Any other "older" new nursing students out there? - page 6

Hi all! I am new to this site and I am a brand new nursing student. I am a retired NYC police officer and a single mom of 4 (2 at home, 2 on their own.) I am excited and terrified all at once!! I am... Read More

  1. by   SusanRN2004
    I am 45 and will graduate in May of 2004 from an ASN program. Am I the OLDEST student?
  2. by   JennyRN2B
    Hi all!
    Yes, I guess non traditional would describe me as well. I am 30 with 3 children.
    I decided to go into nursing a couple of months ago. I got all of my paperwork to the college and I start in Jan. I am hoping to get accepted to the local ADN program which will start in the Fall of next year.

    I am taking A&P and Chem in the Spring. Wish me luck! I have never taken anything like that before. However, I feel I have an advantage because I am "older". I am ready to go to school now and I am ready to study! When I attended college fresh out of High School, all I wanted to do was socialize!

    I have 2 children currently in school and my youngest is 3. She is excited to get to go to "school" with mommy. She has never gone to school before. We are both excited.

    I don't know how the studying will go with the kids, but I plan to keep things organized to make it easier for all of us! Only time will tell!

    I keep praying my kids will stay healthy one the program starts! I have 3 so I know eventually someone will be ill.

    Anyway, best wishes to all of you!

    Jen
  3. by   oldnewnurse
    Got you beat SusanRN2004, I'm 52 and in the first year of an ADN program. There is one student older than I. Used to be two older but the guy dropped.

    I find it more difficult to remember now than it was during my BA ten years ago. Not happy about getting older but happy to be doing what I want after 30 years in the corporate rat race. Not naive enough to think nursing will not be a rat race as well.

    There are many, many very nice people in my program, every one of the nice ones is younger than I. In fact, almost all are younger than my daughter!

    Good luck to all of us students, no matter the age.
  4. by   SusanRN2004
    Originally posted by oldnewnurse
    Got you beat SusanRN2004, I'm 52 and in the first year of an ADN program. There is one student older than I. Used to be two older but the guy dropped.

    I find it more difficult to remember now than it was during my BA ten years ago. Not happy about getting older but happy to be doing what I want after 30 years in the corporate rat race. Not naive enough to think nursing will not be a rat race as well.

    There are many, many very nice people in my program, every one of the nice ones is younger than I. In fact, almost all are younger than my daughter!

    Good luck to all of us students, no matter the age.
    Oldnewnurse, I am the oldest in my class...one of the girls graduated from high school with my daughter! Nursing classes might be harder than some other degree's no matter what your age...I will never forget a post on another board where a woman said she had three degrees before she started nursing school...including a masters from a well known university. She said the 2 year ADN program from the community college was the hardest one on all!!

    The good things about being older are that I am not as intimidated by the teacher as some of the younger girls, and at this age I know two years will be over quickly!
  5. by   KatWright
    You ladies are great !!!!!! I am finishing my masters in the spring.
    I have been a nurse for nearly 30 years and at this point, I plan on staying at the bedside, although, you never know.
    I just finished orienting a new grad who will be 50 ten days after me (in December) She is doing a wonderful job !!!!!
    The beauty of the "Older" student is that you will bring to the profession so much previous experiences that your younger peers could only wish for !!!!!!!
    I have loved this masters program !!!!!! I spent so many years writing in abreviations that I could hardly write a complete sentence, much less using punctuation !!!!!!!!
    Now I can even write an entire paragraph and it makes sense!!!!
    My sister is also a nurse (she's a year younger than I) and she too will complete her masters in May !!!!
    She is the head nurse in an ER (can't imagine why she would like to do ER?!?!) My degree is the Advanced Practice Nurse specializing in Oncology!!
    Good luck to you all !!!!!!!!
    And when you are finished...........keep going!!!!!!Get your BSN or see if your area colleges have the RN to MSN tract and skip the BSN altogether !!!!!!!
    What the heck, you will be 40 or 50 or 60 whether you continue or not!!
    ALSO CHECK OUT SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS!!!!!!!!!!
    There is alot of money out there for people that want to become nurses AND it is NOT based on finances !!!!!!
    I have received $$ for the last 2 semesters even though my hospital reimburses !!
    Another thing >>>>>>>>>>>>don't forget to have fun while you are doing this !!!
    Kat
  6. by   Robin61970
    Well......32 here with 2 full time kids and 2 part time.......my study buddy Kathy is about to turn 50 and has 4 grown....one 8 year old at home..........
  7. by   ST_NURSE_MLD
    Hi... I'm 36 (I don't feel 36), married with a daughter.

    I'm making a major change in my life. I made the decision to quite my full time job and start Nursing School. I've wanted this for so long.... I start clinicals in Janary '03. And, I probably will not stop until I have my MSN.

    At 36, I'm still a ball of fire. Glad to know you guys are too...
  8. by   Mkue
    Originally posted by ST_NURSE_MLD
    Hi... I'm 36 (I don't feel 36), married with a daughter.

    I'm making a major change in my life. I made the decision to quite my full time job and start Nursing School. I've wanted this for so long.... I start clinicals in Janary '03. And, I probably will not stop until I have my MSN.

    At 36, I'm still a ball of fire. Glad to know you guys are too...
    Way to go Missy, I'm on the same path as you too and I'm over 40, so you CAN do it !!

    Good Luck

    Marie
  9. by   Mkue
    Originally posted by KatWright
    You ladies are great !!!!!! I am finishing my masters in the spring.
    I have been a nurse for nearly 30 years and at this point, I plan on staying at the bedside, although, you never know.
    I just finished orienting a new grad who will be 50 ten days after me (in December) She is doing a wonderful job !!!!!
    The beauty of the "Older" student is that you will bring to the profession so much previous experiences that your younger peers could only wish for !!!!!!!
    I have loved this masters program !!!!!! I spent so many years writing in abreviations that I could hardly write a complete sentence, much less using punctuation !!!!!!!!
    Now I can even write an entire paragraph and it makes sense!!!!
    My sister is also a nurse (she's a year younger than I) and she too will complete her masters in May !!!!
    She is the head nurse in an ER (can't imagine why she would like to do ER?!?!) My degree is the Advanced Practice Nurse specializing in Oncology!!
    Good luck to you all !!!!!!!!
    And when you are finished...........keep going!!!!!!Get your BSN or see if your area colleges have the RN to MSN tract and skip the BSN altogether !!!!!!!
    What the heck, you will be 40 or 50 or 60 whether you continue or not!!
    ALSO CHECK OUT SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS!!!!!!!!!!
    There is alot of money out there for people that want to become nurses AND it is NOT based on finances !!!!!!
    I have received $$ for the last 2 semesters even though my hospital reimburses !!
    Another thing >>>>>>>>>>>>don't forget to have fun while you are doing this !!!
    Kat
    Great Post I applaud you !!
  10. by   missionnurse
    Bronxbaby--

    Welcome! I am considered non-traditional, at 27 yrs. Granted, that's not THAT old, but I just wanted to say one thing.

    Some of the best students in my class of 60ish students are the older ones! We have one that is 50, and one that won't tell us how old she is! :chuckle

    They are the most reliable, ask the best questions, and have so much life experience that we all look to them for help--and not just with the books!

    I'm sure you'll do a terrific job!! Just let yourself go and thoroughly enjoy all the work and the experience!!!!

    Misty
  11. by   cna on her way
    Originally posted by TRISHnotyetRN
    I am new to this board. I have been a lurker for a while and decided to join in the fun. Some of your posts crack me up. Anyway, I am 29 (well almost, on 12/3). I went to school to be a medical assistant some ten years ago. I then served four years in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. It was a great experience and I learned a lot. I then worked for an ophthamologist for a few years and the past three years I have been a stay-at-home mom. I have a 2 yr old and a 6 yr old, both boys. Which for you moms that have sons translates to the energy of about ten children.

    Anyway, I am slowly working on becoming a nurse. I'll probably finish in about 6 YEARS!! Oh, well better late than never!


    TrishnotyetRN:
    I too am a 29 year old mother of two (4and8) and am starting my prereqs this fall. I am doing the LPN first and then doing the bridge over program for my RN. Either way it will take me 4-5 years to get my RN but with the LPN I can already be out on the floor gaining knowledge while I complete the remaining prereqs for my ADN. I wish you lots of luck! I am sure it will be well worth the time for us both!!
  12. by   shabookitty
    Welcome Bronxbaby!
    I am 30, newly married, still childless, and working on second degree.
    My classes have been a pleasant mixture. I LOVE older students b/c I learn so much from them. I have a younger girl that sits next to me and she grumbles under her breath when one of the older ladies asks an intelligent question...whereas I sit there absorbing every drop of the conversation! And 100% of the time it is something that I was wondering about myself but to shy to ask! This same girl stays amazed by my study techniques...and my grades. Sometimes it pays to be older!
  13. by   dstudent
    Hey there,

    Welcome to the allnurses and the nursing student life......

    I'm 31 with three children I started off at school doing full time for a year now I'm going part time this semester and enjoying it well honestly a bit of it I could really do without the stress that comes with it.

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