I am a Nursing student in my early 30s and I considered myself a bit old for it when I started. In our program, the majority of girls (only 2 guys) are in their 20s but it seems that most of them don't have the patience or common sense required when it comes to clinical situations. From the little I have seen, the students in the 30s and 40s are more in tune with the patients' feelings and have a better, kinder way of handling situations.
I do like and appreciate all your information about the NCLEX dilemma, you would not believe the pressure you receive about taking the exam as soon as you graduate; however, I completely agree with you on getting some hands-on experience first.
I am very new to this site, but I love reading your postings, they are very informative and honest and you still manage to keep them positive.