returning to nusing school at 30 something - page 3

by carmen

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Hi, I am having a tough time with my choice to return to nusing school. I am wondering if it is worth pusuing my R.N status when I am almost 40. I have been a L.P.N. in canada for the last 6 years. We are really limited with our... Read More


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    Call me crazy but I think that it makes more sense for someone at 30 or 40 to start a career in nursing than someone in their 20's. You have more "life experience" and frankly nurses need a lot of that to be effective.

    I graduated nursing school at 19 and I think my patients and families were shortchanged because I had yet to be humbled by life.
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    I just wanted to say how great it was to read all of these postings. I just started school again at the age of 30. After years of working as a CNA, and being convinvced by an abusive now ex husband that I could never make it in college, I am now in my second semester and will apply to the nursing school in the fall of this year. I will be working on a double degree--nursing and psychology, with a minor in anthropology. Sure it is tough, but I am a lot more prepared now than I would have been earlier in my life. I know what a lot of the younger students do not, that this will be really hard work. But I also know that being a nurse is the thing that I have wanted for so long that if I did not follow my dream, I would not be a complete person. So all I can say is, follow your dream. For without our dreams, what do we have to live for??????????
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    I WAS IN THE "TRADES" UNTIL I BECAME A NURSE (LVN) @ 32Y/0--NOW I KNOW MORE THAN ALL THE R.N.'S (FACT) BUT I WOULDN'T GO FOR MY R.N. I'M SORRY, BUT RN'S BECOME MORE MGMT. IN ATTITUDE VS PT. ADVOCATE---BESIDES, IF MONEY WAS THE POINT--I WOULDN'T BE HERE AS A MALE,I GET A LOT OF BITCHYNESS UNTIL THEY FIND OUT I KNOW MY STUFF-- & CAN FIX ANYTHING NOW IT'S IS HE ON?? OH, GOOD--THE OLDER=THE EXP YOU CAN GIVE! 17 YRS NOW (I'M 49) AND IT FREAKS NEW HIRES (RN TURNOVER) TO FIND I KNOW MORE,I DON'T RUB IT IN-- THEIR EMBARRASSED,& SEE THAT AGE CAN MEAN ADVANTAGE,I LOVE FOOLING PEOPLE--LOTS OF PTS STILL THINK I'M A DOCTOR SAYING I'M A NURSE, YOU DO WHAT YOU WANT B/CAZ YOUTH IS WASTED ON THE YOUNG(OLD SAYING) GO FOR THE LIMIT OF YOUR AMBITIONS TAKE CARE

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    Why don't you check out some distance learning programs< you do them at your own pace, in your own home and you don't have all the stress of a traditional program. I will give you the name of the individual i am working with and maybe she can help you. Her name is Tammy Cook and her number is 1-800-759-5947, she's a really awesome person and if she can't help you she might know someone or something that can, I went this route after i watched a friend go back to a traditional program and she was the oldest in the class (she's in her late 40's) it was truely heart breaking all the unnecessary stuff she put up with, especially since she has worked as an lpn for 16 years and they treated her like she was subhuman and 3 instructors even tried to bounce her from the program on just petty stuff. I'm just to old for that game, and with a 22,12 and 10 year old i have enough stress. I like the idea i can do it at my own pace,in my own living room and go test out when I am ready not when someone else is ready. I like having that control and not worrying about what assignment is due tomorrow. Just give Tammy a call i am sure she can help you.-barb


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