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

  1. 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 clinical research manager - I already have a BS in Health Admin. and an MPH - I guess I'm doing things backward ).

    Any "older" (I've coming up on 43) students out there - and if so - how is it going for you?

    I really want to work at St. Jude as a Pediatric Oncology Nurse - that's my goal - and I felt like 2007 was the year to start this

    Any "practical" advice will be much appreciated!

    thank you
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  2. 21 Comments

  3. by   nursekatie22
    Well, there's a lady who just started the nursing program at my friend's school who's 72, so I guess it's never too late! She said she wants her grandkids to see her get a degree and that's the most important thing to her right now. Go girl!!!
  4. by   nursekatie22
    Quote from hillaryo
    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 clinical research manager - I already have a BS in Health Admin. and an MPH - I guess I'm doing things backward ).

    Any "older" (I've coming up on 43) students out there - and if so - how is it going for you?

    I really want to work at St. Jude as a Pediatric Oncology Nurse - that's my goal - and I felt like 2007 was the year to start this

    Any "practical" advice will be much appreciated!

    thank you
    Good for you!! My mom was giving me all this bullsh** about being too old to go back to school when she was 38 and wasted 7 years worrying about it instead of doing something about it! Now, she's almost done (Special Education, but I think she'd make a better nurse) and wishes she'd started earlier.

    I hate to sound like a know anything, cause I just got out of school, but if I can help, holler!! I'll sure as heck try!
  5. by   Tweety
    Good luck to you. Welcome to Allnurses!
  6. by   Testa Rosa, RN
    I'm about your age with a prior degree and career. Breast cancer survivor and mom of three as well. This Spring I will be finishing up my prenursing units, and it's been a fun/rewarding journey thus far. There have been a couple students my age and older even. At my local community college I do notice that the majority of the prenursing students are older than average (more mid 20's to 30's)

    ...have sent out applications to various local nursing schools and am awaiting responses (some until late May). Am a little worried about the rigors of nursing school as well as my ability to take on practical nursing duties during my middle years. Loved my business career, but feel this is my true calling.

    I volunteer at the local hospital where I've run across many "older" second career nurses who inspire me. I've also volnuteered some time in peds. They need people like you--and your Master's in Public Health can only help (vs my unrelated business degree).

    Go for it....best of luck to you!
  7. by   NightOwl0624
    Hi - I'm just about your age, too (coming up on 42) and am just finishing up with my prereqs. I hope to start in a Nursing program in the fall. So I guess I'm in the same boat as you...

    Funny, I never felt "old" until very recently. It wasn't until I realized I was older than all of my classmates and even my professors that I started feeling my a little self-conscious about it! Everyone has been very kind to me, though, and has made me feel very comfortable, and I am really enjoying being back in school.

    Best of luck to you!
  8. by   hillaryo
    I want to thank everyone for their encouraging words of support. As much as I envy youth to some degree - I realize that I have skills I will be bringing to this new career that only age/maturity have allowed me. However, after reading all of these replies, I've realized that age aside - all of you have showed me more reasons to why I'm thrilled to be interacting with people such as yourselves - Nurses inspire me (nursing students too ).

    Thank you all!
  9. by   studently42
    Hello Hillaryo, I'm 42 yrs old and have one more pre-req to go. I have built signs and exhibits for the last 12 yrs. For 10 yrs before that I worked at a concrete plant. I graduated high school in 1982 and haven't been back to school until a year or so ago. I absolutely love going to school- I feel like I'm finally doing what I should have done 20+ years ago. Of the six courses I've completed I was older than any of my instructors . While some younger people seem to view this as an extension of high school, for me it is all brand new and very interesting. Life experience like ours is a very, very valuable asset in school. Good Luck,
    =Mark=
  10. by   hillaryo
    Thanks for the reply Mark - OK, I LOVE the diversity in your background- AND am so happy that you are going back to school at this time. Once you finish your pre-reqs, how long do you think it's going to take for you to be "practicing" - I don't have those specifics yet and am just curious.
    You are right - "life experience" is very important to a career - especially when dealing with others in a compassionate way.

    Good luck!
    hillaryo
  11. by   Testa Rosa, RN
    Once you've completed your pre-reqs (and with your prior degrees I can't imagine you have to many pre-reqs to bang out--you definitely have all your GE, freshman English and phsyc courses done) it can take anywhere from 12 months with the aceletrated BSN programs to three years with the Entry Level MSN programs to become an RN.

    Each program has different core pre-reqs that need to be completed before you apply. Typcially all programs want to see Microbiology, Inorganic Chemistry, Anatomy, Physiology. I would think with a degree in public health you may have already taken these classes. Some programs have a recency requirement whereby the core classes have to be taken within the last 10 years, however I've noticed that several programs within California have dropped this recency requirement lately.

    The local CSU BSN program I have my heart set on will take two years once I start in Fall '07 (and I just feel it in my bones that I will get accepted--big smile). It's already taken me two years to finish all my prereqs, but my prior degree was unrelated and therefore I had to start from scratch with my science classes. In addition to the above pre-reqs, my program also required organic chem, nutrition and a basic stats course (this despite my three business stats courses two of which were upper division and my 15 years in marketing research, sheesh!....needless to say I got an A in Elementary Stats).

    A couple of my friends have become nurses late in life--none of them without the padding of the prior degree you and I have. It took them five to seven years. They all said it was the best decision they made. Can't imagine what it was like for them (or for Studently42) having to sit through some of those boring GE classes I couldn't stand when I was 18.

    So you are ahead of the game and could be a working nurse rather quickly depending on which program you get into, especially if you go the accelerated BSN route.

    Of course, depending on where you live, the hard thing can be getting into a program. For me, nursing programs within the SF Bay Area are few and highily impacted. Your prior degree opens several more avenues for you, so apply to all you can ADN, BSN, Accelerated BSN and Entry Level MSN. If you get accepted into an ADN, it would be easy for you to bridge over into a BSN program.

    Best Wishes!
    Bertolozzi
  12. by   HM2VikingRN
    I just turned 46. I am the oldest student in my accelerated RN class. I am having a blast. I actually have formed really good friendships with the 20 somethings....Go for it! (You'll end up as the class adjutant :>>)
  13. by   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 :-)
  14. by   studently42
    Thanx for the kind words Hillaryo. From the time I'm accepted into my program it will be two years to graduation.

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