Am I too old for this? - page 3

Greetings! I'm new to this forum, but sought y'all out because I need a pep talk. I'm 42 and have decided to go back to school for nursing. I'm working on my pre-reqs now and I wonder if I can... Read More

  1. by   Scavenger'sWife
    Yep! You can do it! Went back to school at age 45 and graduated with ADN at age 47 (turned 48 one month later). Went to school full-time and did it in two years.

    One person in my school (year behind me) was 58.

    Oldest person ever at my school was 62.

    Had a patient at the hospital once who was going to college for her Masters degree in computer programming (!) and was *72*!!!


    You are never too old!!!!
  2. by   NurseDixie
    I'm 46, will graduate in Dec.'03 (will be 47y/o) with my ADN. I agree with most of the rest, I can't memorize things like I did when I was 'young'. I enjoy school and the other students in my class are awesome. I am not the oldest in my class either. 8^)
  3. by   Harmony
    Yes, I have to agree-life experience DOES help. . I am 48 years old, have been an LPN for 12 years and finally will be starting an ADN program in a few months. I have been trying to get back to school since I finished my LPN certificate, but life kept getting in the way. . now I think I can finally get it done. I am glad to see that 48 is really not that old at all. . .!!
  4. by   suzy253
    I have to say when I had a tour of the school a couple of weeks ago and then returned with my application and saw some of the students they did look young enough to be ... well, you know. So my entrance exam is Saturday and it's been a long time since I took exams so I'm a bit nervous to say the least!
  5. by   sixes
    you'll get there. My big problem was the chemistry part. where in the cell was the Na or K or bicarbs god i thought i would die. I use my children as props and made little costumes for them. Paul the 2 now 16 still laughs at the pictures of him in a skeleton suit and Ryan then 3 now 17 was the musles. Casey was the nerves. With the help of the children I garduated in 1991 at the age of 31. we all still have many laughs about my schooling
  6. by   salgal
    Hello everyone,
    I am new to the board and saw this thread and it really helped me out to see that I am not alone with all of the fears about whether I can really do this. I am 44, single mom of three and I also work 30 hours per week. I have been in school full time for a little over a year now and have just completed all of my pre-req's and many co-reqs. I am applying to aan ADN program in April. I have sailed through pretty effortlessly and was able to maintain a 4.0 until this term......I think I may have to lower that 4.0 standard a bit this term. I am taking A&P and a total of 15 credits. I am so unbelievably tired!!!!! I am stressing out over a lab practicum tomorrow night.....on the tissues and bones.......I don't feel like I am going to remember all of that. So anyways.......thanks for the encouragement here......I know I will get through this and being afraid is normal I geuss. Sometimes I do think my poor old brain can't handle all this memorization though!!!
  7. by   Katnip
    SalGal, don't worry. It really is okay to have a lower than 4.0. I had to learn that over the past couple of semesters. Still coming to grips with it.

    One of the MOST critical aspects of succeeding in nursing school is to take time for yourself. If you burn yourself out early in the game, it's going to be really rough on you.

    Being a single mom, 3 kids, working 3 hours and going to school, you NEED to carve out time for yourself. I know, extremely difficult to do, but it's necessary. Put the kids to bed and have a cup of tea. . Take a bath. Read two pages of a novel. Take a 10 minute nap. Come here and vent. Just find a way to care for yourself so you can care for others.

    I'm done preaching now.
  8. by   NCINDASUN
    SalGal,

    The thing that keeps me going is something my sis-in-law told me. She's an OBGYN at a huge hospital in Virginia.

    She says that there is a great difference in a 22 year-old nurse and a 40 year-old nurse and she'll take the one with the creaking bones any day.

    Our life experiences have taught us things that the 22 year-old is just beginning to discover. We can work, run households, care for our kids, make sure they have a ride to soccer practice and the refridgerator is stocked. Multi-taking is our middle name.

    Now I have nothing against 22 year-old - I have one myself! It's just that there is a wisdom that comes with age. Our brains may not be able to hold everything taught in A&P (I'm taking that now ) but when it comes to compassion and grace, we can't be beat!

    Hang in there and feel free to drop me a line to commiserate. We'll be just fine. :kiss
  9. by   salgal
    Cyberkat & ncindasun you are awesome!! Thanks for the advice....I decided yesterday evening that I needed a break from studying for the lab practicum tonight so I called my friend and we went to the movies. I feel much more refreshed today. I have been sudying all morning but making sure I take many breaks so I am not burned out by this this evening when I take the practicum. The lecture portion of the exam he let us do as a take home.....I am not sure if that was good or bad because he made it 16 pages long!!! It took people an average of about 8 hours to complete.....lots of essay questions!
  10. by   12BRN
    Ladies - this is great! I feel so much better. I am a 39 year-old single mother of 2 teens and have applied to an ADN program for the fall. Sometimes I feel too old to do this, but this thread is encouraging. I should hear in May if I've been accepted, so keep your fingers crossed, then it will be getting up the nerve to just jump in and do it! It will be hard to leave the security of my full-time job, but somehow I know I will make it. My kids father died 10 years ago this May, and somehow I've managed to raise them and work full-time. I feel it is my turn now, even though they aren't grown, they are more self-sufficient and they are very supportive of me being in school. We'll see how supportive they are when money is tight come this August!

    Good luck to all of you!
  11. by   Katnip
    12BRN, I'm rooting for you!
  12. by   farmmom
    I am a mother of four and 35 my first semester in school and yes it is tough but I love learning and feel that I am doing well so far
    many of the nursing students are younger but we do hold the asset of life experience
  13. by   marilynmom
    Oh you are not to old. I am 30and I feel at this age I am doing so much better than I would have if I went right to school after high school. I cant imagine how much better of I would be if I was going back to school in my 40s. I think your just more organized, you know what you want more in life, and your motivation is just different the older you get (which is a good thing IMO). Most of the women in my program here at school are *all* in their 30s and 40s going into Nursing. Most of the 20 year olds dropped out....lol

    I say go for it, your only going to bring that much more maturity and life experience (which IMO is a big factor with being a sucessful nurse, you will be able to relate to more patients and what they are going through).

    Marilyn

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