Looks like there are plenty of us either "in this boat" or about to "board", I'm 50, male and was a military officer for 20 years, so already had a B.S. (in Biology, as I was pre-med but was a very undisciplined undergraduate student (2.89 GPA)so no way was I getting into Med school, and I had to serve on active duty for 4 years because an ROTC scholarship
paid my undergrad) I loved the military live with it's nomadic move from place to place style and they even paid and sent me to a full-time program for a Master's Degree. I've never been married and had kids so the lifestyle that can be hard to adjust to in the military wasn't so hard for me. I worked in a few different business roles for a few years since with little or no job satisfaction and nothing near the salary I made as a military officer. Money isn't everything but it is something I always say, or the way I put it, not all rich people are happy but most poor people could probably have happier better lives with money being the main thing preventing it. Anyway I'm doing my pre reqs for an Advanced Program that I can do for a BSN in one year May to May at what appears to be a highly regarded school ( Univ of Rochester SON ) the cost is high about 45K for the year, but it looks like alot get scholarship aid in grant form and I love the fact that the school is associated with a major medical center and school in a reasonably sized city. I looked at the program and there is a huge amount of clinical in the year which I think is great. I figure it's going to be very interesting going from on of the last bastions of male dominance in a profession ( the military ) to one that is substantially female and hey maybe I'll meet "the one" along the way, LOL, but who knows...Good luck to all, and this is a great site for all of us to share concerns and questions...and yeah I really do want to marry Abby from ER, I've always loved her!!! not much chance there though...Damn!!!