Curious. How many "older" students - page 5

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   javagirl
    ...I'm old enough that I have some nerve using a screen name with "girl" in it.
  2. by   irishrose53
    Quote from ayndim
    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 still doing pre-reqs)? Where are you living and what school do you plan on going to. BSN or ADN? What area of nursing do you want to go into?

    I am 32, will be 33 in August. I am married with 3 kids. I live in Phoenix and will be going to Arizona State University for my BSN. I am doing the BSN rather than the ADN because I would like to be a CNM. Although I am also interested in ICU too.
    I'm 50! And am starting in the fall. ADN. That was the first program to call and I jumped at it.
  3. by   JenRN_2B
    I'm 28 now, married, 2 kids. I'll be almost 30 by the time I graduate. I used to think I was old, until I found out that the average ADN graduate is 30. WooHoo, I'm average! :chuckle
  4. by   nurseshawna
    hi, i'm 28 with 4 kids (2 are mine, 2 are step children, all at home with us). i am in my first semester of my ADN program. i spent last year doing pre-reqs. i also have to drive to get to my cc, about 150 mile round trip.
  5. by   nurse2be in ny
    I'm 41, single mom to a 19 year-old, was working on pre-reqs for an accelerated BSN/MSN program due to start this May. Money issues and a health problem have reared their ugly heads (again), so as of right now I'm not taking classes and had to withdraw from the program I was going to start. I'm trying to see the good in all this, but I feel like it's one road-block after another sometimes. Anyway, I still have my goal of becoming a psychiatric nurse practitioner someday; it'll just take a little longer.
  6. by   AmyB
    Hi there. I'm a 31 year old mother of three (6 1/2, almost 8, and 9). I actually started nursing school ten years ago and had to quit after the first semester. Now that my kids are in school all day, I can restart. I'm in my second semester of the ADN program and I'm loving it.
  7. by   Euphrosyne7
    Hi all:

    I am turning 36 in March and am now taking the first two nursing classes for a bachelor's at RIC in Rhode Island. If I go through both summer sessions, I should graduate in the Spring of 2006! I then plan on getting my Masters in either Psych NP or Health Administration. But who knows, by then I could change my mind and decide that I want to practice in a different field of nursing.

    I am divorced with no children but have 2 furbabies, Zeus, a chow and Persephone, a great pyrenees. Up till now, I have been a legal assistant/office administrator at a law office and have slowly been taking my prereq's and general ed's for the past few years in order to obtain my goal of being a nurse.

    I think that there is definitely some advantage to being an older student; for myself particularly, I feel that I take my classes with more seriousness than I would have earlier on in my life.

    Good luck to all........
    Carla
  8. by   hopefully
    I am 36. I will start LPN school in August and I am taking an A/P class right now and the course work has been very very brutal to me!
  9. by   NICURNtobe
    I turned 50 in Jan and I'm almost finished with my first year of my ASN. I hope to continue on to get my ACNP (acute care np), by the time I'm 54!!
  10. by   akumal
    Quote from ayndim
    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 still doing pre-reqs)? Where are you living and what school do you plan on going to. BSN or ADN? What area of nursing do you want to go into?

    I am 32, will be 33 in August. I am married with 3 kids. I live in Phoenix and will be going to Arizona State University for my BSN. I am doing the BSN rather than the ADN because I would like to be a CNM. Although I am also interested in ICU too.
    At 53, I am the oldest in my nursing class. I have three grown children, 3 grandchildren (my eldest is a physician). Some think I'm a bit off to be doing this but most show real support. I decided to become a nurse after a nasty divorce (I was married 30 years).
    I was one of 8 children and but for two of the siblings, they are all in the medical field (as were my parents). The divorce released me to chase the dream of my life . . .anything in medicine. I have a previous non-medical degree and so that helped a bit. I have 14 months left and in total this
    RN will have taken me 3 years. That's alot of time at my age. So far, so good. I do plan on going on to further medical studies post-grad but now I'm just concentrating on accomplishing this task. I guess this proves that no one is really "too old" to go after their heart's desire. Good Luck to everyone.
    Last edit by akumal on Mar 4, '04
  11. by   maagfour
    I'll be 36 in August. I am the mother of a 10, 8,6 and 4 year old. The college I attend the RN program is set up in quarters. After a two year wait I am now in my first quarter of clinicals. Close to 50% of our class is over 30.
  12. by   dramaluvr
    Quote from ayndim
    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 still doing pre-reqs)? Where are you living and what school do you plan on going to. BSN or ADN? What area of nursing do you want to go into?

    I am 32, will be 33 in August. I am married with 3 kids. I live in Phoenix and will be going to Arizona State University for my BSN. I am doing the BSN rather than the ADN because I would like to be a CNM. Although I am also interested in ICU too.
    I am 26 and feel older. I have two children and yes this will be my second career. I am currently an MT and have the itch to go back to school. I am married and my husband is currently in medical school.
  13. by   tylerlvn
    I am 34 married with three kids. A 14 year old daughter, a 7 year old son, and a 3 year old daughter. This is a second career for me also.

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