What was I thinking?

  1. A brief vent questioning my sanity in returning to school for RN to BSN to MSN.

    It's been 13 years since I graduated with my ADN. If I complete this program in a timely fashion I'll be around 50 years old. Class only started this past Monday and I'm already stressed. Although given my first class is Applied Statistics, a class I've always dreaded, I'm not surprised I've already added to my grey hair collection. It's time though. The kids are all in school and have all agreed "it's time you put yourself first Mom". I question if my brain's ready for this. Other than keeping up with required CEs to maintain my license, there's been no formal education going on up there. Sigh.

    Ok, vent done. Off to study. Thanks for listening.
  2. Visit RanieRN profile page

    About RanieRN, MSN, RN

    Joined: Jul '01; Posts: 149; Likes: 563
    Hospice Case Manager; from MA , US
    Specialty: 18 year(s) of experience in psychiatry,geropsych,LTC/SNF, hospice


  3. by   BrnEyedGirl
    WOW,...that could be my post!!! I turned 46 in August,...am in my 3rd semester of RN to MSN,....we can do it. I think this is way better than when I was in my 20's, divorced with 2 small children, trying to go to nursing school while working full time! Best of luck to you!

    BTW PERRLA is your friend,...if you don't have it,...get it!
  4. by   classicdame
    45 when I started ADN and then went on to get BSN then later MSN. Not sorry and you will not be either. It was actually "fun" in some respects.
  5. by   CrunchRN
    I am 50. Not even close to ready to go back to school for my BSN.
  6. by   nurseprnRN
    You can do it. There's never a best time but there's always the time you have. When I started mine I had a 6-week-old at the breast, but I knew if I didn't go then I'd never get another chance, and that's pretty much how it worked out. (That baby had HER first baby the year before finishing her PhD. Runs in the family.)
  7. by   Been there,done that
    And.. if you don't complete this program.. when you are 50,, you will still be well on your way!
  8. by   MrChicagoRN
    I wish I was only 50 when I completed MY masters. Sometimes it takes sometime to get into the swing of things when it's been many years.
    Maybe go slow the first semester, even if it takes a bit longer
  9. by   JBudd
    I was out of school for 20+ years before going back. Took 5 years, one class a semester, but now I'm 50+ and got it done
  10. by   RanieRN
    Thanks for all the words of encouragement everyone!!! I really appreciate them (I'd insert the 'hugs' smiley here but it seems to have disappeared. I can't wait for the opportunity to use the 'poop' one though ).

    RN-Cardiac: what's PERRLA?
  11. by   FLArn
    All I could think of was Pupils equeal, round, reactive to light and accomodation. LOL! However I googled and found out that it is an app for writing research papers! Learn something new every day!
  12. by   NJnewRN
    Ok, So I'm not 50, but I am really proud of you. I got my ADN three years ago and decided to go back for my BSN. What a challenge that was. I am almost done with the BSN and already applying for the MSN. I am proud of you because I struggled throughout the entire process. I had to fight my way through it. Remember, it is never never never too late to go back. I as much as I like the idea of thinking that I finally got my bsn, I love feeling accomplished because I know the sweat, blood and tears that went into it : )
  13. by   nrsang97
    I have been a nurse for 11 years and am just now starting back for my BSN. I'm going to take it one class at a time, but I am determined to do it. I think I will take a different class other than stats to get back into it though LOL. I too dread stats.

    You can do this.
  14. by   wanderlea
    I was a nurse for 10 years when I decided to go back for my BSN last year and now I'm 2 classes away from graduation! I know it's hard to get back into the swing of things after being away from school for so long but it comes back to you quickly. You definetly should have started with an easier class though, lol. Hang in there! You will be glad you did it in the end! And I agree that the PERLA program was a life saver 😀