A nursing student at 48. My journey could be yours... - page 4

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   nursemaddie

    This is my first post here, and I've just graduated, and got my dream position this past month, and I'll be 50 in the fall. It was by far the hardest thing I've eve accomplished, but it's so worth it! I've waited a long time to be here, and I'm studying like crazy for the NCLEX.
  2. by   MA_Davis
    I just had to comment and let you know that I applaud you. You are a very extraordinary woman and I loved reading every bit of this story. I just wish there was more people like you. I have told my father plenty of times he can still do anything he wants, whatever he feels would make him happy. And you have just proved the point I was trying to make to him. Again, I applaud you. You are a real role model And I will never forget this story. You are certainly an inspiration to everyone!
    Be blessed
  3. by   elgaE19
    Such an inspiring story! You have uplifted the spirits of others especially for those who took nursing in their 40's and above... Being a mom, nursing student, and a wife all at the same time is hard! I know the feeling cause I've been there... I'm on the next chapter now after achieving my RN license and that is to find a job! Thanks for sharing your story... Good luck and may you continue to inspire others!
  4. by   amygarside
    This is great article. Your story goes to show that anything is possible and giving up is never an option.
  5. by   jinchi
    Sewnmom your story is very touching and inspiring.It encouraged me a lot.I am completing my pre-requisites currently doing self studies at home inorder to get enrolled into a nursing program.Thank you very much for sharing your story.it means a lot to people like me reading true storys like this. I know that the road ahead will not be easy for me,but i cannot stop here.I need to move on inorder to reach my goals.
  6. by   afahrbach11
    I just turned 48 in April and graduated with my Associates in May. To have my two children (ages-22 & 24) watch me get my diploma was one of the most uplifting moments of my life,( besides have my children).
  7. by   cecert
    So inspired by all the comments. I'm a recent graduate from the LPN program, and it was a lot of information in such a short time frame. But it can be done! I almost gave up the last two months, so glad I hung in there. Studying for my NCLEX, hope i pass first the time around! Any tips please share.
  8. by   skoivu
    Wow! Incredible story, an inspiration! I also recently graduated as an RN at 49 years old! A long road, but my dream has been realized no less. Thank you for sharing!
  9. by   redshott
    Congrats and thank you for sharing this! Over the past couple of weeks I've been beating myself up about if I should persue a degree in nursing or not (I'm a 32yr old USAF wife & phlebotomist)... The thing holding me back and making me want to reconsider is how old I'd be when I graduate and all (I don't want to stop at an associates, possibly go onto a masters if I do it). I also have a disabled younger sister who I've helped kinda raise and take care of along the way so your story hits home on several points! Thanks again for posting so those of us struggling with decisions get the push we need! Best of luck with your last year!!
  10. by   HHLinda
    It's never too late to pursue your dream! Nursing school is tough; however mature students know how to hang in there! We're resilient and focused! I graduated with my ADN at 52! Graduating with my BSN PHN December 2012!
    Remember-- nurses do eat their young; however we're able to stand our ground because we have life experience!
  11. by   ~miss_mercy_me
    "if you're a little older and feel that it's too hard or that you'll be too old when you graduate think of this...you'll be too old anyway so you may as well do something with the time. i can't think of anything better than training yourself to be in service to others."

    love the above quote, as it as has so much truth in it

  12. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Thank you. VERY cool. I am so sorry about your brother Danny.
  13. by   Alvindudley
    I am 53 and i have been a nurse for 2 years. I am a hospice nurse. I got a BSN in 14 months and made the national nursing honor society, sigma theta tau. I love my career and I am so glad it chose me at this stage of my life. I am blessed