18 y/o RN! - page 5

Last week while at work I met a very bright young woman. I noticed how young she looked and that her name badge said RN so I had to ask. She is 18 years old. She graduated at age 17 from a 2... Read More

  1. by   ChristyRN2009
    I admire her determination. I wouldn't have wanted to work in such a stressful and demanding field. I had too many social things to work out.
  2. by   invisigoth
    Quote from jill48
    I'm feeling extremely stupid right now.
    I'm glad I'm not the only one feeling that way right now.
  3. by   gt4everpn
    thats awesome.. I was a 17 year old LPN 3 years ago.. next summer I will be graduating with my RN- BSN at 21 y/o YAY!!!
  4. by   diane227
    Please don't take this the wrong way, but I do not want someone this young taking care of me. Her being so young and having so little experience just scares me.
  5. by   Dee_RN
    WOW!!!!! I thought I was young, Graduated at barely 21. Knowing this makes me feel better because I am very apprehensive of starting work, I hope that the patients/families trust me enough to care for them. I just have this crazy fear that when I walk into the patients room they will immediately turn me around. (Laughing at myself at how silly it sounds, but I still feel that way)
  6. by   One2gofst
    All you young grads, one piece of advice. I commend you on taking charge and getting everything squared away so young. You now have a tremendous opportunity in front of you. Be aware that you are making a good deal of money for someone your age.

    DON'T SPEND IT. Of course you need to live, but if you are making $50k/yr you have a tremendous opportunity in front of you. Even if you are making less, you still do. The biggest factor in wealth at retirement is how much and how early you start conributing to your retirement. If your employers have matching contibutions in your 401k or 403b, definitely maximize this. In addition I would urge you to look at putting your $5k into a Roth IRA each year. With your young age, that will be worth significant amounts when you retire and the Roth earnings will be tax-free.

    I understand it is easy to live the high life when you are young, have minimal obligations and are making good money. Have fun, but pay yourself first, right off the top.

    Just for reference, I am 29 and about to start my ABSN. I thank God every day that, when I had a good job out of school, I invested in my retirement. Even in this downturn I have a nest egg of more than my former annual salary, which I fully expect to grow when the market gets stronger. The only regret I have is that I didn't put away more, and I still lived very well.

    Congrats to all you go-getters. Keep up the great work and help yourselves in every way possible.

    BTW, I know this OP is years old, but it was bumped and my advice is worth noting to any young person making a living. It has given me the opportunity to now go back to school and do something that really excites me.