A BSN at 84 - page 2

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A retired 84-year-old Missouri nurse has earned her BSN. CARTHAGE, Mo. (AP) This will be a busy week for Leslie Nivens. She turned 84 Tuesday. And on Friday, the retired registered nurse will graduate from Cox College in... Read More


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    Quote from yginay
    I remember when I was trying to decide whether or not to embark on a new career and apply to nursing school. I said to my mom, "The thing is, I will be like 43 yrs old when I graduate, I'll feel ancient compared to the others." Her reply to me was, "You'll be 43 no matter what, why not be 43,a nurse, happy in a new profession and proud of yourself?" So, so glad I listened to her! I am now 44, an RN and about to enter a New Grad program in the ER at a wonderful, local hospital It is never too late to learn something new and no matter what your age, you bring something unique and valuable to the table. Huge congrats to the new RN...nursing school is grueling at any age and at 84...I am beyond impressed
    I had a similar conversation with my cousin back in 2004. I was debating about getting my BSN due to my age, loans, and prerequisites. He said, "Five or six years is going to pass no matter what. You may as well work towards something you want." I graduated in 2010, been working steady since, and my loans are gone. No matter what your age, the commitment is definitely worth it.
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    Well done! Good for her.
    I have always told my nieces to follow the desires of their heart, and do what makes them happy and complete, no matter what their age is.
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    I'm going to be the odd one out and say that while it is great that she has a BSN, I feel as though that spot could have been given to someone who needed it more.

    But congrats for her.
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    Quote from ThePrincessBride
    I'm going to be the odd one out and say that while it is great that she has a BSN, I feel as though that spot could have been given to someone who needed it more.

    But congrats for her.
    What spot did she take from someone? It was an unusual situation, and they adapted the curriculum that was required and allowed her to finish the BSN online.

    It's not like she's going to be going out there taking jobs away from younger new grads.
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    It's not like she's going to be going out there taking jobs away from younger new grads.[/QUOTE]

    Even if she were, more power to her!
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    Most schools have x number of spots allotted for mature students. I'm sure she didn't "take" a spot away from someone else. And she would have paid her tuition just like everyone else. Good on her.
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    "I'm going to be the odd one out and say that while it is great that she has a BSN, I feel as though that spot could have been given to someone who needed it more.

    But congrats for her. "

    If they needed it more than they should have had better grades or other qualifications that made their application better than hers!
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