Survey: How old were you when you entered the nursing profession? - page 7

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  1. by   nur.bmb
    (I also missed this the first time around.)
    Started AD classes 6/75 at age 17-graduated 6/77 and have worked same facility since. First 10 yrs. in Med/Surg, and the last 15 in Out Patient/Clinic Nursing. Wouldn't/couldn't think of being in any other profession.
    Staying involved in the professional organization and in Local Unit activities keeps things even more interesting.
  2. by   Love-A-Nurse
    lpn-age 31, and rn, i will graduate may 2004 at age 43.
  3. by   shodobe
    After working for 5 years as a Paramedic and at the local morturary, I decided to check out the "new" nursing program at the local JC. This was on a dare from an older LVN friend of mine. This was 1975 and I graduated in 1977 from the very first class. I have worked in the OR for the last 25 years and can't think of anything else I would rather do. One of these days I will go back and get my BSN, but for now I love to work and don't care to much for the higher education, I learn something everyday. Mike
  4. by   AlaskanRN
    I began nursing as my third career at age 41 after fast tracking it through a 2 year ADN program. Out of school and straight into the ER. Fortunately I had no idea how much I didn't know or I would have been terrified...lol. I thought I was prepared with 5 years of EMS experience behind me...NOT! As fate would have it, I had a fabulous preceptor and all went well...

    My first real job was as a bartender , which I did for many years...(I figure that's where I got my most significant psych training).

    After that I worked with developmentally disabled children/adults and the frail elderly for twelve years. That was when I decided that if I was going to do nursing type duties I would finally go for it and enter nursing school. I had looked into it 10 years earlier, but circumstances prohibited me from pursuing it up until this point.

    I wish I would have gotten into nursing from the get-go, but am glad I finally got up the courage to do it at all!

    I love my job and can't imagine doing anything else
  5. by   JonRN
    If being a medic in the army counts, I started at 17. However, didn't get my RN license until I was 35.

    Pappy
  6. by   MollyMo
    I was 28 when I started nursing school. I worked as a unit secretary/monitor tech for 4 years prior to that. During nursing school I was a nurse tech. It will be 12 years this December and I don't regret a minute of it.
  7. by   kajama
    I decided what I wanted to be when I was 30.... Started in nursing at the age of 34..... My missed spent youth was spent being a wife and mother..... We had a child with a disability and she was my focus of my future to go into a profession to help others as we have been helped over the years.... Haven't doubted my self ( much) over the years.... I love what I do....
  8. by   JailRN
    Started nursing school at the tender age of 17, graduated at 20. Wouldn't trade it for the world--well, unless I won the lottery.
  9. by   2MagnoliaTrees
    I was 18 3/4 years old. I graduated high school in May of 1983 and started my nursing in January of 1984. I graduated nursing in February of 1985.
  10. by   VivaLasViejas
    I was another one of those late bloomers. Didn't figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up until I'd BEEN grown up for a lot of years. I was 38 when I graduated, am almost 44 now, and I'm glad I waited until relatively late in life to do this. Life experience is a bonus in this profession. It did make school unnecessarily difficult---the instructors all thought I knew more than I actually did because I was so much older than most of the class---but I've never regretted waiting so long to become a nurse. The most flattering thing anyone can say to me is, "You must have been a nurse for a long time," when I've only got a little over 5 years' nursing experience under my belt so far.
  11. by   LPN & EMT-CT
    Started out as a CNA @ 15 and a EMT-Basic at 16 and then nursing school at 22 then EMT-Cardiac Tech 25 and loving it till today.
  12. by   melissa24
    I was 28.
  13. by   jode
    I was 18 when I started as an LPN in 1972. Obtained my AAS in nursing in 1979. Things sure were different then!!

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