NVR 2 L8?? Any "older nursing students out there?? - page 2

Hello everyone - I'm just starting out on a "mid-life" journey to become a Nurse - a career I've always wanted to pursue (I've worked in the biotech/pharma industry for the past 16 years as a... Read More

  1. by   WisdomSeeker55

    I'm beginning to appreciate the plus side of aging. If I were offered the chance to journey back through my 20's, 30's, etc., and had to return the Pearls of Wisdom that I have collected thus far along this Journey - I would say NO Thanks!!! Wisdom is an interesting thing. I knew that It was beginning to bloom when I reached the age of 35 and realized that I knew NOTHING!! For every answer that I was sure that I had found, thousands of more questions would arise. This is a forever journey. It gets more exciting and interesting as Time goes by.:1luvu::tinkbll:
  2. by   okchug
    I start NS on Aug 20th and turn 40 in OCT!
  3. by   lcamp99
    Love this thread! I started my first pre req today....anatomy and phys. 1. I have 5 more classes....trying to do this one at a time since it has been a while since Biology classes in the '70's. I am determined to learn this info and get that RN!!!! Hang in there everybody!!!!! We can do this!!!!...age 54! Lisa
  4. by   Testa Rosa, RN
    This is an old post--I was replying to the OP way back when I was doing my pre-reqs still. Now, I'm almost half way through nursing school. I'm working hard but having a blast. Go for it older students--we rock!

    A little worried about when I graduate since graduate nursing positions are hard to get in the Bay Area, and do not relish the thought of having to "pay my dues" all over again in a second career (except this one has night shifts). would love to be able to work at the nearby hospital which just went magnet status generating even more interest from graduate nurses and travelers. So, after all this hard work, I may have to go back to my old job after all--LOL! My kids are too young for me to move or have a long commute. We shall see what happens. At this point, I am blessed that I was accepted into nursing school at the local CSU campus a couple miles from where I live. I wonder what the OP decided to do?

    Many blessings on your journey. Thus far I must say it's worth the effort.
  5. by   Lyn In NY
    Quote from Lifedream
    Hi I definitely qualify as an older student at 51. I started prerequisites 1 1/2 yrs ago. I have worked in accounting and the corporate world since high school. Wasted years, because my dream was always nursing. Once life started rolling, marriage, family, etc., it was never a good time to make the change. I simply decided time goes very fast so I needed to pursue my dream. I work full time and go to school. So far, I have not made less than a B, but I have worked very hard for the grades! Our dreams should never die unless we do :-)
    Your story sounds alot like mine. My career was in insurance since high school graduation. Then life happened, sick parents, marriage, kids, divorce. When i was laid off from my job of 10 years I started the pre reqs and am now in my first year of nursing school - about 580 days til graudation, but whose counting. I hasn't been easy but I am happy I was accepted to the program and am holding my own.

    Just need to find part time job cause savings is running out.
  6. by   CHATSDALE
    'older' students are not as unusal as they were in the 50s and 60s
    going back to school and revamping study habits is never easy but if it is what you want, go for it
  7. by   Litenurse2b
    Awesome! 72-years-old! Hey, that makes one person older than me.
  8. by   Mahage
    Quote from Litenurse2b
    Awesome! 72-years-old! Hey, that makes one person older than me.
    Probably two. I am about to turn 57. Out of nursing school (AS) since Aug. 2007. Finished BSN May 2008. Still a newby!
    Mahage
  9. by   markypooangel
    Hey,I'm almost 49 and in my 1st semester in N.S. It's all in the mind and what you make of it. If you were not doing this, you would be doing something else and then miss out on you're dream if this is what you want. I feel that being older has a lot of advantages. We tend to be more serious about our education and have had more life experiences that can help with the compassion side to nursing. I personally have lost 3 of my family members and have been a patient myself. These experiences are invaluable to having insight on what the patients and their families are going through. I truly believe that if given the choice of what kind of nurses patients would want if given the choice they would pick older ones that have been there and know more of what they are going through. More power to us!!!

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