How many much older (40+) students out there starting classes? (I'm 47) How many much older (40+) students out there starting classes? (I'm 47) - pg.3 | allnurses

How many much older (40+) students out there starting classes? (I'm 47) - page 3

Hi, everyone. Just wondering how many older students like me are starting nursing classes this year? I'm 47 and just finished most of my pre-reqs; starting nursing classes in the fall and am... Read More

  1. Visit  CT Pixie profile page
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    At 39, I graduated LPN school. At 43 I am doing the LPN to RN bridge program and will be entering the 2nd year of a 2 year ADN program, I'll be 44 when I graduate. Then onto RN to BSN..I'll probably be closer to 46 when that happens.

    We have pretty much an equal division of ages. There are just as many younger ones as there are of us 40's group. I'd say the average age is mid 30's.
  2. Visit  FLmomof5 profile page
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    I was 47 when I started NS. I graduated in Aug 2010 and passed the NCLEX in Feb 2011 (I was still working in IT, so I delayed taking the exam.) I am currently an RN on a Med/Surg/Tele floor. You can do this!
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  3. Visit  Isitpossible profile page
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    Just wanted to say congrats and encourage all of you... I am 40 and just finished my BSN!! Honestly the professors in my program really enjoyed having the older mature students and treated us as such.. Good luck and Happy Studying!!!
  4. Visit  gracie7773 profile page
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    46 here - one more year of prereqs at my school of choice, apply and find out in February if I make it into their 2 year BSN program! Decided to transfer in for their required 1 year as a transfer student - it gives me bigger odds of getting into their program. I love finding other "older" students!! Just finishing my series of A&P this term.
  5. Visit  jacksonleo profile page
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    Good luck all,

    I am 48 and on my last semester of nursing school. Will graduate in October with my ADN and in the Spring with my BSN (I am doing a concurrent program) and so excited. I am not even the oldest in the class as there are about 10 people older than me. By the way, we started out with 102, down to 64 and did not loose any of the "old folks" so there is something to be said for age and experience. Our professors love us because we are serious and interested in being there. Anyway, good luck to you guys and it is never too late. I have always wanted to do this and after my daughter became independent, I gave up on the corporate world and here I am.

    I got a job as a patient care tech after my first semester to see if I would enjoy the environment. I just thrive in it and should have been here all along. Of course, like with many of you, life sort of got in the way. It is never too late and I am proof.

    Buckle up though, nursing school is going to be a wild ride! If there is anything I can help with, let me know...
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  6. Visit  Pick01 profile page
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    Hi, I'm 57 and just graduated. It's my second career, and really wished it had been my first. I am waiting to take the NCLEX, and then I can start my career. It is definately doable as you can see. I took a long time to decide what I really wanted to do, but I found it. I wish all of you luck, and remember no matter how hard it seems, you can do it!
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  7. Visit  jacksonleo profile page
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    Quote from Pick01
    Hi, I'm 57 and just graduated. It's my second career, and really wished it had been my first. I am waiting to take the NCLEX, and then I can start my career. It is definately doable as you can see. I took a long time to decide what I really wanted to do, but I found it. I wish all of you luck, and remember no matter how hard it seems, you can do it!
    Congratulations! It is never too late to become who you really are.

    Good luck with the NCLEX... I am next!
  8. Visit  tyf2816 profile page
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    Hello all. This is my first post. I am 41 entering into MOC/Watts program in a few weeks. I started my nursing journey back in 1999! This will be my second degree and I enjoy reading all the encouraging words from other mature students. I can't wait to start. This is exciting to say the least. I plan on working full-time while in school and hearing from others I know it can be done. Send more words of encouragement. Just makes me know I made the right decision.
  9. Visit  nursingstudent3109 profile page
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    Hearing all these responses from you fellow "older" students is great! Really gives me encouragement to see I'm far from the only one going after this prize at my age. As has been mentioned, older students are much more serious in their studies. I love the quote from jacksonleo that said they started out with 102 students, down to 64 but none of the older students left. I think that speaks volumes. Good luck to all of us and I can't wait for fall so school can start!
  10. Visit  lrkonietzko profile page
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    Hello! I am so glad to have found this website! I am 43 and I am taking my pre-reqs. right now. I admit I was very intimidated when I decided to go for a degree in Nursing! However, as seen by these posts, I am not alone. I remember reading an answer that Dear Abbey gave to a woman who was saying she was going to be 50 and felt she was to old to get her college degree. Abbey replied, "You are going to be 50 regardless. Wouldn't you rather be 50 and a college graduate?" Thanks for all the encouraging words everyone! Good luck!!!!
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  11. Visit  theantichick profile page
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    I'm 42, will graduate this December (knock on wood) with an AAS and I'll be 43. If it's what you want, go for it. While there's something to be said for young bodies that don't ache or squeak, there's also something to be said for business and life experience.

    Best of luck!!
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  12. Visit  rnhope2b profile page
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    I'm 53 and still working on some pre-reqs but also working as a full time Flight Attendant. This will be the second career that I had always wished had been my first!
  13. Visit  MAmomof3 profile page
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    I'm 44, and I am finally going to begin working on the prerequisites this summer (starting with microbiology). I have been working as a pediatric physical therapist for over 20 years and also have my MS in Child Development, but I have thought about going back to school for nursing for probably the past five years or so. I have three kids (the youngest is two - yep, not only am I an older student, but I am also an older mom!), and I decided to try taking a class this summer to see how things go. It's nice to see so many other 40-50 year old students out there!

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