Welcome Old Mister! Aside from calling folks in thier 40's middle aged, you will have a grand time in college! lol :hatparty:
I first wanted to become a Nurse way back in the 5th grade...a looong time ago since I am 44 now! But life has a way of taking different paths . I began my quest to be a nurst last Summer. I took a medical and study skills class at our local adult school. FABULOUS! They hit on all the basics and then taught us medical math
.....it's a snap! I Then took a CNA course to make sure I was going to be able to handle the work (I'm a shorty, but that's another post lol) and that confirmed that Nursing is indeed in my blood!
With that under my belt, I went to our community college and went thru the Orientation meeting for the ADN program. Our Prereq list is quite long, and I am now half way thru them. I have found there is a large core of students our age who are doing the same thing and WE are doing WELL! Our professors respect us and I find they actually seem to focus their attention on us as they know we are really serious students. It's been really nice working with people of all ages and I am so glad I decided to "go for it"!
Something that really has been a help to me is the companian websites for all of my textbooks. If it's not listed in the book, do an internet search for the book publisher, then for the book with the ISBN number. I've found a companion website for everybook that has a ton of information chapter by chapter. Including quizes to check my skills, glossaries, outlines and so much more. Check it out!
Forming study groups with the other "oldies" has been great too. We zip thru material and have a grand time. We try to limit our groups to 5 people as they get too "chatty" after that.... the hardest part about school has been drawing that line, it seems that our groups are the most popular ones!
Anyway.... sorry to be so long winded here... it's a marvelous opportunity. Keep a positive attitude, give yourself a break when you need to and then get back on track. It's one of the most rewarding things I have done.
I'll be eligible for Nursing School Fall of 2005..... I know it's a ways off yet, but that date will come whether I apply myself to nursing or not... I might as well go for my dream!