Any one else over 40 that went to nursing school?

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    I am over 40 and aplying to nursing school. Any advice from current or former older students would be greatly appreciated!!
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    The lady who really helped me get into Nursing and I would defiantly call her my mentor... she was over 40 and she has no regrets what so ever. She said it's the best thing she could have ever done for herself although she had to struggle financially while she did so. Now, it's been about 6 years since she graduated and is very stable and very happy in her career. I know she would tell you Congrats on your decision!!!
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    While I am not over 40, I am 35, so close enough, right?! Going from accounting field to nursing is a welcome change for me. I couldn't have handled nursing school in my twenties, I had too many things to do and people to see! Now that I am a little older and wiser and have a child to support, I am much more confident I can handle whatever comes my way! I'm actually paying for my education now, so I know I HAVE to do well!

    We've had enough life experiences to realize there are harder things in life than nursing school, right? I've been through a terrible, terrible divorce:angryfire, had a child born 16 weeks premature, and a whole host of other things. So, I'm trying to look at it like nursing school is NOTHING compared to what I've already endured! I realize I haven't started yet, but this is how I am going to think of it!

    Good luck!
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    Preemiemama
    Thanks for the words of encouragement.
    I saw where you got accepted into galen!!
    Congrats!!
    I am still waiting to c if I did!!
    If I do not hear anything over the weekend.
    I am going to call Monday.
    Hopefully we will be going thru this together!!
    You seem like a wonderful person to know.
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    I'll be 47 when I get my degree in August. No worries plenty of older nursing students where I went. Age and maturity make NS easier I think and you aren't likely to be dealing with BF/GF issues and hangovers from going out to the clubs.
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    I am 43 and will start my Junior year of Nursing School in the fall. I am by far the oldest in my class, but it has been one of the best experiences I could have had. The students in my class have become good friends - no matter what the age - and we have learned together. It is not an easy thing to do while having other responsibilities, but I agree that I am better now than I would have been in my 20s.

    Go for it and good luck!!
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    46, just graduated and start working in a week. Blew the pants off of the young ones with a 3.93 GPA. I think I took more pride in my work for many reasons that someone else posted here. No boyfriend, no parties, no drinking etc. You can do it, and you will love it. Good Luck.
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    Quote from acorne
    Preemiemama
    Thanks for the words of encouragement.
    I saw where you got accepted into galen!!
    Congrats!!
    I am still waiting to c if I did!!
    If I do not hear anything over the weekend.
    I am going to call Monday.
    Hopefully we will be going thru this together!!
    You seem like a wonderful person to know.

    Thanks Acorne! I'm sure you'll get in! I called Aleeda Williams at 9:00am, and she returned my call by 11:00am, so just think, you will probably know something by 11:00am Monday!!!! I'm sure we will become very good friends. Hopefully we'll be in the same group too. I will probably be in Group B, because my last name starts with a letter at the end of the alphabet.
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    Thanks again!!
    I keeping my fingers and eyes crossed!!
    lol
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    Quote from acorne
    I am over 40 and aplying to nursing school. Any advice from current or former older students would be greatly appreciated!!
    Over 40??? You're doomed...DOOMED, I say!

    OK, maybe not. I started my prerequisites when I was a young 45 y/o, started the accelerated BSN at almost 46, and hope to start my first job as a RN at the age of 47.

    Yes, it's quite possible. There was a lady in my cohort (PhD, MS Microbiology & Public Health) who was 57!

    If you want to do it, you CAN do it.

    Your age, maturity, and past life experience will go a long way to helping you succeed.

    Go For It!


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