Getting my degree later than many and in not the most traditional of circumstances...

  1. So I am 29, I guess it was two years ago I really made up mind to go back to school for nursing. I did my cna over the summer, in fact at first everything was happening fast. I was home schooled so I had to start with a ged. I aced the test on my first try. my instructor was very encouraging. She said I shouldn't just be nurse I should specialize. All was going well. Then i went through a separation, and I have three young children. It has been two years now and I am just on my second semester. I had to do developmental math and science. I aced the science, but have been struggling with the Algebra. meanwhile I have been working as a cna. Any one who has been one knows how hard a job it is.

    Any other single mom nursing students on here? Do you ever feel like giving up or that youll never get into school? I know 30 isn't that old but its a far cry from 18.

    I am putting in my application for the lpn program tomorrow. I want to bridge to rn but I Think this may be a good start for me.
    Last edit by Joe V on Jan 28, '13 : Reason: spacing
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  3. by   DoeRN
    I'm my program the older students outweighed the younger ones. The 18 and 20 year olds were the minority.

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  4. by   zoe92
    I can't relate to your cirumstances, but I think you should know that now many nursing students are not traditional. There are so many parents, people who are 25+ or those either coming back for another degree or starting college for the first time. So I am sure you will meet many on your journey (if you haven't yet) who have unique circumstances as well. I wish you a lot of luck, you sound like you have been through so much!
  5. by   littlerayofsunshine
    You are not alone. I'm in my late 40s and this a second career for me. Your life experience will make you a better nurse. You will be able to relate to a wider variety of people. Use your strengths!
  6. by   Katie71275
    Definitely not alone! I will be 29 in April, and have 4 kids(married, but it's still hard). Good luck!!
  7. by   Stephalump
    Eh, most of the students in our class range from 25-40. There are a few closer to 20 and some all the way up to 60, but nursing has become the career of the older and more experienced it seems. No worries.
  8. by   loriangel14
    I was 38, a single mom and I worked 7 days a week and went to night school.

    You can do it.
  9. by   Melysa1973
    I'll be 40 in June, just starting out on my BSN. Many in my class are in their late 20's and early 30's.
  10. by   Jill2Shay
    Who's 18? I'm 36. My class has 90 students in there and I don't think a single one is that young. Many are in their 30s and 40s, and some are in their 60s.
  11. by   Lauraash
    IM 29, single mom of 6yr old and 7mth old. I work full time as well. All I do from day to day is breathe... That's all I can do some days. Just keep pushing thro.
  12. by   bellangie12
    You're not alone! I am 25. Single mother of two. Working weekdays and weekend nights days and will start RN school in Sept 2013. Currently working as a CNA. Don't give up. Think of your children and the better economic stability you would bring them and yourself later on. You CAN DO IT!
  13. by   Esme12
    Quote from AbbyVincent
    So I am 29, I guess it was two years ago I really made up mind to go back to school for nursing. I did my cna over the summer, in fact at first everything was happening fast. I was home schooled so I had to start with a ged. I aced the test on my first try. my instructor was very encouraging. She said I shouldn't just be nurse I should specialize. All was going well. Then i went through a separation, and I have three young children. It has been two years now and I am just on my second semester. I had to do developmental math and science. I aced the science, but have been struggling with the Algebra. meanwhile I have been working as a cna. Any one who has been one knows how hard a job it is.

    Any other single mom nursing students on here? Do you ever feel like giving up or that youll never get into school? I know 30 isn't that old but its a far cry from 18.

    I am putting in my application for the lpn program tomorrow. I want to bridge to rn but I Think this may be a good start for me.
    Congratulations! Anything worth having is worth fighting for.....I am curious about what your instructor said about that you
    shouldn't just be nurse I should specialize.
    I am curious.......What did they mean? You have to be a nurse first before you can specialize.....and a nurse that specializes is "just a nurse" with experience and training in a specific area of interest. Was that instructor a nurse?

    I wish you the very best...nursing can be a difficult road....but it is so worth the effort.
  14. by   RubberDuckieLove
    I agree with PPs, you are not alone! I am 28, three kids, and just started my first semester of nursing classes after working for about a year and a half on core classes. My class is all older students as well.

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