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- Sep 4, '09 by nurse101okGood luck on the dd floor we are not old just seasoned (lol)
- Sep 10, '09 by AllieKathello aspiring nurses and current nurses,
this is an absolutely amazing topic. i am just amazed at the wealth of support and encouragement from everyone. this topic is something i was concerned about. i am 35, which to some may seem pretty young, but when you are 35 and possibly faced with a class full of 20 somethings it can be extremely daunting to say the least. however, after having read many of these posts i am feeling a little more reassured.
i have not started any nursing program yet. i would like to do the rn nursing program, but it just doesn't seem feasible. i live in a very remote area. so, my best bet would probably be to do the local lpn program and try to bridge over to the rn; possibly online. the winters here in wny can be absolutely atrocious. so, i don't think it would be smart to travel an hour one way in the dead of winter.
i previously went to school for medical billing & coding and halfway through realized i loved nursing, but they didn't have a nursing program so i kept trudging along with it. graduated with an associate of applied science degree with honors, no less. i am 35 and a married mom of four. the lpn program is part-time. i wish it were full-time so it wouldn't take nearly as long to reach my goal. i'm not getting any younger and of course, we need the money, but we also need the benefits. but more importantly to me, i want to help people and give back to my community. i have wanted to be a nurse since i was very young, but i just didn't think i was smart enough to achieve it. i just wasn't very good at science in high school. believe it or not though, i absolutely love science and biology now. i took anatomy & physiology i & ii with my degree program and loved it ( got all a's yay me!) there are a few pre-req's i probably won't have to take. i'll have to check into it. the lpn program doesn't start until next september. i was just a little too late anyway, you guys are so inspirational. i am so glad i found this site.
- Sep 14, '09 by mswhitegood luck alliekat. I completed my lpn program a year ago at the age of 47 and believe it or not, I was not the oldest broad in class. the problem im having now is....i am too beastly tired to study my online BSN program. so think about it first. I suggest for you to bite the bullet and go straight to the BSN program is that's your ultimate goal. good luck in whatever you plan to do
- Sep 14, '09 by AllieKatmswhite,
thank you for your advice. actually, i keep going back and forth with whether i should do the part-time local lpn program or the rn program. if the lpn program was full-time and only like a year that would make my decision so much easier. if i do the lpn program then the rn it'll take 3 years to complete instead of 2 years. i live 1 hour from a college which would be fine but in the winters it can be very difficult. western new york is known for its brutal winters so that is my concern. i plan to contact the nursing program and see what kind of options might be available. suny actually has an online program; not for the whole nursing program but some of it and it's recognized as a traditional program, not an online course.
i was previously in college, and time management was definitely key to my success. if i had been working i know i couldn't have accomplished it. my husband was very supportive and would take our kids somewhere if i needed to finish an assignment. i totally relate to the exhaustion of being in school and being a little older and having been out of school for many years. it was definitely a major adjustment, to say the least. i am determined. i will eventually be a nurse. i just need to figure out which path i can take to get there....
good luck to you!
- Sep 14, '09 by AllieKat
[color=#556b2f]ok, so i spoke to someone in the nursing department, and i am feeling alot more reassured. she let me know what the prerequisites i would need would be and that it is entirely possible to attend college in 2010 in the fall. there are several people from my area that attend the program as well. i made an appointment to go meet with an admissions counselor and get a tour of the nursing campus next week. i would be able to complete the program in 5 semesters (2 1/2 years). she informed me i will have to re-take anatomy & physiology i & ii since the ones i took didn't include labs, but they will count towards a biology prereq. so it wasn't a total loss and i kinda had a refresher in it so i'll know what to expect from it. i am feeling very optimistic now!
- Sep 15, '09 by VegasPrincessI was 44 when I graduated from my ADN program (6 years ago now) and 48 when I got my BSN. Now I am considering an MSN. So, never too late to start a new career.
- Sep 21, '09 by marybeth2i have anothe r age question, i am 53 have a bachelor's degree from 30 yrs ago, yikes, would love to get rn bsn and become nurse practioner, live in a rural Mo area. But want to do it asap. grades weren't so hot in college, and i don't want to start all over completely, but want to get some credit for my time all those years ago, doyou think i could do an accelerated program somewhere? or am I just too old i would love to be a nurse practioner, but dont want to be a hospital nurse setting. thanks for your help
- Sep 21, '09 by peacefulRealistically it could take many years to reach NP degree. Add a couple of years to get your prereqs out of the way unless you have already microbiology, anatomy I and II, chemistry (2 semesters). Prereqs required for any BSN program acelerated or not. BSN required prior to NP program. BSN takes usually 3 years (must do clinicals in hospital setting during BSN program, can not get RN without hospital based clinicals). NP program two to three years. Soooo....a long, winding road, worth it, if you have the passion to jump the hurdles. Believe me, they make you jump so high through each hurdle. I have made it so far to BSN. I am going to be starting NP program at 52 years old. Don't let age hold you back but be sure this is what you want.
- Sep 22, '09 by valkyriai am 42, with a severe traumatic brain injury. i have 2 batchelors ( one in nursing and one in education/sociology) and a masters in human resource development and admin. i want to go back for my np now instead of my phd. i gave up being a mom after 4 cycles of infertility, 3 pregnancy nightmares that resulted. i could say, i wish i would have ...but, the time is now and i would not be the woman i am now to say that had i not had such experiences. i admire all you ladies who go after your dreams no matter what. i am following my star too.