A nursing student at 48. My journey could be yours... - page 3

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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    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!

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    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!
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    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!
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    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
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    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.
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    Thanks so much Dave. Have you looked into getting a DDN certification? Developmental Disability Nursing I think it is.
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    Just to join in, I graduated at 52. I in part got interested by being the care provider for my sister as she fought breast cancer. The only funny thing about being an older graduate is how often people assume I've been a nurse for a while because of my age....it sometimes hard to confess "no not even a year yet". While I still may be "wet behind the ears" in terms of nursing knowledge and skills I do find that my people skills are probably sharper than some might expect, and is a big advantage.
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    Your story is an inspiring one!!!!! Much success to you, you will be an asset to the nursing profession!!!
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    You have also inspired me. I'm in my CNA training right now, at age 49. I am also a breast cancer survivor. Nothing will make me give up on this. I am planning to start my prerequisites this fall. Thanks so much for sharing your story!!
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    Awesome! Whenever I hear my friends say that they'd be 40something or 50something after going back to school, I ask them, "Well, how old do you plan on being in 4 years if you didn't go back to school?"
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