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.
Jan 6, '13
by Stephalump, RN
Eh. Brush them haters off. Plenty of people live at home with their parents to save money while in school. Including long-time adults with kids of their own. Lots of people choose not to work while in school. Young and old. Regardless of how easy you may seem to have it, we all have struggles, and all of our successes should be celebrated.
Of course you'll face an individual set of obstacles being so young entering in the nursing field. You're still growing up, still maturing, still learning your way through the world. But so are all of us in some ways.
And just like people who go back to school when they're 25, 35, 45, 55, you'll also have things that are easier for you, thanks to your circumstance.
It's awesome that you've accomplished so much at such a young age! Be proud
Last edit by Stephalump on Jan 6, '13
OMG, don't listen to these people. There are so many people your same age in pre-med, pre-law and applied physics which are equally academically challenging. There are people your same age who are in the military and working as corpsmen/medics, or civilian firefighters cops or EMTs which are equally emotionally draining jobs. These people go to school then work every day and they started at your age.
This is your time to do what you are going to do.
It sounds like the people you described are being wretched vultures who are propping themselves up at your expense. I'm now 38, but I went to paramedic school at age 19. I remember hearing some of that in school but I ignored it and was eventually hired at the most desirable 911 job in the area. I mostly remember people saying things like " I wish I was in my twenties and didn't have to support a family." or "I wish I could go anywhere in the country I wanted."
That being said the most challenging part of my job was that I was 20 and all of the other medics were 36 or older and there was a big generation gap. Let me tell you right now there is no amount of working at a crappy Walmart job that will prepare you for what you will experience in the ER. You don't HAVE to have children to work in Peds. You don't have to have cancer in your family to work in oncology. Anyone who thinks they have an advantage over you is a fool, you have many more years ahead of you than they do.
Last edit by Virgilio on Jan 6, '13