84 yr. old getting his Doctorate. It is how strong the desire is. I have been going to college for the past ten years. I received my Associates, Bachelors and now my Master's. I am expecting to start another Master's next year in Justice and Securities. Your job will take up more hours a week than anything else. Do you want to be miserable or enjoy your job? Age has nothing to do with it, just a lifetime of satisfaction.
  5. by   melba
    hi:

    i'm 53 and just passed my state boards (lpn). the day after finals i re-upped for rn.....!!!

    no-one dares tell me i'm too old, and anyway it's my money paying for school - no one else's!

    go for it!!!

    melba

    ps: i was not at all the oldest grad in my class either!!!:mortarboard:
  6. by   olderthandirt
    I just received my Master's in Health Administration last week. I will be 61 next month. I was talking to the college about maybe going on to get my Doctorate. They told me that they had a 84 yr. old getting his Doctorate. It is how strong the desire is. I have been going to college for the past ten years. I received my Associates, Bachelors and now my Master's. I am expecting to start another Master's next year in Justice and Securities. Your job will take up more hours a week than anything else. Do you want to be miserable or enjoy your job? Age has nothing to do with it, just a lifetime of satisfaction.:mortarboard:

    Quote: WHEN I LET GO OF WHAT I AM....I BECOME WHAT I MIGHT BE!
  7. by   ltg623
    I started my Gen Ed classes for nursing school when my daughter, my second child graduated H.S. in 2001. I was 41.....I graduated with my ADN in Dec of 2004 and am now working on my BSN completion which I will complete in August 2007. I worked FT and even sometimes 2 jobs until the Oct before I graduated and went PT for 2 months and took a full course load at school. I withstood a very traumatic event the Spring before I graduated...my grades dropped a little but I finished on time. So something is to be said about being older and in school. I too like some of out fellow nurses have said on this site think it takes maturity and life skills to get through nursing school. I am glad I waited.
  8. by   LilRedRN1973
    You're NEVER to old to keep learning. I went back to school to become a nurse and earned my BSN in 2005. I am very happy I did this--it was quite an accomplishment for me with all the obstacles I endured. I am now back to taking a few classes towards a Master's--I love my RN in the ICU job, but this hospital doesn't pay well. I think autonomy at an NP would be exciting and plan on pursuing my goals/dreams.

    Good luck!!
  9. by   seotsi
    I started my degre at 35 am finishing at 38 and bring a world of life experience to nursing as opposed to knowing nothing other than nursing.
    Good luck
    pp
  10. by   nr3c
    The question you ask "Is 26 too old to go back to school?" almost sounds like the one I have heard: "Are you a professional student?" In either case, when people say these things, they are saying that they wouldn't go back to school and somehow feel you shouldn't because maybe, just maybe, you will end up being better than they are! Well, this is one way of looking at it!

    I went through my undergrad years the traditional way. After graduation, I start to work on my Master's/PhD. I found it hard and it took me 4 years to get the Master's. Never did get the PhD. After getting my MA, I couldn't find a job. So I went into teaching, which required me to return to school for over another year for certification. I then got a job teaching, and did that for 4 years. Well, politics came in and I was out of a job. I did some teaching at a trade school for a year; then subbed for 3 years. Finally I got another teaching job for 3 years. It again, ended in politics.

    At that point I took a couple years off to regroup from it all, working part-time for a priest-friend at a National Shrine. Eventually, I decided to go back to school to get my Master's in Medical Physics. I was 42 at the time. Now that I finished that degree (at age 43), I am finding it hard to secure a job. You know the deal: You need to have a job so you can get a job!

    Well, I'm considering fine tuning things and possibly going back to school for nursing, radiologic technology, or even med school. So if I am not too old to go back to school at my age (and with my past experience and degrees), I should say you are not too old at all at 26. I bet if I asked you out (assuming you are a girl), you would say I'm too old and could be your dad. True. So if I'm not too old for school, CLEARLY, you are not. I would be glad to be 26 again and have what I have now. Things would seem so much easier. But I'm a generation older than you. So stop worrying about those other people and what they are saying. They don't have to live your life! You do! So go ahead and live it! Enjoy your new profession!! And good luck in your studies!

    P.S. - I bet I'll eventually get a doctorate someday, in something. (If I live long enough, that is!)
  11. by   biomedsam
    Wife started nursing school in August.... RN school. She has never been a nurse of any kind. She is 42. I no longer have a dining room table.
  12. by   telluride58
    I had just began a 14-month Accelerated BSN program when I turned 46. Last week I completed my first year as an RN, working as a new grad nurse at a large teaching hospital. It was hard, but it was great! When I decided to go back to school, people (my mom and mother-in-law) thought I was nuts for walking away from a 20+ year career in the software/computer business (and with a MBA 10 years prior). Nursing is a calling and you must follow your heart. And in nursing, the nurse who continually learns and grows is truly valued. Lastly, any one who would discourage you from further growth and development likely has their own issues to deal with.
  13. by   saphira
    Nope. I went back to school at 33 after having gotten a BA in Romance Languages and an MA in Comparative Literature. I taught for a few years in my 20s, did some other things after I realized I hated teaching, then said "Ok, I'm going to do it." My husband was wonderful and supportive.

    My class had students in their mid-50s in it.

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