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I'm wondering if there are others such as myself who have decided to change careers and gone back to school to pursue a nursing degree. I am 50 years old and have always wanted to be a nurse, but married and had a family instead.... Read More


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    Darmor11,

    So nice to meet another 42 year old here! Yes, the others that commented were very positive. I also appreciate the advice about staying physically healthy. It is a good reminder. I've noticed I have put my working out on the back burner as of late, because I'm focusing so much on school.

    I have 2 kids, one in elementary and one in middle school. I gave up my career years ago to be home, and I'm in the re-invention stage. I've always known I wanted to be a nurse, but never quite believed I could do it. We experienced a health scare with my hubby this past year, and it helped validate my desire to pursue nursing and inspired me as well. Hope to follow your progress. Good luck!
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    Hello mom2banurse! I LOVE it! We will be about the same age when we finish up. My son will start highschool in 3 years, and my daughter is right behind him. Are you ladies super excited about where you are in your lives right now? I am honestly the happiest I've been in awhile. I love being a full time Mom, and pursuing my education feels amazing! My kiddies are totally inspired too.
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    I'm wondering if there are others such as myself who have decided to change careers and gone back to school to pursue a nursing degree. I am 50 years old and have always wanted to be a nurse, but married and had a family instead. No regrets, I am taking my last pre-req course for an ADN, I am nervous about moving forward because I think I will be the oldest person in Nursing class. :-) Thoughts????
    Thanks for posting this comment. At times, I have felt like I was alone in these same feelings. I turned 40 y/o this year and I'm married with children. I left the classroom after 15 years to return to my passion. I stepped out on faith, quit my job, and my husband is supporting us. I was blessed to get a scholarship and I'm working hard to keep it. It hasn't been easy being an older student in class. I remember the first week, one of the teenaged students commented on why older students were just now going to school. She said it as if the 15 or so older students were lazy and just decided to get out and do something with our lives. I was sitting there and I jumped in. First off, they were shocked to know I was 40; I've been told I look 20ish. Then, when I told them I have a B.S. and M.S. in biology, their jaws dropped. It has been competitive. . .mostly with myself. I'm determined to graduate with honors. We can make it! Hats off to the over 20's!!!!
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    Thanks for posting this comment. At times, I have felt like I was alone in these same feelings. I turned 40 y/o this year and I'm married with children. I left the classroom after 15 years to return to my passion. I stepped out on faith, quit my job, and my husband is supporting us. I was blessed to get a scholarship and I'm working hard to keep it. It hasn't been easy being an older student in class. I remember the first week, one of the teenaged students commented on why older students were just now going to school. She said it as if the 15 or so older students were lazy and just decided to get out and do something with our lives. I was sitting there and I jumped in. First off, they were shocked to know I was 40; I've been told I look 20ish. Then, when I told them I have a B.S. and M.S. in biology, their jaws dropped. It has been competitive. . .mostly with myself. I'm determined to graduate with honors. We can make it! Hats off to the over 20's!!!!
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    I'm wondering if there are others such as myself who have decided to change careers and gone back to school to pursue a nursing degree. I am 50 years old and have always wanted to be a nurse, but married and had a family instead. No regrets, I am taking my last pre-req course for an ADN, I am nervous about moving forward because I think I will be the oldest person in Nursing class. :-) Thoughts????
    Do it! Go all the way! We have three women in our program who are 50 and above and a couple others who are in their 40's, and they are doing great. I think you have two advantages over younger students: life experience and your kids are self-sufficient at this point. I'm 33 with a husband and two boys ages 6 and 7, and I'm having a hard time but hanging in there and doing pretty well. You probably don't have to worry about rides to school and aftercare for your kids, they're not needing your attention when you have to study, you don't have to do everything for them. You're probably back to your pre-kids time scheme at this point. Sometimes I think maybe I should have waited until mine are at least in middle school. Owell.

    Also, as far as the physical demands, helping someone get out of bed can be challenging for anyone! At my age it's still hard, and I'm pretty strong... just small. Just get help. There's always someone around who can help you turn or lift or move someone. You'll be on your feet quite a bit walking around, but it sounds like you're already doing that. It's taking care of patients, not Wipe Out. You'll be fine. One girl in our program has severe asthma, and she's around 40, quite overweight, but she already works as an LPN and is having no problems in the program.

    You can do this. You can do this.
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    I graduate next week, and while I'm in my 20's, my oldest classmate is in her 60's. The age range in my class is huge, we have kids that just turned 20, lots of people in their mid twenties, thirties, and a few in their 40's and 50's. Makes no difference, they will all be good nurses.


    Once you get into the program...age doesn't matter quite so much. Our lady in her 60's is buddies with a 28 year old girl and a woman in her 30's. One of the women I hung around with a lot is in her late 30's with 5 kids. You'll be surprised how well you can fit in, nursing school seems to bring unlikely friendships about
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    CONGRATULATIONS Racer! I can't wait for me to be able to say that! Still a long ways to go for me but so motivated!
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    if I get into a nursing program, I hope there are older students in it! I'm 28 and switching careers and I was afraid I was going to be the oldest one in the class,
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    I'm 34 and starting school in January 2013! At first I thought it would bother me to be older, but now it doesn't bother me at all. You just have to put your mind to it, which will probably be easier being a little older and more mature.
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    You go girl! I love it!!! Keep up the good work, this is all so encouraging. Man, I can hardly wait! SMH


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