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  1. I'm a 42 year-old grandma that's going back to nursing school, I always wanted to be a nurse but thought I was to old to start. I work in a OR department as a OR scheduler and I know what I'm getting into from working at a small hospital for 13 years. What I'm not sure of is the advantages and disadvantages of getting started a little late in life. Being older than most nursing students, how will I be percieved once I get out and start working?
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  3. by   TeenyBabyRN
    Quote from Ready to go at 42
    I'm a 42 year-old grandma that's going back to nursing school, I always wanted to be a nurse but thought I was to old to start. I work in a OR department as a OR scheduler and I know what I'm getting into from working at a small hospital for 13 years. What I'm not sure of is the advantages and disadvantages of getting started a little late in life. Being older than most nursing students, how will I be percieved once I get out and start working?
    You'll be welcomed by this nurse!

    I think your situation is more common than you might think -- I've worked with a lot of nurses who are in their 40's and new grads. If nursing is what you want to do, I say go for it!!! You will get older whether you become a nurse or not, right? The advantage would be achieving the goal you have set for yourself. The only disadvantage would be not following your dream and looking back later, wishing that you had. Best of luck and keep us posted
  4. by   Cynthia1950
    Quote from Ready to go at 42
    I'm a 42 year-old grandma that's going back to nursing school, I always wanted to be a nurse but thought I was to old to start. I work in a OR department as a OR scheduler and I know what I'm getting into from working at a small hospital for 13 years. What I'm not sure of is the advantages and disadvantages of getting started a little late in life. Being older than most nursing students, how will I be percieved once I get out and start working?
    Congratulations!!! I am confident that you will be welcomed with open arms. As a mature student and then nurse-you should be percieved as a hard worker and dedicated to nursing. I have been a diploma graduate RN for 33 years (I am 53)-and in July '04 will finish classes for my BSN (graduation in 12/04) and I am seriously considering advanced practice. I agree with-you will get older (hopefully) so be sure to following your dreams. YOU GO GIRL!!!!
    Cyndy
  5. by   Tweety
    Good luck. Most of us are old battleaxes anyway, you'll fit right on in!
  6. by   niksemtmom
    I went to nursing school with a grandmother who was 54, and her and I actually became really good friends. SO I am sure that you will be terrific. I had a lot of younger people in my class, but still I had a few that where in there late 30's and early 40's. You will be surprised. The only down fall was that the younger ones tend to whine a lot and then they need to suck up to the teacher and they will get on your nerves. Trust me, I had about 4 of them in my class, and they where not that much younger than me, I am 30 and they where about 26. I guess it is just the maturity level. Working in a hospital will also be of a great asset to you. Use it to your advanage. I worked in an ER as a tech for all my 2 years in nursing school, and the nurses where great. Very supportive!!! Good luck to you, and keep me informed of your progress.
  7. by   Energizer Bunny
    Never too old! Welcome!
  8. by   Angela Mac
    You carry valuable skills, being a mother & grandmother & having worked in a hospital.....you have wisdom, patience and experience.......the perfect skills to becoming a nurse.......I am sure that you will see- that not all nursing students are fresh out of high school........congrats! and good luck......PS it is never too late to follow your heart......

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