Too young/ early in life to be in Nursing Program? - page 5

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Hi all,:wavey: I'm currently a sophomore in a BSN program. I will be 20 years old this march. I went straight from high school to my college and started prerecs, got accepted into NS first try and now I'm almost done with my... Read More


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    Quote from Maryea
    Work it kid!! If your parents are willing to help you. You are focused on your school work and are keeping up your grades. If you are doing well in your classes. Keep going. Don't worry about your age. I am on the other end of the spectrum...I am 53 and still taking prereqs. I would give anything to be where you are at this moment.
    You'll do fine Maryea... There were about 15 students in our program who are in their 60's. I hang out with them more than my own age. Kept me focus.

    One never stops learning, our adviser told us. In life never stop learning!

    Good luck to you!
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    Oh, you will be awesome!!!!!! Really. Don't worry about what other people say... There are a lot of "dream-stealers" in the world and when I was your age I listened to everyone of them and delayed my dream of becoming a nurse! So, here I am now at 46 years old and heck with that nonsense! I am plugging away and wished I did this back at your age... If you really want this, go for it! Plug your ears and put your eyes in your text book and study your heart out! Blow them out of the water! HA! Really, who are they? Your family, no? Future friends, not likely... You are there to learn... and those green-eyed students will leave you alone when you no longer care what they think, right? They are older students and should know better, right? You are the mature one... Brush them off and study!!!! Get your books and get ready for your next test! God is with you! Please keep us posted! Don't let anyone steal your dream away, it only happens when you give away your power to them. Ignore them, future nurse.
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    While I am one of the "older" students at the age of 32 with a husband, a mortgage, a car payment, and two kids, I can definitely say there are some advantages to getting in to nursing young! I think I have great life experience and certainly have been through things that have helped me understand certain concepts of nursing but I also have a TON of distractions that someone right out of high school doesn't necessarily have.

    You don't have to worry about making it to clinicals if your kids are sick. You don't have to worry about finding time to study after "family time". You don't have to worry about getting all your hours in at work to help pay the mortgage. Those are great advantages!

    Also, quite frankly, no matter your age, if you are willing to put in the work, get the knowledge and clinical experience, and graduate from a nursing program, then you have accomplished a great thing. Don't worry about what others say as far as age. Be proud of your accomplishments and know that when you get a job and start contributing to a 401K or 403B, you are that much farther ahead in life than those that are just starting in their 30's/40's.
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    Think you should hang in there, but also do what is best for your situation. Your struggles, and sacrifices will be worth it when you graduate
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    Quote from violetgirl
    Oh, you will be awesome!!!!!! Really. Don't worry about what other people say... There are a lot of "dream-stealers" in the world and when I was your age I listened to everyone of them and delayed my dream of becoming a nurse! So, here I am now at 46 years old and heck with that nonsense! I am plugging away and wished I did this back at your age... If you really want this, go for it! Plug your ears and put your eyes in your text book and study your heart out! Blow them out of the water! HA! Really, who are they? Your family, no? Future friends, not likely... You are there to learn... and those green-eyed students will leave you alone when you no longer care what they think, right? They are older students and should know better, right? You are the mature one... Brush them off and study!!!! Get your books and get ready for your next test! God is with you! Please keep us posted! Don't let anyone steal your dream away, it only happens when you give away your power to them. Ignore them, future nurse.
    Wish I could like this 10 times thank you!
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    Thank you so much for your replies, everyone! I have read every single one and I can't even begin to say how much I appreciate it and how encouraged I am now! I don't feel like I am alone like I did before. Before, I felt like (honestly) that I was the only one that had my mind set- get it done while I'm young- because I know that I'll be glad that I did later on in life! Plus, I'll have time to get my masters or FNP if I feel led to do so.

    When I posted this, and the time leading up to it, I felt alone and like I was crazy in a way because most people my age party and have no real direction. I felt like the oddball, or the "weirdo", haha. I want to say that I think that it's WONDERFUL that all of you nursing students and nurses are working hard towards your dreams! Don't let anyone discourage you from it, no matter how old you are. It's never too late and you have inspired me to concentrate on what I believe I am called to do and ignore the naysayers. If you feel that nursing is your calling then only you can stand in the way! I hope I have co workers like all of you! (Although I realize that it's probably unlikely... lol.)

    I haven't been on AN too long, and haven't had many posts as of yet but I have to say, I'm overwhelmed by the support that I have had on here! You all are awesome
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    I understand where you are coming from completely! I'm a bit older than you, 25, but in my classes I was the youngest (23 at the time!). I don't have kids, not married, and I don't work; lot of my fellow classmates are, and married. The majority are in their late 30's with the oldest being near 50. I had nothing in common with most of them, but a few of them took me under their wings. There was the occassional rude comments, but me and my friends didn't pay any heed to it. Don't sweat the small stuff! People who mind don't matter, and those that matter don't mind. You're going to make it and do great things!
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    I am 20, taking pre reqs at a community college and starting at a BSN program in the fall (hopefully... I just applied). I am by far one of the youngest in my pre reqs, but I accept it! My parents are paying for my education & I still live with them. I just keep in mind how lucky I am to have parents who are supportive, emotionally and financially. Plus I recently got engaged & will be getting married 2015 so I am going to enjoy these next couple years of being dependent on them before I have to add extra responsibilities besides school. Don't feel inferior or allow these people in your classes to be condescending. You have so much to learn & that is a great thing! Good luck.
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    Futuresctrn: I was in a very similar situation! I started taking college classes my senior year to get through my pre recs faster so I could start the nursing program. I graduated nursing school hen I was 20. I was by far the youngest person in my class. My first day, I got a few strange looks. Everyone called me the "baby" of the class and would crack jokes about going out to the bar after a tough day of clinicals and how I couldn't come. I didn't let it phase me at all. I graduated with honors and now have an amazing job in the OR. I was actually the first person in a class of 20 to get a job offer despite people's doubts that I wouldn't get a job due to no experience and young age. I was actually hired because of this! "It's easier to train young people with no history of having worked somewhere because you don't bring old habits from other places," is what my now supervisor told me. You should be very proud of yourself! Hang in there and congrats to you!
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    I didnt even read the whole article..... but no youre not too young for it.


    I even heard a few older students talking and I guess they didn’t realize that I was there, but they said that they wouldn’t let people straight out of high school get into nursing school… they should get out for a few years and be more experienced and then go and be a nurse. How true is this?
    This is not true, thats their opinion... notice; they said 'they should'. And thats because they're jealous. Jealous that their life situations didnt get them into this as quickly as you. Jealous that they tried multiple times to get into the program. Jealous that they didnt start college right after HS. Jealous that they got married and started a family before school. Whatever the reasol...... Maybe they see that youre sharp w/ the books or shaper than them at least... You did just come out of highshool. And they just doubt you in hands on experience.... But not to worry; Thats what clinical is for. And remember; theyre not the ones giving you the grade.... and dont let them influence that either


    I was in the same position in nursing school. Just dont let your classmates take advantage (as in with group projects and delegating the load of work to you), or talk to you in any kind of way (like "why r they having difficulty in this when they have 'all the time in the worldto study '" or 'thers no excuse for this mistake but ofcouse he/shes so immature').

    The only problem I run into most of the time is when residents/patients dont believe I'm a nurse let alone their nurse.... they mistake me for being the CNA, they want to quiz me on medications, call me down to their room at all times just to remind me of little things I have to do for them, ask me what school I went to and for how long, ask me for my full name and info, and even ask other nurses about me.


    Its actually an advantage to you that you dont have those obstacles in your life. This means you also have the time and opportunity to go even further after you graduate if you choose.
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