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Too young/ early in life to be in Nursing Program? - page 6

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... Read More

  1. Visit  Fireman767 profile page
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    Quote from zoe92
    I understand & know you weren't being exact.
    I think one of the factors is that many unsuccessful students do not do their research & realize how intensive the schooling is. They think it is just another major. Older students are less likely to do this.
    In addition, the older students tend to understand that they don't want to work at mcdonalds or a supermarket. They realize that education isn't cheap so doing something over again costs much more to them. Plus they realize the importance of success.
  2. Visit  PMFB-RN profile page
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    Quote from futuresctRN
    Hi all,

    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 first year of nursing school. I'm currently volunteering, but the only "real" job that I've ever had is fast food. I still live with my parents for now, to save money. We aren't rich by any means but they try their best to support me. I choose not to work during the school year because I know myself that it would be difficult for me to keep up with the program if I worked. I don't have my own car because I can't afford one... I use one of my parent's. Sometimes they have to give me rides to school and it's embarrassing because everyone else has their own cars and are on their own.

    I can't afford a car because I don't work except for summers but that's what I chose to do because It's how I'm getting through the program.

    My question is... am I too young/inexperienced to be in Nursing school? Most of my classmates are older than me, very many with cars and their own homes and children etc, and here i am still at home with my parents helping me get through school so that I can be a nurse. I know for a fact that some of them look down on me because I'm not "independent" and my parents are helping me get through this.

    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?

    Will I not be as good as a nurse because I am young? Because I don't have much life experience? Isn't the fact that I can pass nursing school what really counts? I've talked to my friends and parents and they say that it's best to get it done while you're young. But I'm insecure and I feel like I'm out of place... and I'm starting to wonder if maybe they're right.
    *** Your not too young. A few years ago I precepted an 18 year old new grad RN in the SICU. She is 23 now and in the second year of CRNA school. When I was in the army and a 19 year old sergeant I was making decisions that could (and did) get people killed. Tens of thousands of other young servicemen and women have been, and are today, holding very responsible jobs.
    From reading your post I think you are a responsible and thinking young person. I am sure you will do fine.
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  3. Visit  SopranoKris profile page
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    Quote from futuresctRN
    Hi all,

    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 first year of nursing school. I'm currently volunteering, but the only "real" job that I've ever had is fast food. I still live with my parents for now, to save money. We aren't rich by any means but they try their best to support me. I choose not to work during the school year because I know myself that it would be difficult for me to keep up with the program if I worked. I don't have my own car because I can't afford one... I use one of my parent's. Sometimes they have to give me rides to school and it’s embarrassing because everyone else has their own cars and are on their own.

    I can't afford a car because I don't work except for summers but that's what I chose to do because It's how I'm getting through the program.

    My question is... am I too young/inexperienced to be in Nursing school? Most of my classmates are older than me, very many with cars and their own homes and children etc, and here i am still at home with my parents helping me get through school so that I can be a nurse. I know for a fact that some of them look down on me because I’m not “independent” and my parents are helping me get through this.

    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?

    Will I not be as good as a nurse because I am young? Because I don’t have much life experience? Isn’t the fact that I can pass nursing school what really counts? I’ve talked to my friends and parents and they say that it’s best to get it done while you’re young. But I’m insecure and I feel like I’m out of place… and I’m starting to wonder if maybe they're right.
    I wish the 18 - 20 year olds that were taking pre-reqs in our classes were as diligent as you. I can't count the number of times they didn't come to class or dropped out of a course because they were too busy partying to care about school.

    I think it's great that, at your age, you have figured out what you want to do with your life and you're taking steps to achieve that goal. Don't let other people make you feel bad about yourself!!! No one cares that you're getting dropped off at school or that you don't own your own car & live with your parents. Are you making it to class & clinicals on time? That is what matters!

    You have your whole life ahead of you and you'll be able to have a well-paid first job when you're done with school. You'll be so much more ahead of other people your age. What a great start in life! Be thankful you have such a supportive & loving family Don't let gossiping harpies make you feel down!!

    Heck, I'm 43 and have the opposite experience. I'm spending my life savings to go to nursing school. In my pre-reqs, people would whisper "Hermione Granger" every time I answered the professor's question. I wasn't trying to be Miss Smarty Pants, but if no one else was answering, I'd chime in. At first, it hurt my feelings that people would act like that, but now...I take it as a compliment. Hey, at the end of the day, it all comes down to your individual performance and not what every one else thinks about you or your perception of how they view you. Hold your head high, girl!!!
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  4. Visit  Esme12 profile page
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    I was 18 years old when I graduated nursing school with a ADN (child prodigy ) that was 35 years ago. Which would be impossible today because many facilities wouldn't let me in clinical these days.

    It is all about the person and not the age.
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  5. Visit  nyteshade profile page
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    OP, your classmates are full of crap. I became a nurse young too. In fact, younger than you (at 18) due to a duel high school/nursing program. No regrets, no second thoughts, move forward, and congrats on everything you've done thus far in life.
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  6. Visit  i♥words profile page
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    Quote from SopranoKris
    I wish the 18 - 20 year olds that were taking pre-reqs in our classes were as diligent as you. I can't count the number of times they didn't come to class or dropped out of a course because they were too busy partying to care about school.
    I think a lot of people go to college right out of high school because their parents want them to or because they are pressured by society. The push to go to college these days is pretty extreme. Many believe the lie that just because you have a college degree you will get a well-paying job within months of graduation. Maybe people don't think that as much now, but it is still a prevalent belief. Nursing is one of those degrees that might actually guarantee you a job as compared to, say, a degree in history, but that's debatable.

    As far as partying and slacking goes, well... What do you expect from kids who have been brought up to be dependent suddenly to be thrown into independence? It's the "college experience." Add to that the constant infiltration of "be who you are," "use your college experience to find yourself," and "have fun; you have your whole life ahead of you." My classmates who are most responsible are those who have been taught to be responsible and who stay away from the party scene, those who are working multiple jobs trying to pay for their education, and those who are older, non-traditional students. I fall into the first category. I started a BSN program right after high school. I'll be 20 when I start the nursing program in the fall.
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  7. Visit  jen4243 profile page
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    I am 30 years old and will be finishing my LPN Feb 2014. My advice is to continue what your doing if it works for you. I go to school Monday-Friday and work 16 hour shifts every saturday and sunday. It is very hard juggling school, work, and all the other every day events. I hardley ever see my boyfriend and miss out on all family activities. I wish I wouldve done this when I was still living at home with my parents.
  8. Visit  zoe92 profile page
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    Quote from wordsofmymouth
    As far as partying and slacking goes, well... What do you expect from kids who have been brought up to be dependent suddenly to be thrown into independence? It's the "college experience." Add to that the constant infiltration of "be who you are," "use your college experience to find yourself," and "have fun; you have your whole life ahead of you".
    This. It is that "YOLO" mentality.
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  9. Visit  LadyFree28 profile page
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    Quote from zoe92

    This. It is that "YOLO" mentality.
    ...and it's OLD pretty quick, IMHO...even though I know people close to me who are in their late 40s determined to still YOLO, lol..

    I didn't "party" when I did not make it through nursing school the first time. I was 19 at the time, I lived at home, and it WAS NOT the most supportive environment AT ALL. I worked as a PCT/NA...for on the job training as a nurse assistant, and went from there. I was still trapped in the same home situation when I dusted myself off, and got into a PN program, and worked while going to school, while getting pre-req's to transfer into a BSN program. By the time I was licensed, I was 24/25, and bought my first home. That was my expression of YOLO, lol. Sometimes, people are stuck in their home environments that are less ideal, not always the partying thing...even though it can also be a by product of that as well.

    I am glad the OP has a strong environment to succeed in!
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  10. Visit  ProfRN4 profile page
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    There are so many factors that make a good nurse. I have taught plenty of young students who will (and have) become excellent nurses. If they are smart, hard working and caring, they are my favorite students to teach. It's not about the age. I've taught some older students who were awful, and didn't make it through their second semester.

    Generally, maturity is a plus. But maturity doesn't necessarily come from being "older". Life experience is also a plus, but sometimes it is a hinderance (old habits are hard to break). Sometimes those with life experience think they know more about nursing, even though they are not nurses.

    I was a you, a out 20 years ago (Except in an ADN program, so I became an RN earlier). I did feel much less experienced than my classmates. I had no clue what critical thinking was. On the plus side, I was surrounded by older classmates, so I felt like I needed to step up more, and it kept me more motivated. There were very few young students in my program. But I still felt like I was at a disadvantage. Ironically, they felt like I had an advantage (no lapse of school, therefore I was in school-mode, AND, I was good at math!)

    Unfortunately, You will be type-casted. You will need to prove people wrong, and you can. You will need to listen to people say how you don't have anything at stake, how mommy and daddy support you, how you don't have to work or pay bills, and how spoiled and coddled you are. It doesn't mean your journey will be any easier. The reality is, you do have less life-experience to draw from (not your fault), and you probably don't have as many friends and family who have been sick (but maybe you do). But if you are hard working, you listen to your instructors, are disciplined, and PROFESSIONAL (notice the caps), you have the potential to be an excellent nurse.
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  11. Visit  KrysyRN profile page
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    You go, girl.. I admire your ambition so much.

    When I was in my early 40s, I moved back home with my parents when I started an LPN to RN bridge program. I drastically cut works hours or didn't work at all for periods of time in order to focus on studying. I even borrowed my parents cars at times when mine was having engine trouble or I needed a reliable car to drive through snow.

    You do what you have to do. All the best to you!
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  12. Visit  cookiemonsterpower profile page
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    I start nursing school at 19. Will be 22 when I graduate. My BSN program is 7 semester long (27 months). Had I gone to a shorter program (5 semesters) I would have finished at 21.
  13. Visit  Orizza profile page
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    Two of the best nurses I know when right out of high school. You will not be a better or worse nurse because you didn't wait. I'm 24 and I start in 3 weeks. I live at home and will be working as little as possible so that I can study. Ignore those trying to put you down!

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