Older Nursing Students - page 4

Anyone out there who are older nursing students who work a part time job too? Any advice on how to study the material? Feedback would be helpful. I am in in fast paced 13 month program and have a... Read More

  1. by   AtomicWoman
    Hey, maybe we should start an "over 50" club! I'll be 51 when I start nursing school next May.
  2. by   deni_in_LA
    I'm 52 and am in my first semester of a MEPN program. It definitely is challenging, but I don't think I am having any more difficulty than the younger students. Good luck to you all.
  3. by   Litenurse2b
    Let's do it! You will have a blast. I know I am. It's hard but fun. The "kids" (my classmates) don't know what to think of me...and the instructors don't know what to do with me...so I can usually get things to go my way. You will, too!
  4. by   Lyn In NY
    So happy to read all these comments from us older nursing students. Even though we are probably all from different states and in different programs, all the stories sound familiar.

    I just came back from my second test in my first semester of nursing school. I am a bit worried because everyone was saying how terrible it was and I didn't think it was that bad. But with these tests you really don't know how you did til you get your grade. 75 is passing in my school and there are only 3 tests and the final so if you really mess up on one test your out. Luckily I had an 84 on the first - so I have a bit of a cushion. Friday is the day to drop without a penalty and alot of people are begging the teacher to post the grade for today before then, so they can drop on time. It gets depressing because they are dropping like flies and you just wonder when it will be you.

    I always thought I was fairly good at handling pressure - but this is tough. I kind of compare it to jumping hurdles, as soon as you clear one there are two more in front of you.

    Best of Luck to all of you and don't give up we can do it

    Lyn
  5. by   Litenurse2b
    Dear Lyn in NY (and everybody else),
    Hang in there girl (from one "Golden to another)! You can do it! I was in a nursing program just like yours here in Texas.
    You say, "Jumping hurdles"? I would challenge the Army, Navy and Marines to "jump those hurdles"! You only think you know TOUGH til you've been to nursing school! lol I guarantee!
    But you know what? You will find that you can run circles around the younger students. And I feel so bad that I found such a renewed sense of vitality, even immortality (well, maybe confidence is a better word) from that. But you will understand after you get your test grade back. You did WELL I can tell!
    Best of love, light and goodness to you.
    And I want to give a huge "'THANKS AND HUGGS, HUGGS, HUGGS" for all the blessed people working behind the scenes that make this website possible for the many of those of us who need this site. They saved my life and nursing career....but that is a story for another post!
    Litenurse2b
  6. by   muskylounge
    I just turned 41 in Oct. My younger bride is also in school and together we started our first semester of 2 yr ADN program. She was working part time but is the manager of our household and quit work recently. I still work 40-50 hrs a week in sales. The workload of school and work is nutz. I have no life and expect none for the next 18 months. The fact that my wife is doing this with me helps tremendously I would most likely be unable to do it this way with out her help. Having a "live in" study partner and someone to quiz over all the time I am at home is a bonus. I am looking forward to my first Christmas Break from Nursing school!
  7. by   LeesaRN
    Glad to hear from all of you.I'm 43 and in my third semester of a two year program. I am the oldest in my class and I have no social life. All I do is study and eat. This is the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. My house is a mess full of nursing books all over the place. Guilt is an emotion I feel often. I feel guilty if I'm not studying or I feel guilty I don't spend enought time with my family. I know this will all be worth it some day, but sometimes it hard to see the forest for the trees. Ha Ha Ha Good luck to all my prayers are with you Leesa:typing
  8. by   AtomicWoman
    Quote from nurs2be09
    My house is a mess full of nursing books all over the place.
    I hear ya! One day, I was doing some Organic Chemistry homework. I had about six books spread out over the kitchen table, plus printouts from the internet, my own notebooks and my laptop. My husband walked into the kitchen and said, "I want to weep openly." LOL! I do try to clean up the books when we eat dinner, though. No need for him to be staring at molecules or whatever I'm working on! I'm sure I'll be exactly like this when I start NS in May. If one reference is good, 10 are awesome!
  9. by   Catedi
    I'm starting my first semester for my ASN in the spring. I'll be 47 by then. I started in 2005 with pre-reqs, but the waiting list at the College was crazy. I just kept taking classes and now have pre-reqs finished for the BSN. Although, I'm not sure if I'll end up going for that.

    There are a few things I'm having trouble with.
    1. House work
    2. Laundry
    I have two boys at home--a 16 yr old and a 9 yr old. Both have disabilities, so it's all I can do sometimes to get dinner on the table, work with them on homework, and herd them into bed.

    I usually don't get to study till after that. Somehow, miraculously, I've maintained a 3.67 GPA. But my house is a wreck and it's driving me nuts.

    I know I'm obsessed with getting As and Bs but I'm worried if I let up I'll miss something and won't understand what's going on by third semester. I'm already afraid I can't cut it, but I'm willing to try. Anyone with advise for me would be really helpful.
  10. by   notthereyet0
    There sure are a lot of us older students. I will be 47 when I get my degree. I noticed some posters say that they thought their older age made it harder to get an entry level job in the health field. Has anyone else noticed this? I have a teaching degree but have applied for patient tech part time jobs. It is not essential, thank God, but it becomes discouraging when you don't get any callbacks. Have to admit, I am not hounding them either. Anyone else notice that hirers tend to think you're overqualified?
  11. by   Pauligirl
    Quote from notthereyet0
    There sure are a lot of us older students. I will be 47 when I get my degree. I noticed some posters say that they thought their older age made it harder to get an entry level job in the health field. Has anyone else noticed this? I have a teaching degree but have applied for patient tech part time jobs. It is not essential, thank God, but it becomes discouraging when you don't get any callbacks. Have to admit, I am not hounding them either. Anyone else notice that hirers tend to think you're overqualified?
    I was a few classes away from my first bachelor's degree when I was hired as a patient care tech. And that was two years ago!

    From my experience hiring manager's don't seem to think I'm overqualified (with a B.A. degree). The manager that hired me seemed excited about bringing me on board since I'm planning a career in nursing. And I did have prior nurse aide experience from many, many years ago.

    I can't imagine anyone with a college degree doing this kind of work for the fun of it. Most of my co-workers in my job category are studying for nursing or other allied health careers. And a few of them are like me and already have BA/BS degrees. One of them is studying for her master's degree.

    I recently applied at two different hospitals for patient tech and clerk positions. I got a call back for the tech and a call back for the clerk position. Amazingly the interview scheduler for the clerk position tried to get me to consider a patient care tech position! And my prior work experience (before tech) and college degree would be more useful in a clerk position.

    Well I decided to just stay with my current employer. It would seem that I've pidgeon holed myself into the tech/aide career category, UGH!

    Anyway, I'd have to say that hiring manager's wouldn't think that you're overqualified. Especially if you've indicated that you're planning a career change to nursing.

    If you're not getting any call backs it could be due to a few things. If you don't have prior experience or certification that could be an issue. But from what I've seen if you know someone (hiring manager or someone that know's him/her) you can get a job w/o any experience.:angryfire I've also noticed that some job positions are just merely advertised and a job candidate has already been "chosen". At my facility when a new tech is hired on our unit the first thing we think is who does he/she know or who are they related to.:icon_roll Without prior experience that's the only way to get hired. Or so it would seem.
  12. by   PEBBLES1
    I am 40 years old. I work full time. The way I study is by the nclex books. I always do nclex questions based on the content that I am studying in class. If we are doing cardiac, then I do all cardiac nclex questions and I read the nclex books. Also, we get powerpoints, if you work shrink your notes down and cut the excess paper off and study that. I was always reading my notes and on my lunch our I read the books, but I only read the keypoints. But the key that helped me pass was doing nclex questions. Even if you u do 10 to 20 questions a day and make sure you read ALL rationales. Even if you get the question
  13. by   PEBBLES1
    I am 40 years old. I work full time. The way I study is by the nclex books. I always do nclex questions based on the content that I am studying in class. If we are doing cardiac, then I do all cardiac nclex questions and I read the nclex books. Also, we get powerpoints, if you work shrink your notes down and cut the excess paper off and study that. I was always reading my notes and on my lunch our I read the books, but I only read the keypoints. But the key that helped me pass was doing nclex questions. Even if you u do 10 to 20 questions a day and make sure you read ALL rationales. Even if you get the question right right, make sure you understand why. Good luck, hope this help u

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