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 vegetable that would never... Read More

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    Thanks you kgregg for your kind comments. You will do fine! Just organize yourself and stick to your schedule. there are days I would rather just go to bed early or watch tv but I dont.

    You know what you need to do!!!

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    Wonderful story jenasn2009! I totally agree with the "mom" experience coming in handy! I tell the younger people in my class that if I can do this at my age then they can...(fill in the blank).

    I can honestly say on clinicals I get many second looks when I introduce myself to my nurse from the staff. I have gotten a few strange comments but overall it has been an excellent experience. My multitasking skills have served me well.

    Your kids will remember what mom did and set their goals accordingly. But I have to say, even if I make my bed and clean my room, my kids do not! LOL.
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    This might encourage all of you to pursue your dream. I realized my dream of becoming an RN at age 60. That was 2 1/2 years ago. I earned my ADN and I am now 7 weeks from completing my BSN, and exploring options for my MSN. I work in a critical care step-down unit and hope to continue working in the nursing profession until I'm 70. Don't give up - don't ever think it's too late - it's not!!
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    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.
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    Wonderful, heartwarming story, and if you realize it or not, I believe your brother Danny led you to your nursing career.
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    I believe that it did open my eyes to a different path!
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    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.
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    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!!!!
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    What an inspiring story! It really is never too late to find your dreamjob!
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    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.

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