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A nursing student at 48. My journey could be yours...

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sewnmom has 4 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN, APRN, NP and specializes in oncology/hematology, med-surg, FNP.

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This is my story and what brought me to this point in my life. While our stories are all unique, maybe you are thinking of a similiar journey. I am so happy I made the LEAP into nursing. Maybe it is right for you too - but you won't know unless you try! You are reading page 3 of A nursing student at 48. My journey could be yours.... If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

FranEMTnurse has 22 years experience as a CNA, LPN, EMT-I and specializes in LTC, CPR instructor, First aid instructor..

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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!

Awesome!!! I'm glad you made it over the hump dear. I was 55 when I graduated.

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sewnmom has 4 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN, APRN, NP and specializes in oncology/hematology, med-surg, FNP.

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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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pkizerrn11 has 8 years experience.

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Your story is an inspiring one!!!!! Much success to you, you will be an asset to the nursing profession!!!:w00t:

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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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Reno1978 has 6 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in SRNA.

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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?" :bugeyes:

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sewnmom has 4 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN, APRN, NP and specializes in oncology/hematology, med-surg, FNP.

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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!!

Good luck to you pkizerrn11! You can do it! Kudos for you and your journey to here -the rest is easy now.

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Thank you so much for inspiring me to move forward with my nursing career!!!! I cant tell you what an inspiration this article was for me. I started nursing school at the age of 50. I am now 53 and I did graduate last Dec. 2011. It is now 6 months later and I still have not taken the NCLEX exam! Fear of failure has overtaken me and Ive been stalled out. Reading about everyone's experience has been a tremendous encouragement for me. Ive always been a bit of a worry wort, I just need reminding every now and then that it can be done! I cant remember which member has this signature line on her posts, but it has been very encouraging to me as well. Here it is: "If God brings you to it.... He will bring you through it". I LOVE that!! Ive been through the nursing school "hell" so its time to start anew with a fresh new career! Thank you!

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sewnmom has 4 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN, APRN, NP and specializes in oncology/hematology, med-surg, FNP.

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Thank you so much for inspiring me to move forward with my nursing career!!!! I cant tell you what an inspiration this article was for me. I started nursing school at the age of 50. I am now 53 and I did graduate last Dec. 2011. It is now 6 months later and I still have not taken the NCLEX exam! Fear of failure has overtaken me and Ive been stalled out. Reading about everyone's experience has been a tremendous encouragement for me. Ive always been a bit of a worry wort, I just need reminding every now and then that it can be done! I cant remember which member has this signature line on her posts, but it has been very encouraging to me as well. Here it is: "If God brings you to it.... He will bring you through it". I LOVE that!! Ive been through the nursing school "hell" so its time to start anew with a fresh new career! Thank you!

Oh please take the NCLEX!!!! We all know how hard you worked to get through the program. Now it is time. Do it! Get out those review books and prepare. Good luck! Please keep us posted.

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mmc51264 has 7 years experience as a ADN, BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in orthopedic; Informatics, diabetes.

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Just graduated with my ADN 2 days before my 48th b-day. Lost my job as teacher. Age is only a state of mind (most days LOL). I start my job 6/18-providing i pass NCLEX 6/11. We can all do this!!! whether we are 18, 28, 38, 48 or 58!!!!!!!!!

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FranEMTnurse has 22 years experience as a CNA, LPN, EMT-I and specializes in LTC, CPR instructor, First aid instructor..

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Yes do study for your NCLEX. When you receive your nursing license, you will be overjoyed!. Although I am no longer able to work in nursing, my license is proudly displayed on my wall. :loveya: That's how much I love nursing. I believe you will love it just as much once you pass your NCLEX.

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Thank you, THANK YOU for your story! I'm 51 and I've just been accepted to an associate degree nursing program two hours from where I live. I'm scared nearly to death over the thought of quitting my job, renting out my current home, and moving to a new city to start school. Your story and the comments left by others close to my age have reassured me that I'm doing the right thing by taking on such a risk.

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