Introductions:"New" and "Old" Students. - page 95

:wavey: everyone! how about a thread that will allow us to introduce ourselves to those who are new and the new students can do the same. i am stephany, 42, mother of 3 children, a son 22,... Read More

  1. by   cingulargirl21
    Hi, I just finished my 5th semester in the BSN program......after 2 years of pre reqs this was my 1st semester doing strictly nursing courses! It was a challenge, very hard.............I got 2 A's and 3 B's! I am so happy! Yea! I am thrilled to have found this forum! I am gonna enjoy my break and work hard next semester!
    Nursing school is so hard......so much work and so little time but I have 2 A's and 3 B's! I am so so happy! I worked hard and it paid off!!!!:hatparty:
  2. by   LilPeanut
    I'm starting AU05 in a MSN program, I'm a 28yo mother of 2 (4.5 and 2) and I have a BA in Spanish already.

    I'm very excited, I'm going to be heading to being an NNP
  3. by   RNin07
    Hello to everyone
    I am 38 and mom of three teenagers. I start pre-reqs in January 2005, planning on entering ADN program in Fall 05. Is it normal to be nervous? Guess so, but I have always wanted to do this and I finally got the courage to go for it. Also I want to say that everyone on here has been extremely supportive and helpful ! I'm so happy I found Allnurses.com!
  4. by   Pammie
    Hi! I just finished my first semester of actual nursing classes. That wonderful feeling of getting that acceptance letter is still very fresh. I am keeping my letter.

    Good luck! I hope you have a great bunch of teachers and enjoy it as much as I did.

    Pammie
  5. by   Pammie
    Hi and welcome. I like your name. Some of the students at our school bought t-shirts at the state-wide National Student Nurses Association convention. They read RN2B.

    I am 48 and will graduate in May 06. I have 4 teenagers at home and 4 adult children that are grown (and a 5th grand on the way.) It is MY turn now. I have loved school and studied hard. You will do great if you really, really apply yourself. I have completed 77 hours and have a 3.9, but I aim high. The ones that have done best at my college are the ones who study, study, study. One of the girls that failed went to the GANS (GA chapters) conference with us. When three of us were all talking "shop" one evening with a student who was 3 semesters ahead and giving us tips, she left the room saying, "I have to hear this at school and at the sessions. I sure don't want to talk about it now." I knew she was not going to make it. Those of us who passed our first nursing class were those who talk it, read it, and study it.

    Glad to meet you and hope you have a great time learning!
    Pammie
  6. by   skyyhiflygirl
    My name is Darcy and I just got my acceptance letter to start my ADN program this January. I am 43, have one son, 12, and love to skydive. I cannot wait to get started.

    Look forward to getting to know everyone.
  7. by   Pammie
    Hi Darcy. It is amazing how it feels to get that letter. I told my hubbie that it felt like being accepted into some exclusive club. I have been surprised at how many students are older, too. (as in 40+) At my school, more of the older students are passing than the younger ones. Those of us who have had to put this off REALLY appreciate this opportunity.

    Skydiving is an unusual hobby. Obviously, you are not afraid of a challenge!


    Quote from skyyhiflygirl
    My name is Darcy and I just got my acceptance letter to start my ADN program this January. I am 43, have one son, 12, and love to skydive. I cannot wait to get started.

    Look forward to getting to know everyone.
  8. by   Aquamarine
    Hi Larry, I probably have you beat on the age thing. I was a nutritionist for 15 + yrs. at a major medical center and decided to go back to school. I remember waiting for them to decide if they were going to take all my prereqs and they did even though they were 15 yrs. old. I was failry active in the medical field and in teaching nutrition, etc. My last grades were good so they did. Time is not exactly on my side and I did not want to spend more than two yrs. getting the RN. I am just finished with my 3rd semester and have one more to go. At times, especially in the beginning, it was rough but mainly just managing the time to get everything done. Academically it is not that difficult to understand. I find clinicals more difficult as I have never had hands on experience. I think my biggest fears was being (once again) a non-traditional student. The students were great in accepting me, my study buddy is the youngest student and I am the oldest. Now my age is not much of an issue as we are all just praying we make it. I think if you are experienced and have done well in most any field, have an interest in caring for others and in health...than you can successfully complete the RN program and more. I am hoping the next 5 months are not too bad and that I make it. I wish you the best of luck going through the acceptance process and nursing school. We have only one male in a class of 62! Good Luck!
    My name is Larry.....retired from the the military after 30 years (you do the math for my age ) I was a medic/corpsman so I decided to get my BSN

    Married to my child bride for 23 wonderful years:kiss No one else for me (she's really more than I can handle...and no I'm NOT sharing)...

    Right now I'm in the "wait for your transcript to arrive" stage to see if I need any prereqs, I know that I will need some. I have a BS degree but not in Nursing so there will be some fill in the blank courses to take.....

    This forum is really a godsend, thank all of you for your post they have really helped me a lot and I look forward to many semesters of posting and reading others.

    Mr. L

    ps
    My wife says I look like my avator/picture[/QUOTE]
  9. by   Aquamarine
    Hi Pammie, You are right in picking out the ones that won't make it. It has to be your life while you are in school and for me it will always be. I am older than you are. I think it is difficult at times but very interesting. I was a nurtritionist for 15 yrs. and loved that but wanted more. It is difficult doing this financially but 5 more months to go...I hope I make it and can still make the mortgage payment too! Last year I worked every night, now I work Friday nights and Sunday mornings only and it is working out better for study time. My school is an hour away from my house so I spend some time travelling each day also. Have you heard about how your school has done on the boards. Ours did not do that good last yr. and now they are cracking down very hard on the students. Trying to get rid of those that they just "think" are not going to make it. It is frightening as some of the girls were passing lecture but were just a little weak on the care plans. I guess that is the worst part for me...the care plans. I am going to practice over the winter break and do a few for each major disease. I have an instructor that is going to go over them. Our instructors for the senior year are great. Dedicated to the students and the profession. The first year was a little like the army and the convent.

    Good luck to you, you have the right attitude and I am sure you will make a wonderful and dedicated nurse.
    Nancy


    Quote from Pammie
    Hi and welcome. I like your name. Some of the students at our school bought t-shirts at the state-wide National Student Nurses Association convention. They read RN2B.

    I am 48 and will graduate in May 06. I have 4 teenagers at home and 4 adult children that are grown (and a 5th grand on the way.) It is MY turn now. I have loved school and studied hard. You will do great if you really, really apply yourself. I have completed 77 hours and have a 3.9, but I aim high. The ones that have done best at my college are the ones who study, study, study. One of the girls that failed went to the GANS (GA chapters) conference with us. When three of us were all talking "shop" one evening with a student who was 3 semesters ahead and giving us tips, she left the room saying, "I have to hear this at school and at the sessions. I sure don't want to talk about it now." I knew she was not going to make it. Those of us who passed our first nursing class were those who talk it, read it, and study it.

    Glad to meet you and hope you have a great time learning!
    Pammie
  10. by   Aquamarine
    Hi, I am in the RN program with 6 months to go. I was a nutritionist in a dialysis unit and worked in a major medical center for about 15 yrs. and decided I needed more. There aren't many nutritonists out there, not many jobs and I wanted to be able to continue in the mdical field but with more of a challenge and more flexibility, not to mention financial benenfits. I prefer the night shift and alsthough that was available in dialysis for the most part is was not always an option in the nurtrition field. I think I am going to like nursing, if I make it for the next 6 months. The academics are a challange but I am dedicated and love to learn, the clinicals scare me as I did not have the hands on experience that you have had. Any suggestions? I am a go getter but know I need the experience to feel comfortable. Our school did not fair well on the boards so they are cracking down in clinical and I have the toughest instructor yet to get through! I will have 10 weeks with her towards the end of next semester. I am going to have it counted out by the days, hours and minutes. I am petrifiedof what is ahead.I will feel more comfortable on the job itself than with her. Good luck...Nancy

    Quote from hsg1
    Hi Tiffany-
    I'm 57 and in an ADN program. This is a career change for me. I had worked for a major health insurer for 15 years as a manager until over 1200 of us were laid off in a "downsizing". After almost 2 years I found another position as a manager of a garden center, until the company closde down 5 1/2 years later. Having been laid off twice is enough! I had been an Army medic in the late 60's, and then had worked for a few years as a "nursing tech" doing LPN level work, and as a dialysis tech. I'm finally in the career I want to stay in, and will match my commitment to anyone's. Best of luck in your program!
    Howard
  11. by   Aquamarine
    I also am one of the old dogs, my grades are good, not like yours 94% but good, I understand the academics just still green with the clinical aspect. I am hanging in there with 6 more months to go....I always wanted to be a nurse but ended up being a nutritionist for 15 yrs. and I loved it but wanted more. So far it is good but always worried about the next semester. Thanks for the encouragement.
    Quote from meintheUSA
    GOOD LUCK BARBIE,
    You will do fine.... I am amazed at the younger generation.... I had been out of school 35 years before I decided to be certified as nurses assistant, and the younger classmates were really something.... I never studied so hard myself, but passed my class with 94%.... In my case, You CAN teach an older dog new tricks....LOL Have fun tonight....
  12. by   Aquamarine
    Hang in there, I am also 57yrs. old. You can certainly do it. A step at a tiem. I was a nutritionist so I had some medical background. The academics are a challenge but certainly doable. I like the course, hate the lack of time but what can you do? If you want something bad enough you can accomplish it. I have 6 more months to go and I am not confindent about it but know in the end I will make it. My goal is to be a caring nurse who is very good at what I do. That has always been my goal to do the best I can. I just hope we all make it.Good luck to you. There were guys that worked with me before that were RN's and they had factory jobs before. They were not acclimated to the health environment and a little bit awkward, but only in the very beginning. Women can be pretty mean to the guys sometimes. It is difficult for a guy but once you break in you are fine. I think for school the most important thing is team work with your classmates. I did not have any trouble making friends even though everyone was younger. My study buddy is young enough to be my granddaughter! I think age is not a factor when you all have the same goal and the same direction. I was pleased after I got in and got to know everyone that they did not care about my age but no matter what I was doing this and that was that! Good luck to you. You have a lot on your side because of your age. You know what it takes to succeed already so just go for the gold! Nancy
    Quote from hsg1
    Hello- I am 57, male, just starting first semester of 2 year ADN. Divorced, have an 18 y.o. son in college. This is career switch for me after 1 layoff and 1 company closing!
  13. by   nancynurse1069
    hey stapahany, i am new too, i have been an lpn for 6 years and am ready to venture out into the rn program, i am however 6 months pregnant and have to wait for the birth of my daughter before taking on such a heavy load. i am so looking forward to it though. i love being a nurse but hate the way that lpn's tend to be treated by some. i wish you the very best.
    nancy


    Quote from love-a-nurse
    everyone!

    how about a thread that will allow us to introduce ourselves to those who are new and the new students can do the same.


    i am stephany, 42, mother of 3 children, a son 22, a daughter 15, and a son 13. i am an lpn of nearly 11 years, and i am in my first semester of a five semester rn program.

    care to share?

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