A BSN at 84

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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 Springfield with a bachelor of science degree in nursing, capping decades of scattered academic work and a 50-year career in the field.

    She is both excited and proud of that accomplishment, she said Tuesday at her Carthage home.


    "I'm a little bit of all of it, of course," she said.


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    I have known Leslie for quite a few years! She is an inspiration!!!!
    somedaypeds and Red35 like this.
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    Good for her!

    She may not ever use it but at least she's got it.
    Kandy83 likes this.
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    Wow It's good to know that if she can do it and her mind is still in tact then us 22 year olds can do it too. P.S. sometimes I am lazy potato but this gives me insight, motivation, and determination as well . Congrats and way to go for her!!!
    timmedico likes this.
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    If she can do it then so can I. I am going to start classes toward my BSN in January.
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    Wow, congratulations to her!
    twinkletoes53 likes this.
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    CONGRATS and Hats OFF to this LADY!!!!!!
    All my excuses just walked right out of the door.
    Nurse2b7337, mycall2nsg, shamrokks, and 5 others like this.
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    Just reading the headline of the post made me smile. Good for you lady!
    twinkletoes53 likes this.
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    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
    Sophie15, mycall2nsg, WillLeads2Way, and 5 others like this.
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    Wow! If this does not get my butt moving in the right direction, I don't know what will!!!! This is so awesome! All those years as a nurse and she was still up for the challenge... Education is a lifelong journey for all of us. It never ends!
    FutureNurseK and mycall2nsg like this.


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