Going back to school for LPN at age 47 - page 2

I have decided to change my career and have chosen to do the LPN course throught Distant Learning. I have just applied and am awaiting to see if I am accepted into the program. I will do all the... Read More

  1. by   SSTnurse2b
    Sure thing Barb!! I have not been accepted..still waiting like you..but you can e mail me at sst3ab@yahoo.ca
  2. by   Dixiedi
    Quote from mom and nurse
    I'm 45 and just graduated from nursing school. You are not too old. In fact your life experiences will come in handy as a nurse...
    Life experiences as the above poster mentions will make school so much easier for you! And, as everyone else has said...DITTO!
    Welcome to the world of nursing!
  3. by   loriangel14
    Hang in there! I am 38 and in my second year of my rpn. Part time nights. When my marriage broke up I ended up doing homecare and that rekindled my interest in nursing. I agree with other posters that you do better as a mature student. I really want this now and life experiences help.I am by no means the oldest in my class, proving you are never too old to go after your dreams.
  4. by   Fiona59
    I was a mature student as an LPN at Norquest. Graduated and went to work 2 months later.

    The training was really related to the job.

    Now, can I just say a few word. As a working LPN, it was terrible when we had distance students on their practicuums. Some are very good, but we keep telling Norquest that their people skills aren't that great.

    We had one distance student who gave us the "I was an NA" stance and refused to learn. She didn't like the way we did things because "back home they do it differently".

    I worked with a distance grad., clinically she was good, but she had the rest of the staff hating her within 20 minutes of her first shift. It was all down to people skills.

    The lectures may bite and the travelling may be expensive, BUT you have to learn to get along with the rest of your classmates.

    Sorry to sound so negative, but other LPNs that I worked with said the same thing. There shouldn't be distance ed for the entire course. There should be class time.

    Also, did they tell you about the changes for Sept. 2005? I heard from one of the instructors who was at my worksite, that then the students will have to do first year arts. It's basically becoming the old GMCC diploma program.

    Moving to BC is a nightmare. Over $200 for them to process your request for a license. Work is hard to find contrary to the Government ads. The role of the LPN here is changing and certain hospitals let you have full scope of practice and others will barely let you work as a NA. Its been ten weeks and I still havent got my license and the BC college of LPNs keeps blaming CLPNA for not sending my documents when CLPNA keeps assuring me that they have...
  5. by   Dratz
    Quote from Fiona59
    I was a mature student as an LPN at Norquest. Graduated and went to work 2 months later.

    The training was really related to the job.

    Now, can I just say a few word. As a working LPN, it was terrible when we had distance students on their practicuums. Some are very good, but we keep telling Norquest that their people skills aren't that great.

    We had one distance student who gave us the "I was an NA" stance and refused to learn. She didn't like the way we did things because "back home they do it differently".

    I worked with a distance grad., clinically she was good, but she had the rest of the staff hating her within 20 minutes of her first shift. It was all down to people skills.

    The lectures may bite and the travelling may be expensive, BUT you have to learn to get along with the rest of your classmates.

    Sorry to sound so negative, but other LPNs that I worked with said the same thing. There shouldn't be distance ed for the entire course. There should be class time.

    Also, did they tell you about the changes for Sept. 2005? I heard from one of the instructors who was at my worksite, that then the students will have to do first year arts. It's basically becoming the old GMCC diploma program.

    Moving to BC is a nightmare. Over $200 for them to process your request for a license. Work is hard to find contrary to the Government ads. The role of the LPN here is changing and certain hospitals let you have full scope of practice and others will barely let you work as a NA. Its been ten weeks and I still havent got my license and the BC college of LPNs keeps blaming CLPNA for not sending my documents when CLPNA keeps assuring me that they have...
    Wow....actually, I think I will be ok when it comes to people skills.:chuckle And well, the clinical skills will just take lots of practice. Norquest does use webct and I am able to listen to all of the classroom lectures for each class, so it is really like I am already sitting there with my classmates.

    Too bad about the NA and her attitude. Myself, I did work in long term care and then moved on from there to the RN program. I got along great with my classmates. I would love the option of attending full time classes in the city but it isnt possible since I live so far away but I am not quite sure why the distance learning would be a hindrence. I do partake in 20 weeks of clinicals so will be with my classmates for that. I think I can manage to get along with everyone and since my attitude is such that I would welcome all and any help, then I think that will be a bonus. Granted, I did work as an aide once but I am so looking forward to asking a million questions and humbly getting the help I will need.

    I was just in BC over the summer and might move there someday. I found there were lots of positions for LPN grads etc in Oliver and Kelowna. Not sure what the scope of practice would be but I did check the Interior health site often. Suprised you are having such a tough time getting your license switched over.

    As for the first year Arts that might be required by Norquest for 2005. I have it. Not too worried. Why they would want that is beyond me lol.


    Thanks for your post and good luck in BC....I love it in BC...was raised there.

    Take care
    Last edit by Dratz on Apr 22, '06
  6. by   gloria kay
    Not to worry!!! I started LPN school at 43 after getting my GED and graduated with honors. AND most of the people in my class were 30+. After 10 years am finally working on my RN...hmmm...after that who knows!!!...You will not regret it. Made some lifelong friends and love nursing for the most part...The best to you...
  7. by   Kaelie
    As long as you are in excellent health and have the ability to run around, you are NEVER too old!! Good luck with your studies, i'm sure you'll make a great PN!


    Kae
  8. by   robynhood
    I got my LPN when I was 41 and just got my RN at 52. I get ALOT of flack from the younger nurses on our unit but I just tell them to remember they will be my age one of these days and there will always be another young smarta** nurse saying the very same things. Never too old to learn.
  9. by   2151
    I Think That Is Great That You Want To Change And Go To Nursing You Are Never To Old To Do Anything Good Luck!!!!!!! You Will Be Great!!!! ----danielle------
  10. by   Mommy/Grandma
    Went back to school for LPN at the age of 46 makes you feel real good to know can do it.
  11. by   Hawaiigirl
    hi to the girl who is doing the lpn course online? is is accreditted? im just wondering because i am looking into lpn schools. i live in bc. thanks
    Quote from rxconnecticut
    too old?? listen to this...
    i was 18 ..graduating highschool in 1988...had partial scholarship to lpn school...had to opt out because my mother thought that (through a relative) a free phlebotomy training school was the way to go...mind you if i did the lpn route i would have needed transportation etc.( did i mention how poor we were?).well i was a phleb for 10 years(time flies)...now nursing school would be a huge hassle..husband..kids..husband w/ great $$ job..who needed it...well here i am 16 years later & still thats what i want & the time couldn't be better.i was accepted into nursing school & the kids are both full-time in school(i don't work)so this is probably the best time to really focus & be a nursing student.my point ??? everything must really happen for a good reason because 16 years ago i thought nursing was a good $$$$ job & a breeze to learn..in reality i really wanted to be a nurse but i probably would not have excelled as i would now..now i really want it bad!! so your never too old...just wiser..i'm only 34 but i know i sound like an old fart...but this is reallly true....i'm so excited to go to school, i'm going to be the oldest in the class prob.too....who cares!!!! i wish you the best!!
    [color=#f4a460]love heidi
  12. by   Dratz
    Quote from Hawaiigirl
    Hi to the girl who is doing the Lpn course online? Is is accreditted? Im just wondering because I am looking into Lpn Schools. I live in BC. thanks
    Yes, it is accredited, however..... They are changing their entrance requirements this sept. You will now need one year Arts first before you can get in apparently. Where in B.C. are you? Find out first if you can get employment as an LPN where you are and what their scope of duties are.

    It is a very popular course. If you apply, expect to have to do Anatomy/Physiology with a 70% pass mark. Then, once you are done that you sit on a "wait to start the program list". I waited only 2 months but it changes all the time. I hear that now it is 3-4 months but it was 8 months for a while. If any of that makes any sense.



    Check out the college link.

    http://www.norquest.ab.ca/distance/distanceprograms.htm

    Good luck!!
    Last edit by Dratz on Apr 22, '06
  13. by   Hawaiigirl
    oh boy! I was just curious. I will stay here. My Bro and sis did the Lpn 1 year course at the sprott shaw, and all they needed was Bio 12- no wait list. They loved the teachers and class. They both work at the local hospital-they were hired before school even ended!!! They are called 2-3x a day-because there is soooooooooooo much work. They are casual but work over 50 hrs! Its great. I just want to start now!!!!!!!! Next class is in NOv or Mar/06/ Thanks!

    Quote from AlbertaroseRN07
    Yes, it is accredited, however..... They are changing their entrance requirements this sept. You will now need one year Arts first before you can get in apparently. Where in B.C. are you? Find out first if you can get employment as an LPN where you are and what their scope of duties are. It is soo much different than in AB. (I hope my friend Fiona adds to this thread, she has a lot to say about BC )

    It is a very popular course. If you apply, expect to have to do Anatomy/Physiology with a 70% pass mark. Then, once you are done that you sit on a "wait to start the program list". I waited only 2 months but it changes all the time. I hear that now it is 3-4 months but it was 8 months for a while. If any of that makes any sense.

    Alberta trained Lpn's are taught quite a lot.

    There are lots of students in the program from B.C. You will have to be in Alberta for your clinical rotations. You have to complete them all here until your last 8 weeks and that you can do in your own town.

    I have since been accepted into the RN program with Grant Mcewan College in Edmonton, so I have given up my spot with the LPN program and Norquest.

    Check out the college link.

    http://www.norquest.ab.ca/distance/distanceprograms.htm

    Good luck!!

close