Question for nurses who came into the career late... - page 4

I am not a nurse, but I want to become one. I am 35 and a SAHM of two, one will be 5 in a few weeks and the other will be 7 this summer. I would like to go back to college in the fall when my5 year... Read More

  1. by   RN4jewels
    YIPPEE, I am among good company here. I graduated at 41 from an ADN program 2 yrs ago. I was a Cert. Med Asst for 10 years. I was going to school, having babies, taking care of elderly parents and working. I have a 3 and a 7 yr old. I did take off for a year in my clinicals (hey I am not superwoman). I graduated with honors. I think we mature adults study more, smarter, and appreciate school more than we might have earlier in life. Not meaning to dis young people cuz I have had the honor of working studying with you all too and there is dedication. So go for it. What do you gain by not trying? Any knowledge is power. JMHO
  2. by   Tweety
    What everyone else said. You've many productive years you can give. We need you. Good luck!
  3. by   zudy
    Loved reading everyones stories and comments. Cryssi, you are in great company here!
  4. by   Riseupandnurse
    I think there are some advantages to being an older graduate. I got my BSN two months before I turned 40 and my MSN shortly before turning 50. Now I'm 51 and thinking of getting my doctorate. The older students in my class had more life experiences to draw upon and were more dedicated and organized (we had to be!), so I think the classes were easier for us. The transition to actual nursing was harder, I think, though, for some of us. People expected me to know more, just because I was older. Right out of school, I had a GI doctor berate me for not knowing what some "raw" CBC values meant. "You're an old nurse!" he shouted at me. And the physical labor wears me out a lot faster than it would have at a younger age, there's no doubt about it. But it is entirely possible to succeed as an older nursing student; no doubt about it.:wink2:
  5. by   giggles66
    Hello, Members:

    I am a 37 year old single woman with a teenage son and I work as a nurses aid. I have chosen to take courses that will transfer to an ADN and BSN programs in the are I live. I really want to recieve my BSN. I would settle for my ADN , but math is tough for me exspecially Intermedite Algebra I can't seem to get through. I really like science and the other course aren't too bad. I did not do so well in high school so I am paying for it now plus I am a a slow learner. I am really dedicated to becoming a nurse though I have had people tell me that I should be realistic in my goal to become a RN and perhaps consider becoming a LPN. I have nothing against becoming an LPN except that I want to be an RN. I have considered becoming an LPN, but I do not want to be limited to the place where I can work and I have worked very hard academically to get where I am now. I had to begin with remedial courses and work my way very slowly up to the higher level courses and I feel good about that because when I first started I didn't think that I was going to get to this point. so why should't I continue on with the other courses I would need for my RN degree? I have taken most of my courses except for my sciences and I like science. I know they will be tough, but because I will enjoy them it might make getting through them a little easier. Is there anyone out there who did not do well in high school and had to start at the remedial level with their classes, and is struggling to get through the higher level math courses or any courses for that matter? if so, what courses are you taking now? How are you doing in them?

    Carmen
    Last edit by giggles66 on Apr 18, '03
  6. by   rosemadder
    I will be 42 when I graduate this May! I plan to continue on to get my BSN and then MSN. Who knows?? Maybe a doctorate. You are never to old to learn!!! Education is never a waste. Go for it!
  7. by   sweethny43
    You go girl.....I am 45 soon to be 46 just graduated and passed my boards this past August. It was a bit harder than the younger ones I had to study a lot due to being out of school so long...by the way I am not a high school graduate I quit school at 15 then in 81 got my GED plus got my CNA certification worked as a aide for almost 25 years then became a nurse so if it is meant to be it does not matter what age you are...Go for your dream no matter what age!!!!!!!!!!!!
  8. by   GPatty
    I became an LPN at age 39 (2 months before 40) and hope to have my ASN by the time I am 42.
    The way I look at it, I will be 42 whether I go to school or not, so I may as well go for something I enjoy, and you should too!
    Good Luck and God Bless!
    Julie
  9. by   klosses
    I was 41 when I graduated from a Diploma RN program. I started by taking my pre-req's and some nursing classes that were being offered by the local community college during the evening. The fact that I did much better in the classes than the younger students, motivated me to quit my job and start classes full-time. I,also, lived in a rural area and had to drive in to the city--approx a 30 min. drive for all my classes. We had some severe winter driving conditions but I made it to most of my clinicals and classes.The biggest factor was the support and commitment of my family. My daughter had already been working as a nurse for 3 years when I graduated. I did some of my clinicals in the hospital where she worked and actually had her as a preceptor. She was probably tougher on me than another nurse would have been. I also have 4 boys. One was in University at the same time, 2 were at home 5yrs and 15 yrs. I was lucky that my husbands job allowed him to take over chauffering duties, to and from activites. I am 55 yrs old now and would like to train as a nurse in the NICU. Wish me luck!!
  10. by   giggles66
    Good Morning:


    I would like to say thank you to all the replies that I have recieved thus far for my response to this post. GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF YOU and GOD BLESS!


    Carmen
    Last edit by giggles66 on Apr 24, '03
  11. by   Florence SN
    Hi there! I will be 52 years old when i complete my BSN. I don't think there is any difference in how old you are! What counts is if you will be doing what you love! I have waited for over 23 years of motherhood to go back to school! Both of my kids are out of college now so its MOMS turn! Sure there are some days where it is a drag to get moving, but it will be worth it all in the end!
  12. by   Mkue
    I agree, Just Do It !

    Good Luck and much success to all of you !
  13. by   live4today
    Go for the gold, girlfriend!

    I returned to college around the age of 25 taking courses here and there as my three children and marriage would allow. I was first in the real estate business and took mostly business and business law classes. I continued on in college taking english, sociology, psych, and other math courses not knowing which direction my education would be headed in. I certainly never had a thought in my head at that time about becoming a nurse. I did want a college education...that much I knew for sure. I didn't put any pressure on myself, I just kept taking and passing those classes until one psych class a student behind me talked me into looking into the nursing program. I hesitated at first, then said, Okay. And a few years later....I became a graduate nurse on her way to take state boards at the age of 35.

    At 51, I am going back to college. Long range, I'd like to get a Ph.D. If I stay in nursing, I will only settle for the following positions: Nurse Manager, Nurse Educator, Patient Educator, or Director of Nursing. So, a BSN is only a step towards getting my MSN...on to my Ph.D.

    Older nurses still rule today, so go for it and join the rest of us! :kiss I wish you well!
    Last edit by live4today on Apr 24, '03

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