Too Young?

  1. I am going to finshing my BSN when I am 26 and am hoping to continue my education. I am hoping to work in the ICU for a couple of years but would like to maybe go to school to be a NP or CRNA. But my Aunt who is a RN told me that I would be TOO YOUNG and not get any respect
    I was wondering what anyone thinks about this....any comments welcome~
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  3. by   elkpark
    In the sequence you describe, you will be around 30 by the time you finish grad school. 30 is not "too young." Besides, you will earn respect for your knowledge and skills, not how long you've been alive ...
  4. by   Coloradogrl
    That is what I figured but she was just very set on that I would be to young and it got me thinking
  5. by   ChristineN
    Of course you won't be too young! I too wish to get an advanced degree in nursing (CNM), and figure that I could have such as young as 25. Yet, by then I'll have four years nursing experience which should be enough to earn respect of both patients and co-workers.
  6. by   Jessy_RN
    You won't be too young. By who's standards anyways?

    Go for it and good luck.
  7. by   nursemelani
    Better to do it now, before you have kids, than later, when you have to balance work/school/kids/husband.
  8. by   Danielle4
    You are not too young at all.

    I have a sister in law who has been and RN for over 10 years and she is now 32 and looks a lot younger and believe me she demands respect from people. I know a few people that have smarted off to her saying she looks young, but she knows what she is doing so in the end it is a non-issue.

    I know I look young for my age too and sometimes people comment that, but it has never affected anything that I have done. (My last job in the lab everyone was twice my age and I did not have any problems).

    It is all attitude! you have to have confidence in yourself. Besides isn't the saying you have to earn respect?

    Go for your goal. I actually admire people that figure out what they really want to do with their life when they are younger.
  9. by   cgfnp
    Agree with other posters.... and one more thing... I'm 29 and a NP and no problems there. But I'm much too young to feel this damn old. (shameless plug for Garth, no pun intended)
  10. by   sirI
    Quote from Coloradogrl
    I am going to finshing my BSN when I am 26 and am hoping to continue my education. I am hoping to work in the ICU for a couple of years but would like to maybe go to school to be a NP or CRNA. But my Aunt who is a RN told me that I would be TOO YOUNG and not get any respect
    I was wondering what anyone thinks about this....any comments welcome~

    Hello, Coloradogrl,:Melody:

    No, not too young at all.

    I was barely 21 when I grad and became RN. Then, just turned 30 when I became NP.

    Respect is earned all along the way, during your education in the way you react to your peers, your instructors, the members of the health care team. By your ability to take criticism, positive and negative, and use it to hone your skills and at the same time, build character. You make a name for yourself from the very beginning. Age can be a factor with many, but, when you act in a professional manner, are knowledgeable, respect authority, and, possess a self-assured demeanor without the
    "air" of self-righteous superiority, you will have truly earned the respect of others.

    You go for it and never look back.
  11. by   MaleAPRN
    You're never too young. I felt old when I became an NP at 32! Now I'm 36 and will be finishing CRNA school this September. One of my fellow SRNA's is 23! He's the youngest! But, he looks older than me! LOL. You're not too YOUNG! Go for it!

    Vince.
  12. by   Coloradogrl
    Quote from vinnysca
    You're never too young. I felt old when I became an NP at 32! Now I'm 36 and will be finishing CRNA school this September. One of my fellow SRNA's is 23! He's the youngest! But, he looks older than me! LOL. You're not too YOUNG! Go for it!

    Vince.
    Vinnyscal-If I may ask what made you go to CRNA school? I noticed your also a NP. Which did/do you like better. If you dont mind me asking
    Well all of your post really give me that xtra confidence to go for it....I should print them and give them to my Aunt I think she might just be bitter she never went on....(I know she wanted to be a NP)
  13. by   HillNPStudent
    I am a 24 year old FNP student; been an RN for a little over a year on an open heart/telemetry unit. I just completed my first semester of FNP school; passed with flying colors; but yet I often find myself feeling very inadequate in class. Many times I will not speak up during class discussions because I'm always afraid the older, more experienced nurses will look down on me. I don't want this to affect my NP education, nor my clinical experiences or practice upon graduation. I have always been a very hard-working, dedicated student and nurse; I love nursing and have always desired to continue my education. It is just difficult when you're in with nurses who've had 15-20 years of experience against your year and half. I keep going though, because this is my goal and I want to achieve it; it would just be nice if those old feelings of inadequacy didn't creep up every now and then.
  14. by   sirI
    Quote from lovern
    i am a 24 year old fnp student; been an rn for a little over a year on an open heart/telemetry unit. i just completed my first semester of fnp school; passed with flying colors; but yet i often find myself feeling very inadequate in class. many times i will not speak up during class discussions because i'm always afraid the older, more experienced nurses will look down on me. i don't want this to affect my np education, nor my clinical experiences or practice upon graduation. i have always been a very hard-working, dedicated student and nurse; i love nursing and have always desired to continue my education. it is just difficult when you're in with nurses who've had 15-20 years of experience against your year and half. i keep going though, because this is my goal and i want to achieve it; it would just be nice if those old feelings of inadequacy didn't creep up every now and then.
    hello, lovern,

    i am just wondering here? are your feelings of inadequacy based on age or the fact you have had only 1 year of rn experience? i am not implying you are inadequate due to this experience, just wanted to ask. there is a thread about the individual desiring to be np with zero rn experience before starting an np program. your comments made me think of this thread and i was wanting you to clarify your remarks. check out this thread:

    http://allnurses.com/forums/f34/np-w...rn-128278.html

    congratulations on your great progress in the np program.

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