I'm going to be 52 years old sometime this month, and am proud, pleased and excited to announce that I am in the midst of completing my prerequisites for the ASN-RN program at my local community college.
This isn't my first time around. I entered an RN program back in 1990. I was doing fabulously well, but had some personal issues going on in my life....my mother, who was a severe alcoholic, was dying, plus, by luck of the draw, my clinical rotations were scheduled at a hospital about 100 miles from my home. I ended up withdrawing from the program.
Before and after that time, I've worked as a medical assistant, most of my experience in OB/GYN. Then in 1999 I became self-employed (I started making jewelry, then progressed to selling beads on the internet)
Well, my business did beautifully for awhile but it's starting to become a victim of this recession. I recently realized that my best option at this point is to go back and complete the program I started. I'm currently working on establishing "recency" for my A&P and microbiology courses which I took 20 years ago. I NEED to do this-not so much because we need the income, but because, more importantly, I need to experience the sense of self-respect I would (will!!) get from finishing what I started. I believe my age and my experience as a medical assistant will make me an asset to the world of RN's....I love interacting with people on a very personal level and believe I have a good head on my shoulders. I also have been through many dire medical situations myself (already had breast cancer and a heart attack, at my age!) My patients as a medical assistant would often seek my advice before they would actually ask the doctors, because they knew they could trust me and that I cared.
I know just enough about the RN program to know that while academically I think I can handle it, I know for a FACT that it's hard work, early mornings, lots of physical activity and a fair amount of stress. I'm scared to death that a bad week or month might derail my enthusiasm. That's why I joined this forum....it seems very supportive and I already feel at home here. So I hope to meet a lot of you, and greetings from yet another new....old....hopeful student!!!