Any Older ADN Students/Moms To Email With?

  1. I'm no longer a student, I graduated ADN in 1995. I was 34 when I went to nursing school and my triplet daughters were 3 years old. What a challenge! But I graduated #1 in my class . . . my advice is to learn to accomplish things in little snippets of time. And try not to let yourself get worn out...take time to relax and give yourself "mini-vacations" (sometimes these mini-vacations are only 5 minutes long!). You're already a step ahead of your younger classmates...your life experience will help you tremendously. Feel free to email me, if you'd like to chat more.
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  3. by   dawnreeves
    Hi,

    I am 36, mom of two girls, and starting classes for my ADN in January. Would love to get to know some of you in the same situation for support, sharing tips, ideas, and just keeping each other together for the next 2-3 years!

    Thanks,
    Dawn
    bdreeves@bellsouth.net
  4. by   bnbh623
    Hi Dawn, My name is Mark, i'm a 37 yr old dad of 3. Im a second semester nursing student and a full time police officer in NYC. The one piece of advise I can give you is that you have to be prepared to "neglect" your family a little. The work can be a little overwelming but it's not difficult. As an older student you are more focused on what you want and im sure you will do fine. The only thing that bugs me is the lack of time I have to spend with my kids, but I keep telling myself that it's only 28 weeks a year and I will have much more time to spend with them when i'm done. Drop me a line if you ever want to talk, I would be glad to help. I know what it feels like!!! Mark (bnbh623@aol.com)
  5. by   cheri2
    HI:

    I am in my first year of my nursing studies. I am a mother of three. My secret is scheduling my time. I am on a very strict schedule. That means I have had to say no an awful lot to people that were used to me running when they called. Nursing has been my dream since I was little and the only thing I can say about having kids...they keep you focused about your dream and your studies. Just make sure you take one day a week to do things with your kids. That is what I do. Hope this helped.
  6. by   janleb
    I agree with you about life experiences, I could not imagine trying to do this when I was 19 years old. But my hat goes off to women that age who are in nursing school and sticking to it.

    Originally posted by Zee_RN:
    I'm no longer a student, I graduated ADN in 1995. I was 34 when I went to nursing school and my triplet daughters were 3 years old. What a challenge! But I graduated #1 in my class . . . my advice is to learn to accomplish things in little snippets of time. And try not to let yourself get worn out...take time to relax and give yourself "mini-vacations" (sometimes these mini-vacations are only 5 minutes long!). You're already a step ahead of your younger classmates...your life experience will help you tremendously. Feel free to email me, if you'd like to chat more.
  7. by   joj
    Dawn, Remember the end justifies the means. You will feel that your family, friends and loved ones are being short changed, but the key is to prioritize! Let the dust balls lay, and spend twenty minutes giving hugs and cuddles to your kids. Read in little bits and nibbles, not chapters at a time. Doing laundry helped me take a break and kept me focused. The laundry cycle finished when my attention would start to wander while studying. Foram a good study/support group. These people will be closer to you than your family for a long time. Remember to take each day as it comes. Schedule "ME" time every day. Lock yourself in the bathroom and soak in a bubble bath while you shave your legs! Ride an exercise bike to work off some stress. Break out the crock pot so that dinner is ready when you are. Keep track of important dates (birthdays, etc.) WRITE IT DOWN ON YOUR DAY MINDER! Look at it!! Stay focused, and hang tight. You can do this ONE DAY AT A TIME! Hugs and kisses! Take a nap if you must, but don't give up.......
    Originally posted by dawnreeves:
    Hi,

    I am 36, mom of two girls, and starting classes for my ADN in January. Would love to get to know some of you in the same situation for support, sharing tips, ideas, and just keeping each other together for the next 2-3 years!

    Thanks,
    Dawn
    bdreeves@bellsouth.net
  8. by   misty77
    I was 40 years old when I began the ADN program and will begin my last semester in January. I agree with all the others that say your life expereinces will work for you and that we "older" students have our priorities straight. You will need to be very organized, scheduling tasks not only by weeks but also by days to work in the reading, care plans, projects and tests. I hope your family is encouraging to you as well. I view every "obstacle" as a challenge and try to keep a positive attitude. Good luck to you!
  9. by   patches
    GOOD LUCK!!!!!
    I just finished on Monday and have my pinning on Friday night. I too am a mom, a mom of 3 boys. 10,5, and 3. Support is a good thing. I also agree that having past experiences help tremendously. Knowing how to deal with the public is easier when you aren't still at home living with your parents. Not that that is easy. But good luck and feel free to email anytime.
  10. by   AmyRN1227
    Hi!
    I'm also an older mom (33)and will be graduating from the ADN program at my school in May!!!! I can't believe I only have about 16 weeks left. I'm also expecting a baby right around the same time in May. Needless to say, it takes a lot to keep me going, I just want to make it through the semester and have a healthy baby and then later I will have to worry about when to study for boards, and where I want to apply for work....YOU CAN DO IT!!!!
    AMY
  11. by   NancyO
    Originally posted by dawnreeves:
    Hi,

    I am 36, mom of two girls, and starting classes for my ADN in January. Would love to get to know some of you in the same situation for support, sharing tips, ideas, and just keeping each other together for the next 2-3 years!

    Thanks,
    Dawn
    bdreeves@bellsouth.net
    After working as an LPN for 20 years I went back to school for ADN. I was 40 years old when I first started. but I was lucky enough to get into a bridge program. Still it took me almost 4 years, since I had to work and had four kids at home when I started. The last 2 semesters I worked 3 days a week and went to school 4 days a week. My husband and kids were great, I could never have done this without them. It took a lot of organizing and sacrificing on everyones part. But they were all very proud when I graduated in May 2000, it was something that we all accomplished. Another hint, try taking a daily multi-vitamin and vitamin E, eat a lot of fruit before a test (this is brain food), and study, study study!
  12. by   ntholund
    Hi! Nancy 38-years-old and mother of a 17-year daughter. I will graduate ADN school in May 2001, with pinning on the 19th.

    Excellent advice from our peers. Plan, schedule, make lists, and stick to them. It's the only way to carve out any free time for yourself and your family. It will come at a very high premium.

    It has really been tough but exciting too.
    Good Luck and make every minute count!

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