Shaking Life up at 47

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    Hello All! I am a 47 year old wife and mother of four. I have always had a strong desire to be a nurse but have let life and responsibilities take the place of my dreams. I have decided to change all of that. I have applied to nursing school and have my level II appointment Monday. I am studying to the TEAS right now and am just a little bit nervous. Although I have been in college, anatomy classes scare me! How will I remember it all?! This is just nerves I know but wow, this is all scary. Have any of you shaken up your life at this stage? How are you doing in your studies and do you have any tips for a scared but excited nursing wana-be??
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    Welcome to the site....as I wish you the best in all of your future endeavors...Aloha~
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    Been there!! I graduated in '05 at the age of 48. If I can do it, you can too! You just have to remember, you have NO life when you are in nursing school. Every night, weekend when I was not in class, I was studying. The only time I made time for me or family, was between quarters. Good Luck!!
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    First of all, let me say, GOOD FOR YOU..and it is never too late to fulfill a dream! I went back to college at age 47..I was married with 3 children, 2 who were in college and 1 who had graduated and living her dream. I was also working full time, taking night classes for nursing pre-requisites to the university, and still managing the family. When I was accepted to a BSN program, resigning from my school administration job of 20 years was one of the scariest leaps I had taken. Well I graduated with my BSN at age 54, and am a public health nurse case manage for Children's Medical Services. I just love it. By the way, I had 4 job offers from hospitals, but I knew that I did not want to do bedside nursing, as 12 hour shifts did not appeal to me at all. Your age and life experiences will put you heads and shoulders above your younger counterparts! I also was simultaneoulsy taking classes to get a degree to get my teaching credential while in the nursing program. You can do this, and believe me, there will be times you will feel like why did I start this? But remember, just take one step at a time! Congratulations!
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    Quote from ritabuhr
    Hello All! I am a 47 year old wife and mother of four. I have always had a strong desire to be a nurse but have let life and responsibilities take the place of my dreams. I have decided to change all of that. I have applied to nursing school and have my level II appointment Monday. I am studying to the TEAS right now and am just a little bit nervous. Although I have been in college, anatomy classes scare me! How will I remember it all?! This is just nerves I know but wow, this is all scary. Have any of you shaken up your life at this stage? How are you doing in your studies and do you have any tips for a scared but excited nursing wana-be??
    I didn't have young kids at home when I started college at age 50. My youngest was a junior in high school. The previous poster is correct in saying you will spend all of your time studying and going to classes. I worked with the newspaper company here getting up in the middle of the night and then going to class.

    My journey was well worth it. I LOVE the profession of nursing. You can do it, just plan on being stressed and tired. Just keep the final goal in mind.
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    Hello I'm 50, and just a little over 2.5 years ago I too was taking the TEAS and starting my nursing education. I am now in a bachelor's program and really enjoying it. However, you need to know...nursing is a very competitive field right now, and you will need to be sharp, hard-working, determined, and very strong emotionally and physically to get through your challenge ahead. Nursing is not for the faint of heart, my dear. Hone your business skills and learn how to write a great cover letter and resume. In this economic environment be prepared for lots of NOs. "Thank you for applying, but you are not being considered for this position at this time."

    I did not work or intern during my ADN; I wish i had. You are going to need some kind of experience as you enter the job field; this is hurting me right now regardless of my BSN.

    I wish you well. I'm positive you will make a great nurse b/c raising children is a tough job too Your life experiences will also help you become something new....a nurse.
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    Good for you & Good luck! You'll do great!
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    I hope you don't mind if I comment here. I am happy for you. However, your transition in nursing seems to have been propelled by your 20 years of school administration experience. I don't know if ritabuhr has been employed while raising her children, but I believe past job experience is key to transitioning into nursing. I was self employed for 22 years, and for some reason it just doesn't have enough clout in nursing.

    I love to teach, get to know my patients, and work on preventing the disease in the first place. I think community health would be good fit for me too. Could you share where to apply for jobs in community health? Government jobs only?
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    Quote from ritabuhr
    Hello All! I am a 47 year old wife and mother of four. I have always had a strong desire to be a nurse but have let life and responsibilities take the place of my dreams. I have decided to change all of that. I have applied to nursing school and have my level II appointment Monday. I am studying to the TEAS right now and am just a little bit nervous. Although I have been in college, anatomy classes scare me! How will I remember it all?! This is just nerves I know but wow, this is all scary. Have any of you shaken up your life at this stage? How are you doing in your studies and do you have any tips for a scared but excited nursing wana-be??
    You can do it! I went started back at age 46 and I just graduated at the ripe young age of 50 with my BSN! You will rock it!! :-)
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    I graduated in June 2012 with an ADN and just turned 46 this month. I have wanted to be a nurse since I was very young so its never too late.
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