Curious. How many "older" students - page 7

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   Sisu
    Hi, I'm 46 years young, a career changer, and going to school full time to do my general education requirements and have been accepted into an ADN program for September 2004. I'm glad I'll have all of my pre-reqs done beforehand!

    I have two sons, 13 and 10 and they think it's fun to see me color in my A&P Color book...;-) Me too!

    Good luck to everyone!

    Sisu
  2. by   rivergirl2003
    Hi everyone- have been reading your posts for a while now and thought i'd join in.I'm a newbie-to computers, chatrooms and full on studying. ive just commenced a 3yr undergrad uni degree in bachelor of nursing- oh yeah, i'm an aussie and some of these abbreviations are esoterical, for example: - what does ADN, CNM mean? I too am older (40....aaaah!) with hubby and kids and there are quite a few of us in the class. mostly E.N's (enrolled nurses- a 1yr diploma couse) which I did year before last- prior to that i've been a carer in nursinghomes for 22 years- what a leap of faith hey?:hatparty:



    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.
  3. by   mumhuff
    Hi,
    I need some advice. (I'm a 49yr. old mother of two sons 19 and 23,and caregiver for my 90 year old mother.) I've been enrolled in a 3 year ADN program and had to withdrawl this week. I was failing the lecture portion of the med/surg class although I have an "A" in the clinical and lab portions. Anyway I withdrew because I didn't want to ruin my GPA and will return in spring of 05 to retake this class. (The only time it is offered).

    Instead of sitting around for a year, I was wondering if maybe I should look into a Surgical Technologist Diploma? I'm so down on myself from doing so bad on the N-CLEX style exams that I'm not even sure if I could possibly survive the Surg Tech courses either. All I know is that I want to work in a health profession. Any advice would be appreciated.
  4. by   Cindee
    Hi! Im 38 now, married with 2 -11 yr old girls, and 1 -15 yr old boy. Who by- the -way is teaching me algebra!! Ya know whats funny is...I went to the CC when my son was 6 months old wanting a nursing degree back then...the counciler looked at me and said "your alittle older than the other students, are you sure this is right for you?" I was 24 then, and that stuck in my head..I never enrolled. Now I know I am not too old, and its time to get this done!! I am hoping to work in med/surd or orthopedics when I AM A NURSE!!! And dont listen to anyone who can not support you, if this is what you want dont let anything or anyone get in your way.
  5. by   mustangmary
    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 also in Phoenix, I am attending GCC and Rio Salado colleges. Just finishing with my prereq's and will attend the nurse assisting program in the fall at Glendale Community College. Then hopefully, be in the spring 2005 nurse program. I am 40 and have 4 kids. 16, 14, 11, 2. I started my prereq's 2 yrs. ago. I am only taking 1 or 2 classes a semester. I am planning on becoming an RN and would like to work in the Labor and Delivery or the NICU. We will see. Would like to go on to become an xray tech or something in that field eventually. Will have to see.
  6. by   Silicone
    Quote from Ned the Red
    And, am I the only older student who gets asked if he's the instructor??
    I was asked by another (young) student if I had any kids.
    I said no and asked why? "Because you look like a mom."
    The guy next to her moved to the other side of the lab
    table. LOL!

    I'm 45 years young. My friends have been supportive.
    The few people that don't get it, I don't care about.
    If they can't handle me going back to school, that's
    their problem - NOT MINE.

    Samantha
  7. by   MryRose
    Quote from Silicone
    I was asked by another (young) student if I had any kids.
    I said no and asked why? "Because you look like a mom."
    The guy next to her moved to the other side of the lab
    table. LOL!

    I'm 45 years young. My friends have been supportive.
    The few people that don't get it, I don't care about.
    If they can't handle me going back to school, that's
    their problem - NOT MINE.

    Samantha

    LOL Samantha..... I have to giggle about the instructor question. This has happened to me before. It doesn't bother me at all! I like to think they recognize my confidence level... hee hee.

    I've found that as we get into the subjects, the younger students frequently will ask me questions before they will ask the instructor. Which I find very flattering, personally.

    Hugs!
    MaryRose
  8. by   KattB
    Is it hard learning algebra???? I am having to teach myself but it feels like I am reading a foreign language...any suggestions????
  9. by   Achoo!
    Quote from KattB
    Is it hard learning algebra???? I am having to teach myself but it feels like I am reading a foreign language...any suggestions????

    You can get videos from the library. They are geared towards helping you learn for your GED, but it is basic and advanced algebra. It helped me.
  10. by   tuppence
    Hi. I haven't posted before, but it seemed like as good a thread as any to introduce myself on. I'm not that "old" -- I'm turning 25 next week -- but I am a returning student with a family. I have a previous BA in French, I'm married, and my husband and I have 2-year-old boy plus a new baby girl expected to arrive this summer. I'm taking my prerequisites right now and waiting to find out if I got into the nursing classes starting in the fall.
  11. by   KattB
    Quote from Achoo!
    You can get videos from the library. They are geared towards helping you learn for your GED, but it is basic and advanced algebra. It helped me.
    Can you purchase these from a book store?? Do you remember what they are called?
  12. by   cclev
    Quote from mumhuff
    Hi,
    I need some advice. (I'm a 49yr. old mother of two sons 19 and 23,and caregiver for my 90 year old mother.) I've been enrolled in a 3 year ADN program and had to withdrawl this week. I was failing the lecture portion of the med/surg class although I have an "A" in the clinical and lab portions. Anyway I withdrew because I didn't want to ruin my GPA and will return in spring of 05 to retake this class. (The only time it is offered).

    Instead of sitting around for a year, I was wondering if maybe I should look into a Surgical Technologist Diploma? I'm so down on myself from doing so bad on the N-CLEX style exams that I'm not even sure if I could possibly survive the Surg Tech courses either. All I know is that I want to work in a health profession. Any advice would be appreciated.
    I didn't know you were a member here! It's a tough decision that you are facing. Taking care of your mother has also been stressful for you. Knowing that you weren't the only one leaving from our class this week SHOULD make you feel like the pace of the class has more to do with your leaving than your abilities. You are more than capable. I felt very pushed this semester and am really trying to stay focused on having a break in August. I would check into the surg/tech courses if that's something that you are interested in. Also, why not complete the paperwork and test for your CNA so that you can work in the field in the mean time. You will be able to pick up things just by working with people and understanding their conditions. In the mean time, if you want me to, I could make a copy of the reading list for the next course so that you can try to cover the material on your own. I think we could all use a little more time between exams to absorb the information.
  13. by   needatag
    Hey, folks I'm a 45 yr old male LPN student June grad [come on June]. Early in my class a 20 something fellow student . Said" oh he must fill that older white guy demagraphic" Ouch!! My daughter[13] has just started telling her friends. And she loves grading my math homework with a red pen no less .

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