Over thirtysomething gang

  1. Man in short order I'll be in the forty something gang. I am wondering at what age you will be finished your schooloing and do you feel that your age may hinder or help you in any way? I feel lucky to be at the age I am now. The main reason is I simply wasn't a good student as a young person. I new it all of course, so who needed school? Well I did but it took me a few years to figure that out. I was always afraid of failing as well. Not that I ever did. When i applied myself I was an A student. Now I am confortable with an A,B or even a C athough when i get a C I know I can do better. I feel i am more grounded and ready for the program. Hard work doesn't scare me and studying is part of my life when i am in school. I think my age may hinder when i am job searching later on. So what's your take?
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  3. by   mzmckim
    I will be 33 when I finish my ADN, but I am not going to stop there...It took me 8 years to get my BSBA and I didn't stop there...just kept going to school. I am changing careers from Business area to Nursing, so I am attainin my dream one day at a time!!!

    I agree with you Rhona, now I am more focused than before - which I know has come with age!

    Best of Luck to ya!

    Judy
  4. by   hobbes
    Lets see, I'm currently 34 and will starting classes for my BSN in about a month. I'm guessing that it could take me 4-5 years to get since I will be doing it part time. I think I will be a more focused student because:

    1). This time around I know excactly what I want
    2). I'm paying for everything out of pocket so I will make sure that I do well in my courses because dropping classes will get to be too expensive
    3). I'll be commuting to school where as the first time around I lived on campus and it's easier to be distracted by other campus activities
  5. by   Gator,SN
    Hello to all of the 30-somethings!
    I will be 32 when I graduate next May, and I really don't think that it will hider me in any way in nursing. I started this whole process 9 years ago.....one class at a time. With 3 kids, I could not afford to do anything more than that. I finished all the pre-req's first and then started the actual RN program in the Fall of '01. I have a very good gpa and I am not missing anything with the kids (who are now 15,13, and 5)
    Even though it has taken me a long time, I know that this is exactly what I want to do and I have never changed my mind.
    GOOD LUCK to all of you!


    Gator
  6. by   Love-A-Nurse
    originally posted by rhona1
    man in short order i'll be in the forty something gang. i am wondering at what age you will be finished your schooloing and do you feel that your age may hinder or help you in any way? i feel lucky to be at the age i am now. the main reason is i simply wasn't a good student as a young person. i new it all of course, so who needed school? well i did but it took me a few years to figure that out. i was always afraid of failing as well. not that i ever did. when i applied myself i was an a student. now i am confortable with an a,b or even a c athough when i get a c i know i can do better. i feel i am more grounded and ready for the program. hard work doesn't scare me and studying is part of my life when i am in school. i think my age may hinder when i am job searching later on. so what's your take?
    i am wayyy over thirty-something. i am 41, 42 in august, and will be 43 when i graduate rn school. for me, age is a positive because i am more focus and serious.
  7. by   RNConnieF
    Let's see- I was 40 when I started LPN school, I just graduated from an ADN program, and with luck I'll have my BSN in 2 years-just before my 50th birthday.
  8. by   GPatty
    I am 39, finishing my LPN, will start ASN at 40, should finish that at 41. BSN will come shortly thereafter, but I can't give an exact yet......

  9. by   Debbie5
    Hi Rhona,

    I am 43 and still have one to two years of CC left before I even get to nursing school. I am more focused and am a very good student, and as mentioned above, I know exactly where I'm headed with this and exactly what I need to take to get there. I'm looking so forward to being a nurse and have even considered becoming a nurse practitioner or PA. My only regret is that my body isn't as excited as my brain. I need to get myself in shape and start eating better, I guess.
    Last edit by Debbie5 on Jul 23, '02
  10. by   RNIAM
    Debbie5
    me too about the body thing. At least I quit smoking. Now if I could only keep the food out of my mouth
  11. by   ggfifirn05
    I'm 46 now; I will have enough of my prereqs done by December to apply for the actual nursing program at my CC that starts next May...that part takes 16 months to complete, so I should be done in fall 2004...so I'll be 48 when I get my ASN. I agree with Debbie & Rhona about the "mind is willing, but flesh is weak" thing...my knees and hip joints keep reminding me they'll never see 40 again, let alone 30! But I look at it like this...statiscally, I'm just past "middle age", so I still have nearly half my life ahead of me...I'm finally gonna do what I always wanted to, which is be a nurse!
  12. by   carlalogan
    I'm 35 years old and have been completing prereqs for 3 years, part-time. i'll start nursing school in the fall and was supposed to graduate in '04, but my son was recently diagnosed with diabetes so I guess i can't name my graduate date now but I'd like to be done and working by the time i turn 40, so that is my new goal. I had originally planned on getting my Masters so that I could teach, but now I'm just waiting to see what God's plan is for me in all of this!
  13. by   FranEMTnurse
    Hi Rhona,
    I graduated in 1997 at age 54. The choice as a second career, is my dream come true.
  14. by   Squeeta2
    33 Years old here, I will be 34 when I grad with my ASD. I can't imagine going to school for some of the lengths of time you guys have. I understand the reasoning & admire your persistance...but OMG!! Hats off to you guys!!!

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