How many much older (40+) students out there starting classes? (I'm 47) - page 8

by nursingstudent3109

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 extremely excited! Second career for... Read More


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    Like others have said... the professors will appreciate you and respect you but even better than that when you go to clinicals, the nurses will prefer to work with you!

    In every clinical rotation, I have been asked to join their team when I graduate because I am serious, knowledgeable, experienced and I love being there, unlike my younger counterparts.
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    Love "Larry Crowne".
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    The only thing better would be to replace Julia Roberts with Jennifer Aniston. snort.
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    Quote from midlife101
    After 10 years in the military and almost 20 as a systems and satellite engineer,
    What branch were you in? I was in the Navy. I was stationed in Spain from 83-85, and the Norfolk, VA until 88, when I was discharged.
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    Hello to all,

    I like some are of the older generation, I am 45 and have completed my pre-req's. However, I am getting worried as to how this will play out after reading other posts. Nurses having a problem finding employment is some what bothersome. Then there is the issues with appying to the nursing programs: not having all A's, having w's is counted against you, I dont have a 3.0 gpa, and not to mention the chances I am taking in changing careers in order to fullfill my dream.

    I am the sole provider for my three children and will enter a CNA program in two weeks. Working the night shift as a CNA will allow me to to apply and..... possibly receive a chance at entering the LVN Program. Once employed as an LVN I will continue with school until I earn my BNS. The colleges make it extremly difficult on the single mothers who want to earn an academic education. We have to work full-time and the medical classes are only held during the day.

    Although I want this terribly, I might have to change my major so that I will be able to support my family and still achieve an academic education.

    Im taking a huge risk and wonder if any others have traveled down the same road and could possibly offer some advise. I would greatly appreciate it.
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    Wow ! So glad to come across this thread! I needed this! I just turned 41 this month and start my first semester of prereqs Thursday!!! I am so nervous but excited as well. This will be my very first time in a college classroom! I started working in the travel industry in high school and worked my way up through the years with a national company. Long story short - my position was phased out after 20 years with them and I found myself in a strange situation. My kids are 17 and 13, I have an incredibly supportive husband and he told me to go for this! Ive always wanted to go to nursing school but I had too good of a job to consider career changes. If you told me a year ago I'd be starting nursing school I would have called you a liar!! I am so excited about this next phase in my life. I am however, VERY apprehensive about my age!! I dont want to be the class granny! LOL!!!!

    This summer I am taking remedial math (yuck) , anatomy and anatomy lab and English.
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    Quote from dawn5418
    Wow ! So glad to come across this thread! I needed this! I just turned 41 this month and start my first semester of prereqs Thursday!!! I am so nervous but excited as well. This will be my very first time in a college classroom! I started working in the travel industry in high school and worked my way up through the years with a national company. Long story short - my position was phased out after 20 years with them and I found myself in a strange situation. My kids are 17 and 13, I have an incredibly supportive husband and he told me to go for this! Ive always wanted to go to nursing school but I had too good of a job to consider career changes. If you told me a year ago I'd be starting nursing school I would have called you a liar!! I am so excited about this next phase in my life. I am however, VERY apprehensive about my age!! I dont want to be the class granny! LOL!!!!

    This summer I am taking remedial math (yuck) , anatomy and anatomy lab and English.
    Wow, your situation sounds quite similar to mine. No worries, you certainly won't be the "class granny" LOL There are lots of older people going to school now. Good luck and go for your dream!
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    42 here and starting nursing school this fall! It's great to see that there are so many of us, it makes me feel much better. I was so worried I even asked my advisor if she thought I was too old to start nursing school and her answer was an emphatic "heavens no!"
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    Just turned 48 in May! Not sweating it though- honestly I was not ready emotionally or psychologically to be a Nurse. Had a lot of growing up to do! Graduated: Oh Lawdy ;~) with a BS in Business and had a successful 20+ year career in the financial industry, got plenty of experience in the corporate world. In the meantime, lost 50 pounds (and kept it off), ended an abusive marriage, and buried 3 of the most loved and important people in my life. Lots of baggage has been unpacked and thrown away. Now I am ready to fullfill a dream that I've had since I was 8 years old. Nothing is impossible- the universe gives us everything we need! Godspeed to everyone of you....
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    oh yeah BTW, I''m finishing up my pre-reqs. Taking A&P II now and taking Micro in the fall. Taking July and Aug off to study for the TEAS and apply to several Nursing programs in my area!!


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