A nursing student at 48. My journey could be yours... - page 7

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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    Quote from 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
    Alvin, I am curious as to where you live? Thanks.

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    UPDATE: August 2013 - I graduated from Nursing School with Honors in May of 2013. I had taken a job as an Aide at a local hospital oncology unit in January, working one or two days a week during my last semester of nursing school. I was offered a full time position as a Graduate nurse there upon graduation. I took the NCLEX the first of August. It shut off at 76 questions and after a mind blowing 52 hour wait, I found out I had passed. My goal was complete. I am an RN.
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    Congrats! What an inspirational journey!
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    Quote from 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.
    I chose Nursing Education for my second Masters degree. I love nursing, and I realized that I have been a "teacher" since elementary school. I am also an "older" student - I was 46 when I graduated RN school.
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    And to the OP: your story is truly inspirational. My brother "dropped" back into my life about 2 years ago. He has serious mental health issues. I was 46 when I graduated my Associate's program. I got my BSN at 51, and will have my MSN in a few months. I already have plans for going on to a DNP.

    Congratulations on passing your NCLEX! I'm a living witness myself about refusing to allow anyone or anything prevent me from pursuing my dreams. Been there, done that, not going back again!
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    So glad I came across this thread! What a touching story, thanks for sharing!!
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    I would like to add my thanks to the OP for this wonderful post. I am 48 and have just applied to the ABSN program in my town after completing all of my pre-reqs at the local CC. There is a lot of valuable information on this site, but there is also a lot of discouraging posting. I have been driving myself insane worrying about my age, can I keep up, is nursing as awful as all these people say? Will I be able to get and keep a job? Will people look at me like I am a joke? I am usually a very confident person, but when you read these things over and over again, it kind of gets to you!

    Anyway, like I said, I am 48 and if I get accepted, I will be almost 51 when I graduate. I consider this my third life. I had a career in Human Resources after receiving a Masters in Psychology, and I worked my way up the executive chain over 15 years. I "retired" to be at home more with my school aged children, went to dog grooming school and opened my own successful mobile grooming business which I operated for 8 years. But even since the early 90's, I had thoughts of pursuing nursing. It just wasn't possible due to the location of schools and the time constraints of working and having kids. Now I am an empty nester, living in a town blessed with a great CC and a University. I took my 30 hours of Pre-requisites over the past 12 months, just took the TEAS and put in my application. Hope to hear by the end of October if I get in or not. Thanks for this post.
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    I sit here after a 12 hour shift that went over - way over 12 hours today. First of three straight 12 hour daylight shifts.
    I am EX-HAUSTED. It was physically and mentally exhausting. But at the end of the day - I still love it. There are days I think "what have I done... " but only for a bit. The other nurses on my floor remind me daily that even the best of the best nurses have days they feel they are behind the eight ball. I am blessed to work with a great group of people. I am happy I did this.
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    Wow, I would LOVE to talk with you! I have been a nanny for nearly 7 years, and want to become a postpartum nurse. My boyfriend went back to school - first bachelors degree at 50! Now he's 5 classes away from his masters degree! He's been the inspiration for me to return to school. I'm 47, and will begin taking my prerequisites in the spring. Part of the reason I was so reluctant to go back to school was the money - I've been divorced for a few years, and money is super tight. But the community college in my area has a program for displaced homemakers (I was a stay at home mom for 15 years), so that should help. I'm nervous but so excited! And much more driven and determined this time around, than when I went to college right after high school! Thanks for your story!!
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    What a great accomplishment! To be honest, I finished my RN program almost 2 years ago and with me being 24 I was the second youngest in the class. The majority of the members in my class were in their 40's and 50's. We even had a lady in her early 60's! We had 76 people in our class I tell you, YOU CAN DO THIS!!!! If you put your mind to it you can do it! Do not feel like you will be out of place because you definitely will not! I learned so much from the ladies and men in their 40's and 50's. Their work ethic and school ethic was amazing! Even now as a DON I can see the major difference in the work ethic from the young employees and the middle age employees! Its very exciting that some of you are going back to school and some have finished school! You will love nursing and it is really a profession that I love please let me know if there is any way I can help you. For those of you starting nursing school, check into getting the RN Exam Cram book. It breaks everything up for you that you learn in school and I actually learned more from that book than I did in school Good luck and I know you all will do awesome
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