Quote from TheCommuter
One of our site moderators (Esme12) became an associate degree RN at age 18. However, she graduated nursing school in the late 1970s.
An 18-year-old RN would be exceedingly rare in today's world.
ESME and I went to nursing school together! Boiler up!
Quote from meanmaryjean
Fun fact: ESME and I went to nursing school together! Boiler up!
Gotta love Boilermakers!
Unfortunately in today's world it is highly unlikely to graduate any program under the age of 20 to 21 and that is still a stretch. Most schools today require a year of prerequisite courses before you start clinical rotations so even a "Two year ADN/ASN program" is really 3 years.
The program that meanmaryjean went to was a unique opportunity when the programs were leaving the diploma based programs and transitioning to new "new" 2 year college based entry nursing degree. Our program was tough as our clinical experience was close to the same clinical hours as a diploma program AND....it was concurrent with all the other college and prereq. courses. We worked like dogs.
Our nursing program is no longer in existence as it was as it is now the accelerated (with a difficult reputation) BSN program. Our program had one of the very few nursing faculty that was doctoral prepared. Dr. Ellis died of cancer years ago (RIP...you were a great lady) and she took a chance on a young, wide eyed, innocent, smart girl. Thank you Dr Ellis.
I graduated high school VERY YOUNG!!! I was in the "gifted" program and technically never went to second grade and started kindergarten at age 4 (December birthday I turned 5). I was....18 when I graduated nursing....going to nursing school was, shall I say, "enlightening!"...LOL. It was a LONG time ago.