Quote from suzilks1
I am thinking of going back to school for an Associates RN after being a medical transcriptionist for twenty five years. I am a little overwhelmed at all that might entail but nursing has been a lifelong dream. Anyone started nursing school in GA at my age? And if so, did you find it harder to get a job after graduation? I'm not the best at math (OK I stink) but other than that, my GPA was quite high during my last college semester. Unfortunatly my biology and micro are too old to count now so I have to retake them. As for the math, I'm worried that I might not be able to do all the dosage calculations but I did notice at the hospital here in Dalton that the nurses did not appear to be doing hand calcuations but more relying on the pumps and computers. Is that the case? Any other advice/info would be so appreciated. Wondering what the going rate is for a new grad RN around here?
There were at least 10 students in my evening/weekend nursing class at my local CC in PA who were 40 and several over 50. All of us completed the program and passed the boards and most (but unfortunately not all) eventually found nursing jobs
As for math, my theory is that almost no one is born with an innate ability to do calculations. For years, I thought that I was poor at math but the truth was simply that I was too unmotivated to put the time in to get proficient. Once I got over that - and put the time in doing the practice problems - I got through 4 math courses, including 2 semesters of calculus, with no grade lower than B. You can do it! Most dosage calculations are actually pretty simple if you are even reasonably proficient in math and you don't have to rely on using those ridiculous formulas that most nursing programs
try to make you memorize.
The two pieces of advice I would give are to 1) make sure you actually want to be a nurse and 2) make sure that the job market in your area is hospitable to hiring new grads (or be willing to move if not).
Good luck with your decision.