OVER-40 Fall 2012 Nursing Students--Roll Call - page 4

I've posted and read other posts about the *slightly* older student and the overwhelming sentiment is "Wow! So great to hear I'm not alone!" I thought it would be helpful and encouraging to centralize the over-40 newbies in... Read More

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    Quote from laski
    Hm-8404, your university might not put a lot of stock into your experience, but I'm betting your future employer will! What drew you to nursing? What does your family/friends think?
    I grew up a Navy brat so I had always been around military personnel. I decided to following my fathers footsteps and joined to Navy. Being a Corpsman was a no brainer for me. When I got out I wanted to continue in a career that closely matched what I loved. Actually a PA is the closest, but due to finances and circumstances RN is the best fit. My family is behind me 100%, as well as my friends.

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    Just finished reading an awesome thread about a young 50-something getting ready to start a nursing program so I thought I'd put another call out for those over 40 (or close to 40) who are getting ready to start a nursing program (or those in the middle of one!) to tell us a little about yourself. These forums have been invaluable and getting to know others in the same proverbial boat will be a great foundation of support.

    Three weeks before we begin. I'm brushing up on A & P after finishing a summer nutrition course.
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    Last year I was 40 years old when I started my first year of nursing school with my 19 and 20 year old kids. It tickles me that this "Old brain" beats them pointswise on tests, but they are much braver than me in clinicals. They are not afraid of a procedure "hurting" a patient where I have enough experience in life that I worry about what the patient is going through emotionally and my kids mind process is that it has to be done and it is a way to help them. Age does have its advantages. I was surprised that a third of the class was as old as me if not older.
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    Hey 40+ students! Most of you probably aren't worried whether you can do this or not, but if you are, let me tell you that you CAN do it! I'm a 54-yr-old guy (sometimes I can't believe that :^) who just graduated with a BSN in May, and just passed the NCLEX. The key things you have to keep in mind are:
    1) You'll have to put a lot of your normal/real life aside, but remember, it's not for forever, only for a while
    2) If you fail one test, don't panic - I probably failed a handful of tests during nursing school, but finished with a 3.5 GPA
    3) Take breaks from studying or you'll go crazy. I worked many times (whether class, clinicals, reading a textbook or working on the innumerable assignments, online discussion things, team projects, etc etc etc etc) 7 days a week, but at the same time, once in a while (if I could pull it off) I may have only worked on stuff for an hour or two (on the occasional Sat. or whatever).
    4) This is the best metaphor for nursing school, which stuck in my mind from when it happened: I was in my first 'mother-baby' clinical, at about 7:30 am, and they said 'go watch what's going on in 407' - I go in there, there's a teenaged girl very much into labor, and the RN is saying 'Push push push push push!!!'. THAT is nursing school. :^) But you can do it...
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    I'm a little late to the call, but here I am after months of lurking, applying to school, and getting in!! I'm a 40-something , married, two children, 9 & 7. Great, supportive hubby who is just as excited as I am -- and just as overwhelmed! I have a BS in Plant Science from a million years ago, along with pre-reqs taken along the wild trip of life.

    I am enrolled in a 4-year program as a junior - straight into nursing. I have contemplated the medical field for a long time, so it's about time I got this show on the road.

    We are one-fourth of the way through the semester, and I am surviving so far. Pharm is tough. I have been scanning the boards for tips on making the pharm stick to this old brain.

    I know this won't be easy, but it won't be forever either. My children have been surprisingly supportive, congratulating me on my good grades so far, praising God for my good grades, and giving me lots of high-fives!!

    Cheers, good luck and God Speed to the Older/Perhaps Wiser/Life-Seasoned Students out there!!!!!!
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    I will consider myself an honorary member of this group, as a 37-year-old.

    Married, with undergraduate study in the performing arts but professional experience in business. I've loved my work but eventually no longer felt challenged, so decided on nursing school - and boy, do I feel challenged now!

    Still working part-time, and while I've always loved to be busy and workworkwork, I'm finding my energy depleting faster than normal and also have found myself questioning just how much new information a brain can take in at once. And I wouldn't change a thing!
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    As many have said - time does fly! I turned 51 this summer and will start my RN program a week from tomorrow. I am nervous, but also very excited! This is my second career after spending 30 years in one completely different industry and 10 years as a paramedic/firefighter on a volunteer department. Everyone that I have talked to said with my medic background nursing school will be a breeze - but I am not 20 something anymore with brain cells that actually work . That being said, I have always had a passion for medicine and can't wait to get in and work hard for what I have always wanted to do. We mature students still have a few tricks to teach the young pups! . Good luck to everyone!

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