Curious. How many "older" students - page 12

It seems that alot of people are doing nursing for a second career. Just curious. How old is everyone? Who has kids? Is it a mixed group in the professional part of the nursing program (I am... Read More

  1. by   Kyriaka
    Thanks SC Mom and Happy Mother's Day to you!!

    God Bless!

    Kara
  2. by   samrogers
    Quote from meemaw1
    I'm just thrilled to have had a few 50+plusers respond!!!
    I feel so good knowing that there are others like me who still want to learn, grow, and contribute in midlife

    Congrats to you graduating next year. I'm sure your kids are so proud of you and what an example you're showing to them that we are never to old
    or used up to start a new path.

    I have a daughter 32 and one 28. They are both behind me and proud of me
    My hubby is my best supporter!

    I start nursing this Fall, and the program will continue for three years, two semesters a year.

    I'll be 60 when I graduate, but I'll be 60 in three years anyway, why not have a BSN-rn degree too!!!1 lol

    I'd love to keep updated about your last year .

    Go girl! Go girl! go girl!
    Thanks for responding--your statement about aging it exactly right. You're going to do it anyway so why not enjoy what you're doing. My husband has been very supportive. I will try to keep in touch. Have to get ready to leave for class. Have a great day.
  3. by   Ned the Red
    a little encouragement from an old-timer. just saw my grade posted for a&p i on the school website. i couldn't believe it but there it was staring me right in the face - a big, fat a! now i feel like if i can pull that off after not having taken any classes in 30 years maybe i can actually do this thing!

    there's hope for all of us yet!
  4. by   samrogers
    Quote from ned the red
    a little encouragement from an old-timer. just saw my grade posted for a&p i on the school website. i couldn't believe it but there it was staring me right in the face - a big, fat a! now i feel like if i can pull that off after not having taken any classes in 30 years maybe i can actually do this thing!

    there's hope for all of us yet!
    you bet you can. i'm 53 and was able to maintain a b average going into my last year. it's hard to believe i graduate in less than a year (may 5, 2005) to be exact. but who's counting ha ha. i will have my associate degree rn then. old minds may take a different style of studying than when we were younger, but we are more serious about it and our determination is in high gear. when do you graduate?
  5. by   SCmomof3
    Quote from ned the red
    a little encouragement from an old-timer. just saw my grade posted for a&p i on the school website. i couldn't believe it but there it was staring me right in the face - a big, fat a! now i feel like if i can pull that off after not having taken any classes in 30 years maybe i can actually do this thing!

    there's hope for all of us yet!
    wtg!!
  6. by   tommycher
    I am 46, graduated at 45. I don't act my age though! I graduated with a 4.0, and I got the award for the Heisi exam, (mock NCLEX) at graduation. Found out later that everyone thought I would due to my AGE and LIFE EXPERIENCE. Didn't matter I guess that I had to learn all the same stuff they did! And, my heavens then, how embarrassing for me if I had NOT done so well! I LOVE being a nurse, dreamed of it all my life. Never knew how to apply for college until I helped both my kids, then it was not so scary for me! Have 2 grown college graduates who are very proud of their mom! Good luck, and remember life ain't over till you are dead!
  7. by   samrogers
    Quote from tommycher
    I am 46, graduated at 45. I don't act my age though! I graduated with a 4.0, and I got the award for the Heisi exam, (mock NCLEX) at graduation. Found out later that everyone thought I would due to my AGE and LIFE EXPERIENCE. Didn't matter I guess that I had to learn all the same stuff they did! And, my heavens then, how embarrassing for me if I had NOT done so well! I LOVE being a nurse, dreamed of it all my life. Never knew how to apply for college until I helped both my kids, then it was not so scary for me! Have 2 grown college graduates who are very proud of their mom! Good luck, and remember life ain't over till you are dead!
    It's great to be able to accomplish things for ourselves after our kids are grown. My kids are very supportive also. My husband is great. He jokes about me eventually going into traveling nursing. Going south in the winter and back to Wisconsin in the summer. He says he could golf in both places. HA HA. He retired early after a heart attack, but has gone back to work part time so I can get my degree. He drives a bus for handicap people. I am going to work for a couple of years in a small local hospital to get experience
    and then possibly look into traveling. Have a great day.
  8. by   pmarshall43
    I am 45, going through a divorce, the mother of two teens,menapause, I would cry if I wasn't laughing! I am discouraged over the long waiting lists, but I see there are many new innovative programs and expansion of existing. The horror stories scare me , even tho I have done extremely well in my prereque's. My grandmother started nursing scholl at the age of 60!!!!!!!! passed at the top of her class.
  9. by   Natalieboo
    I am 22 and this will be my second career. I know, it sounds silly! Since I was 16 years old I have worked in the computer and internet industry, doing everything from technical support, to web/graphic design, the building computers, and managing networks of 15,000 servers located worldwide. I made $50,000/year before I was 18 working in Boston before all the dot com failures. Finally, I am SICK TO DEATH of computers.

    Two years ago, not only was my daughter born but a new passion for a career in L&D. I've been a birth doula since she was 3 months old and now I am working on getting into a 4 year BScN program here at UWO. I'm pregnant again and due in November, so taking this leap is nerve wracking but I'd rather do it all sooner than later. Anyways, that's me.
  10. by   Bevi
    I'm 38.... i think.....

    yep.....38

    finally my turn, i never could have been the student i am now 20 years ago... I just didn't know enough about myself and life. Thank goodness for late bloomage.
  11. by   minnielynn
    I've been married 14 years and we've been together 20. I have a 13 year old boy & an 8 year old girl. I've been paper pushing (bookkeeper) for the past 15 years. I took A&P I and Medical Term for a medical billing course & I loved it. Now I am working in a Hospital and I love the patient contact so I am switching careers. I start my pre-req's in july. I cant wait!!!!!!!:hatparty:
  12. by   Truly_Blessed
    I'm 26 about to be 27 next month. I have 1 child who is 6. I am starting an LVN program this fall. I will be taking it one step at a time....I will eventually do the ADN thing, and after that...If I feel the need, maybe I will try for BSN. I have a feeling I will be burned out after getting an ADN...so I will probably just stay there. It will be a really big accomplishment for me.
  13. by   Havin' A Party!
    Quote from Natalieboo
    I am 22...
    Natalie -- What the heck are you doin' posting in an "Older Students" thread?!?!

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