What age were you when you went to nursing school? - page 20

Curious at what the average age is that people are in nursing school? I am doing my pre reqs now and will be 28 when I start! :lol2:... Read More

  1. by   swatch007
    I'll be brutally honest here. I'm tired of seeing these kind of questions being posted here ( of course, it's just my opinion). It sounds like a person asking this kind of question is not sure of her/his decision in life, so posting this question will generate responses that would comfort her/him. If the person is really curious, asking "how do you feel getting into nursing school at your age" is a better question.

    Unless a person is absolutely sure that he/she will be dead in a week, why would this person just make a decision to get in a nursing school and stands strong with his/her decision regardless of the age ---but if a person is WEAK, he/she always needs somebody to assure her/him that she/he is alright, Got IT?

    Now, let's all take a sip and think about this idea; will ya?
    Last edit by swatch007 on Jan 23, '07
  2. by   Roy Fokker
    I was 18 when I went to school :spin:

    Quote from swatch007
    but if you are weak, you always need somebody to assure you that you are alright, Got IT?

    28 y/o ain't old! :angryfire
    Please - let us focus on the thread, not on the posters involved.

    regards,
  3. by   Midge
    Started LPN school at 50 and then got my RN through Excelsior (already had a BA) when I was 56. I paid my "hospital dues" as an LPN, so was only in my early 50's. There is no way I could do hospital nursing in my late 50's - energy is needed if you are a newbie! However, I definitely feel that age has been a benefit in nursing since so many of the patients are more likely to listen to an older nurse than a nurse younger than their grandchildren! There are many jobs out there for older nurses once you have experience of a couple years. I am now 66 and work part time by choice but could walk into full time tomorrow if I wanted.
  4. by   whiteaustin
    I graduated with an ADN at 32. However my mom age 59 and her best friend age 62 just graduated in december 06 with an ADN. My mom was a retired school teacher and her best friend was a retired accountant. They wanted a change. I give them both two thumbs up for making it, but I do hope they both can handle 12 hour stressful days.........GO MOM!!
  5. by   netty78
    I started my nursing pre-reqs when I was 25. I was married and working full-time. Then, I got divorced and had to cut back on my classes to take on more work. I entered the BSN program in 2005 at age 27, got re-married (very happy!), and will graduate this May at age 29! Most of the students in my class are in their early 20's, but there are some of us who are older. Even though I have sometimes wished that I would've started earlier, I am appreciative of the work and life experience that I gathered during my early twenties. I feel more prepared now to handle this type of work and I know that nursing is what I want to do.
    Good Luck to you!

    Janette
    "Never settle"
  6. by   BlkQueenLPN
    I went for LPN at 22. Now I'm doing homestudy and should be done by the time I'm 33. I'm 31 now.
  7. by   PiperLPN
    Hi,

    Can you tell me more about the home study? I'm interested too. Thanks!
    Elena
  8. by   Gennaver
    Quote from Imissthefall
    Curious at what the average age is that people are in nursing school?
    I am doing my pre reqs now and will be 28 when I start!
    Started my actual RN program at age 39, which is average. If I am not mistaken there are two large populations/generations who are actively "starting" their nursing programs right now, (the mid thirty to mid fortys and the twentysomethings).

    More power to all of us.

    Also, lets not forget the mid-fifties folks who are changing over to Nursing as a career.
    Gen
  9. by   PiperLPN
    Quote from Gennaver
    Started my actual RN program at age 39, which is average. If I am not mistaken there are two large populations/generations who are actively "starting" their nursing programs right now, (the mid thirty to mid fortys and the twentysomethings).

    More power to all of us.

    Also, lets not forget the mid-fifties folks who are changing over to Nursing as a career.
    Gen
    It is so comforting to be in such good company. In my class I don't feel like the "outsider"; we are such a mixed bag. More power is right! umpiron:
  10. by   laurasc
    Too young. I was 17....going on 12.

    Which explains why I took 5 years to do a 3 year program (failed the first time and dropped out for a semester later on). Good thing too...I matured in those years.

    Laura
  11. by   ritarunningfeet
    Pre reques took a long time as I was initally a pre-vet student. Got into the RN program at 23, and graduated with ADN at 25.
  12. by   Sillynicunurse
    I started the ASN program when I was 32...have one year left YEAH!!!!
  13. by   LadyNASDAQ
    I graduated LPN scholl just before I turned 20 and then challenged a school for my RN. Became a RN at age 25.

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