Older Student/Over 60 years old - page 3

by forestlover

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Hello everyone- This is my first post, but I am curious....When I finish nursing school (if I even get in) I will be 62 years old. Is there anyone out there in the same situation? I am currently struggling through Physiology,... Read More


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    Quote from caliotter3
    Consider changing your course of action to LPN. Physiology may not, (most likely won't), be a prerequisite to LPN school. When you finish LPN school and become an LPN, you will be a nurse. The LPN license may make it easier to get into RN school via an LPN to RN transition program. You will have become a nurse and will have bought more time to get it together in physiology.
    Physiology was part of my PN education up here in Canada but in my province the old two year RN diploma is the PN education. Like others have said A&P was the deal breaker for many in my intake. 10 out of 70 failed it.

    This late in life desire to become a nurse seems to be more of an American thing. The oldest student nurse I've ever worked with was 50.

    Your mind may be nimble but eventually your body shouts enough. I'm 51 and figure I've got 5 years max left to work on the floor. I only know of one nurse working after 55 and he's working his way out of the door (his words). He plans to be gone by the time he's 60.
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    I'll be almost 60 when I graduate from my RN program that starts Sept. 2010. I'm not worried about competing with younger classmates; I've been more than holding my own as a pre-nursing student while some of the 'kids' crashed and burned. There's a lot to be said for maturity. Not that I didn't do stupid things when I was a 'young' undergrad. Go for it!!
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    I am so inspired. I start Nursing School in Jan. At that time I will be 1 month shy of turning 43. I thought of my age as a disadvantage. Maturity is definitely a plus because at this point in my life it is all about business. I had my first child 8 days after my 40th birthday and I am so proud to be a mature mom. Life is just starting for me. I plan to ultimately become a CRNA. I have my course plotted and I am ready to reach for the stars. I know that it won't be a piece of cake but I think that I can pretty much handle curve balls without falling apart. As long as you are alive, it is not too late. Congrats to all who choose not to let age stand in the way of reaching your goals!!!!
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    Wow-
    I don't think wanting to work later in life is an "American thing"
    I think it's a people thing-
    A mind set thing-
    Being in shape and sharp in wit thing-
    I still feel vibrant and young!

    Like an earlier post said, I want to work until they cart me out feet first
    I want to be productive and contribute back
    Gardening and quilting, or whatever retirement means, just won't fit the bill

    So American, Canadian, Egyptian-whatever-it's how you feel!!

    WaitinginNJ-I would love to have personal contact with you as you are the only person I have heard in
    my situation, but I don't know how to do it. I would be so interested in what you are experiencing. If
    you are interested, do you know how to do it???
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    It's never to late too follow your dreams.

    Obstacles are those things you see when you take your eye off the prize
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    There was a 65 year old women in my A&P 1 class. She held 3 Master's and was just doing this for fun. She had a little bit of difficulty, but she passed. A&P is difficult for everyone, it's just a lot to learn.

    I personally do not believe it's ever to late to pursue a dream and if this is what you want, then you will find a way. Don't do something you will regret, you only live once.

    An LPN is still a nurse, however I'm not sure if your dream was to become an RN or what. Becoming an LPN is easier than becoming an RN, you do not have to take as many classes and I do not think you have to take A&P. There is an LPN in my A&P classes. The A&P classes are on the RN program.
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    Forestlover- I am in your boat too. I am 58 and just finishing A&P 1. I have been working my a** off and getting the grades to show it. I also believe we old folks have something we bring to the table, life experience. I got an advanced degree back in the 70's. I surprised myself how well my study skills hung in there. The other day a 20 something student said to me in class, " Well your memory still seems to be working." I laughed my butt off! She backpedelled, but I told her "thanks for the compliment."
    I work at staying fit and know I will make a great nurse. This will be the fourth (and last) successful career. Keep on chugging along, you can do it!
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    I am so glad I found this thread. I was feeling concerned about the age thing too. I got my RN in the 80's and got the BSN in 2007 at the age of 56. I immediately applied to Graduate school and started in the Nurse Practitioner program. I am the oldest in my class and most profs are younger or my age. All preceptors are difinitely younger which is not necessarily a good thing since one I had expected me to know more than a typical 2nd semester student should know in that program. He also expected me to see patients 4 times as fast as my school required. His comments were really discriminatory, so I am concerned about which schools may be better for nontraditional/older students. Does anyone know of schools that seem to have a plentiful supply of nontraditional students? I know age is a factor in acceptance because they ask your birthdate on the applications. Also, I got a call from one trying to get me interested in the schools he was promoting, and he told me that some schools did have age limits. I am 59 now, and if I get accepted to another school will be at least 60 when I finish. I also want to finish it online. Some schools believe in Socialization and try to mould you into what their idea of a nurse is. At our age, that is ridiculous. We have been moulded and are there for the education.
    My advice to you who started the thread is to GO FOR IT! Never give up your dreams. I'd do the RN if that is what you want. You can decide for yourself. I'd talk to other LPNs to see if what they do on a daily basis is enough to satisfy you. Do the same with RNs. I'd say RN is the way to go. You are too young not to be able to really do something with it. They say that the 60's are when we take the world by storm! I did the interviewing with NPs before I applied. My neighbor got her PhD at age 75 and is 90 now and writing a book!!! I'd love to be friends with you and the others who are in our age bracket. I have support to give and would love to have your experience, strength, and hope. Let me know if you know of schools that will accept us older students etc. Barinbass
    Last edit by Barinbass on Aug 20, '10 : Reason: Spell checker on vacation
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    Quote from Anoetos
    If 50 is the new 30, I guess that makes 60 the new 40?
    Does that go without saying then that 40 is the new 20??? ...

    I would love to see the OP come back and report that she has become an RN ... ... you are NEVER too old to pursue your dreams!


    I'm also one who plans to be carted out, stethescope and all. I shudder sometimes to picture myself in retirement as sitting in a rocking chair watching and waiting for life to end. My idea of retirement is part-time work, and that hopefully won't happen until my 70's.
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    Two points - remember first of all that it is always darkest just before the dawn. You will struggle and question yourself and some days want to quit, but you must press on toward your goal, knowing, trusting, believing that though you cannot see the sun, it is waiting there, just below the horizon, and soon it will rise and you will see that everything you have done was worth it. As others have said, wipe the age thing from your mind - what, does age turn you into a different person? No. Would you be thinking you can't do it if you were 20 years younger? No? Then don't think it now. Forget age. It literally is just a number.

    My second point is - one of the things that I really like about nursing is that it can be a truly lifelong career. If you no longer want to be lifting patients and doing the harder physical work, you can get into research or teaching or administration. There are countless doors to walk through as a nurse at any age. You never need to feel stuck anywhere as a nurse. Nursing is one of the few careers out there that offers so much variety and potential for change, making it a career that can grow as the person grows, both mentally and physically.

    So don't allow this idea to take root in your head, that you cannot hack it because you are older. That is nonsense. Your wisdom, your humility, your compassion, all gained from a lifetime of other types of experience, will help you be an excellent nurse - and don't ever let anyone convince you otherwise. No one else is living your life but you.
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