Any older people in pre-nursing? - page 5

i'm new here and just found this site. i will be starting biology 110 in the fall. i already have a bs in education and will be going back to the community college i started at 25 years ago! this... Read More

  1. by   muleplow
    I'm a RRT that's going into nursing LoL


    You will probably love respiratory, it's a very interesting field to work in!

    Good luck with school!
  2. by   steeldelica
    Thanks for this post! I smiled so much when I read it. I'm 38 and in my observations, I've been the oldest person in my classes. So appreciate such encouragement here. I only have Micro left in Fall 2008 before I apply to nursing. Hey...if you have any heads up or areas to pay special attention or to be aware of for Micro...it won't hurt my feelings. I start next in August 2008.

    Much success to you and your future, AtomicWoman.


    Quote from AtomicWoman
    I'll be 52 when I graduate with a BSN in 2010!

    Older students kick butt and take names. Ask any professor. I just finished a microbiology summer class where at least half the class was over 35. The professor said we had the highest scores on tests of any of his students! I called it "The Coot Factor" (speaking as a coot, of course. LOL!)

    You can do it and you can do great!! Just keep your focus. I actually (now) think that older brains learn differently, but in a much cooler way. Sometimes when I study, I feel like my brain is connecting the information in a hundred different ways all at the same time. And I've talked with other students about this... I think it has something to do with all that life experience we bring to our studies. I am also way more wowed by the science and by the amazing human body than I think I would have been when I was younger. I keep thinking, "How cool is that!!", whether it's Chemistry or A&P or Micro or something else.

    So, best of luck, and most of all, enjoy yourself!!
  3. by   AtomicWoman
    Quote from Steel Delica
    Thanks for this post! I smiled so much when I read it. I'm 38 and in my observations, I've been the oldest person in my classes. So appreciate such encouragement here. I only have Micro left in Fall 2008 before I apply to nursing. Hey...if you have any heads up or areas to pay special attention or to be aware of for Micro...it won't hurt my feelings. I start next in August 2008.

    Much success to you and your future, AtomicWoman.
    Thanks!

    Someone started a thread in this forum called "Micro Heads Up". I posted my favorite microbiology websites in that thread.

    I think the only thing in micro that made me a little crazy was memorizing which drugs targeted what: cellular membrane, cell wall, transcription/translation, etc. So if you have to do that, too, flash cards are essential!

    Also, wear a plastic apron in lab, even if your prof doesn't make you (mine didn't)! Those darn stains/dyes can be really ugly on your clothing!! And I found the antibacterial soap extremely harsh on my skin. Good old soap and water after lab will do just fine, thank you.

    If your prof has you running around school swabbing stuff to get samples, try swabbing a dollar bill. Yuck!! Ours had E. coli all over it!

    When studing viruses, ask yourself if you'll ever need to read sci-fi again! Viruses are so amazing and weird and out-of-this-world-scary, I don't need fiction!!! :chuckle

    Best of luck!!
  4. by   AtomicWoman
    Quote from seasoned hopeful
    I am 57 years old and will be 60 before I am done.
    You rock!!!! bowingpurbowingpur

    My hero!
  5. by   CRIMSON
    Hey more power to you! I am 36 and just starting my ADN in August. It is never 2 late.
  6. by   Butterfliesnroses
    I'm 23 years old....So I have the 18 year olds, just out of high school...Which 18-23 doesn't seem like much of a difference...BUT it really is maturity wise...at least for some people...and then there are the people that are in their 50s...SO I just don't feel like I fit in at all!
  7. by   caycc
    Quote from dancinagain
    i'm new here and just found this site. i will be starting biology 110 in the fall. i already have a bs in education and will be going back to the community college i started at 25 years ago! this is something i should have done way back then, but , i was young and stupid and had no confidence in myself. but i'm doing it now!

    i'm so excited i have already gotten my biology book and started reading and taking notes. fortunately, my instructor has a website as well and i've been following along and getting a head start.

    anyone feel like the oldest in class? i have this image of being stuck in a classroom with a bunch of 18 year olds...lol. i am taking night classes though so hopefull that means the average age goes up.

    people keep telling me how old i'll be when i'm finally an rn, but heck, i'll be that old in a few years whether or not i'm a nurse, so i might as well go for it.

    anyone else over 40 like me?
    you'll be fine! i am 53 years old and was just like you, afraid that i would be with a lot of young students. in my anatomy class there are 2 other people who are 50 and 52 years old. we like teasing the younger students about how old and wise we are. i think you'll find out like i did that there are a lot of "older" people who have decided it's never to late to go back to school. good luck to you.
  8. by   debbie2388
    These posts made me soooo....very happy. I am a 39 year old mom of a 19 year old married college student who is getting ready to be a grandmom. I was just accepted into my local community college's RN program for Fall 2008. I will actually be 41 by the time I sit for boards. I have a 3.40 GPA and I was surprised when I was completeing my prereqs that there were actually so many other older students....Well, congrats to us because you're never too old to better yourself!!!!!
  9. by   ljms
    Hi,

    I am brand new to this site. Your post was of particular interest to me. I am 54 and have just completed my pre-reqs for nursing. I am applying for various nursing schools over this summer. I go to school in the evenings and work full-time during the day. It took me 3 years to complete my pre-reqs, but I did it!

    All the advice I have gotten was your never too old to become a nurse. We have a much longer working time frame now, so why not do what your heart desires.

    Goodluck to you!

  10. by   smiley71
    Hello Everyone, I thought I was the only older person trying to go back to school... It nice to know im not alone...im new to this...
  11. by   caycc
    [quote=ljms;2945431]Hi,

    I am brand new to this site. Your post was of particular interest to me. I am 54 and have just completed my pre-reqs for nursing. I am applying for various nursing schools over this summer. I go to school in the evenings and work full-time during the day. It took me 3 years to complete my pre-reqs, but I did it!

    All the advice I have gotten was your never too old to become a nurse. We have a much longer working time frame now, so why not do what your heart desires.

    Goodluck to you!

    I have wanted to do this for quite sometime and even though I was scared, I knew that if I was ever going to become a nurse that it was now or never. My daughter was the one who encouaged me and made me see that I could do it. If we want this bad enough, we can and will do it! We know where we've been and we know where we are headed! Best of luck to you!
  12. by   ILOVELIFE
    I'm right there with you!

    I'm 44 and will be starting NS in the fall. There's life in the 'ol geezer yet!

    You will do great.
  13. by   steeldelica
    Atomic Woman,

    You just made my day with the comment on not needing fiction. That is great about the dollar bill. Also thanks for the tips on good old soap and plastic apron. I will get a plastic apron and wear it each lab, regardless if my prof or anyone else weawrs one. I don't mind looking like a dork with unsoiled clothes. This is my final science and final pre-nursing semester and looking forward new beginnings. Thanks ATomic Woman for bringing a smile to another. Have a great day.

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