A nursing student at 48. My journey could be yours... - page 2

In my 49 years of life I have had many life-changing events as we all do. I was born the eldest of two children. My younger brother was born in 1963 and diagnosed as "severely mentally retarded," a... Read More

  1. by   bashabab
    Yep, we all have a story, I too was a stay at home mom and went to nursing school at age 55! I graduated when I was 58 and am still going strong and loving it. I think we older gals bring a calm to the bedside that the younger girls just don't have yet! loved your story.
  2. by   FranEMTnurse
    Wonderful, heartwarming story, and if you realize it or not, I believe your brother Danny led you to your nursing career.
  3. by   sewnmom
    I believe that it did open my eyes to a different path!
  4. by   lindiek
    You are so encouraging. I am 46 with a husband and 2 children and going to nursing school in the fall. I am so nervous. I don't know how I will have time to study and have a family. Plus, I am no "spring chicken". I wonder how we will pay our bills while I am in college. I have a Bachelor's degree. I was a teacher. I am at the same time excited, and wonder what kind of nursing I can do with those 2 fields combined. I am so glad that I am not the only "older" lady (or man) out there to pursue nursing.
  5. by   jme123
    Sewnmom
    I just read this story and at the end saw it was posted by you. What an inspiring story. And here I was asking you questions about the nursing program because I'm nervous to start in August. Thanks for the inspiration!!!!
  6. by   amygarside
    What an inspiring story! It really is never too late to find your dreamjob!
  7. by   sewnmom
    I will encourage anyone to give it a try. This is no doubt the hardest thing I have ever done. I have an engineering degree so I had to learn to "rethink" - my critical, problem solving skills come in handy but the skill set is different.

    When I look back on my first year of completion, I am amazed at all I have learned. When I look at what I DON'T know, it is frightening - I have to learn in this year! Oh my.

    There were several that started in my class and decided it was not for them. They dropped out early. There are several that didnt pass some of the semesters. It happens. Some got right back in and continued on, some found other areas. It all depends on you.
  8. by   pcurbow
    Hello everyone! Glad to know that there are more folks like me out there! I am 48 and a retired teacher. My older sister is an RN and I never thought I had what it took to be a nurse back then. When I had children, both had health problems, and it was like I got a nursing degree by defalt. I finished up raising my children and getting enough time in to retire from teaching. I got my admission letter for nursing school last week. Like many of you it was much harder to get in than I thought. It didn't matter that I had a masters degree in elementary education, I had the same requirements as everybody else, which meant having to take/retake prerequisite classes and of course the dreaded TEAS V! I look forward to the next few weeks. I am opting to go ahead and take NUR 104 (a one hour pharmacology class) this summer and the rest of my Nursing classes start in the fall semester. Good luck to all and thanks again for sharing your story!
  9. by   arl6
    You are an inspiration!! This reminds me of a woman in my nursing program. She was in her late forties and had a history of breast cancer, but was in remission. In the middle of school, she learned that her cancer came back, put school on hold went through surgery, chemo and radiation. The next fall she returned to nursing school, not letting anything get in the way of her dream!
  10. by   frogdream
    I turned 60 in Dec 2011, graduated from an associate degree nursing program in Jan 2011 and just finished my first year working as an RN in an acute care hospital! I am also working to finish my BSN by Dec 2012.

    I previously worked for several years in finance and in 2008 lost my job when things started to crash. I decided that was my opportunity to go back to school for nursing. It has been a very difficult last few years but worth every minute!
  11. by   IEDave
    Evening, sewnmom:

    A very interesting tale, to be sure - throughly enjoyed reading it. Rather than compare our relative experiences (or, experiences with relatives, which amounts to the same thing) what jumped out at me was your comment about how Danny was non-verbal. Based on my experiences with the residents at my LTC, I suspect that Danny's left you a legacy that will serve you well in your new profession; non-verbal communication in this area is IMMENSELY important, and oddly it's not a common skill (or, at least it's not where I work). Probably the one true talent I have for this field is that one skill - I tend to attribute it both to my experiences with my late mother and with my IT background. I tend to startle my co-workers with my ability to decipher what a "difficult" resident wants and needs based on a touch, a gesture, even an inappropriate act. May it be so for you as well.

    In any case, thanks for sharing!


    ----- Dave
  12. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from frogdream
    I turned 60 in Dec 2011, graduated from an associate degree nursing program in Jan 2011 and just finished my first year working as an RN in an acute care hospital! I am also working to finish my BSN by Dec 2012.

    I previously worked for several years in finance and in 2008 lost my job when things started to crash. I decided that was my opportunity to go back to school for nursing. It has been a very difficult last few years but worth every minute!
    Awesome!!! I'm glad you made it over the hump dear. I was 55 when I graduated.
  13. by   sewnmom
    Thanks so much Dave. Have you looked into getting a DDN certification? Developmental Disability Nursing I think it is.

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