New Here, with Question!

  1. You all seem so friendly. It's so good to be here because I have no one to talk to about this.

    I'm going to be 54 this month, will have an AA degree in Liberal Arts as of 6/03, and won't be able to start my nursing pre-reqs until fall of '03. Since I work FT, I'm only going to be able to take one course each semester. By the time I get ready to apply to nursing school (for just a 2-year degree), it's going to be 3 years from now, and I'll be 57. Which means I'll probably be 58 by the time I get into nursing school, IF I get into nursing school. And that's my question: is my age going to work against me? And, if it does, how much is it going to work against me? Should I just give up my dream of being a nurse? I don't want to put a lot of time/years into pre-reqs for nursing school if there's little or no chance I'll be able to get in.

    Thanks.
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  2. 20 Comments

  3. by   subec
    Don't give up your dream!!!!!

    Your age shouldn't be a hindrance, if anything it may help you.

    Good luck to you, and keep us posted on your progress.
  4. by   BellaTerra2002
    That's all I needed to hear! LOL I decided to 'go for it' when last spring I met a nurse who taught in a nursing school and said that the oldest graduate that coming June would be 61 years old when she (the student) graduated. The next week I was in the nursing school counselor's office! LOL The counsel said age was not a barrier. I am in great health and physically fit. I should be able to do this! Thanks!
  5. by   BMS4
    Glad to hear you are continuing on with school. Good luck!
  6. by   nurseleigh
    GO FOR IT!!!!!!!!!!

    A quote from one of my fave movies:

    "Either get busy living, or get busy dying."-Shawshank Redemption

    Live it up and don't look back!

    Leigh
  7. by   emily_mom
    We have a lot of non-trad students in our class, and they generally do better than the younger set! If you have a dream, don't let age stand in your way!

    Kristy
  8. by   memphispanda
    We have at least 3 students in my class that are in your age range (there are a couple that I am not sure how old they are). As far as I know they are doing fine. One is having some financial difficulties and has moved into the dorm. They have a lot of experiences that are really great to share with the class as a whole, and have a lot of motivation to do well.
  9. by   renerian
    Never give up...........................................go go go..............

    renerian
  10. by   BellaTerra2002
    You all are just great! Thanks so much!
  11. by   RN_Kwissie
    Bella....don't ever give up on your dreams!! I have two really quick stories for you...a speech was given by Winston Chruchill in regards when one should give up a dream...he got up to the podium and stated, "I will address when it is good to give up a dream, never, never, NEVER!" with that he sat down and was done with the speech...I bet the people in the audience will never forget that speech!
    The second is about a lady who was 75 and all her life she wanted to be a nurse. She went through school, and never planned on working, but she wanted to be able to say she was a nurse before she passed away. After she finished school, she was hired right away, and worked until she was 82. I hear she didn't look a day over 65, and acted like she was 30! Soooo, don't let little pre-reqs get you down...look for classes you can take online to get some of the pre-reqs out of the way!

    good luck!
    Kristina
  12. by   vashka25
    Life only holds regrets for those that didn't try.....

    You can do it !!!!!! Besides, you've now got your own personal cheering section right here !!! We might be a little wacky at times....but we're all heart !!!!!!!!!

    All the best of luck to you!

    ~Dawn~
  13. by   NurseDixie
    Don't give up! I am 46 y/o, I have 2 semesters to go. I get along fine with the other students. I did have to drop this semester d/t problems with my health, but things are under control now (diabetes). I love school. Hang in there!
  14. by   BellaTerra2002
    Who were so good to send me public and personal replies, I am MOST grateful. You gave just the encouragement I needed. Thank you SO MUCH.

    Bella :kiss LOL

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