How do veteran nurses react to... - page 2

...second career nurses? I am working on my pre-reqs to get into nursing school next fall, and if everything works out, I would graduate in Spring '09, at the age of 40. I was wondering how... Read More

  1. by   Asklepios
    Thanks for all the great replies and for the well wishes!!!

    I really hope I can make it. I know that if I get accepted once I complete pre-reqs and can make ends meet while going to school, it's going to be the best thing for me in many ways. And now I'm even more confident because you all seem to have the same feelings about 2nd career nursing students. Just the excitement of having a dream to pursue has made such a difference in my outlook.
  2. by   GatorRN
    Along with many others, from what I've seen in this thread, I too am a second career nurse. I went back to school at 35 to become a nurse. It was one of the best moves I've ever made. I only wish I had done it sooner.

    Some of us put together a study group while taking classes. My group had ppl ranging in age from fresh out of high school to mid 50's. It was a great mix of perspectives and we all helped each other greatly throughout the program. I still keep in touch with many of them. I'm sure you'll find that you won't be the only older student in the class.

    As others have stated, I too found that other nurses and pts did seem to put more faith in my nursing abilities because I was older. I was very well received by co-workers and pts. You'll find that other nurses, for the most part, will be very glad to have you aboard.

    Good luck in nursing school!
  3. by   DDRN4me
    i graduated from an LPN program at 20, and my AS RN program at 9..and am still going for my BSN...what i found is that the nurses and patients had more confidence in my ablility because i was older and more mature than some of the younger students. They were good for me because of thier enthusiasm and energy!! good luck you will do fine! Mary
  4. by   traumaRUs
    Doubt you'll have any problems - will be welcomed with open arms. I went into nursing in my 30's also and now at 47, have experience, both from life and nursing. Don't stop now!
  5. by   Aradien
    This was such a good thread for me to read! I am 41 this year and there have been many times when I have wondered "am I too old to do this?" (I am beginning the clinical portion 8/30/2006). But after reading this thread, the only way I would be too old is if I were dead! :chuckle

    Thanks everyone for sharing.

    Good luck, Asklepios!

  6. by   shazbo
    a good nurse is a good nurse,thats the only descriptive that means anything to me. welcome aboard!
  7. by   supernurse65
    I think GOOD FOR YOU!!!! I'm 41 have been a nurse since I was 19 (an LPN) RN at age 28. Our Class president in 1993 was 57 and was a man!! and there were 4 other men (not young) in my class also. I think that you will be very well respected. Good Luck!!
  8. by   gonzo1
    50 is the new 30. and I can prove it. Just rode a Harley for the first time yesterday.
  9. by   GratefulHeart
    BTW, Isn't 40 supposed to be the new 30? umpiron:

    Good Luck!!

    [Ahem...] 50 is the new 30. LOL.
  10. by   Kiren
    I'm starting nursing I next month at the age of 35. I expect to have my ADN in May '08 at the age of 37. This is a second career for me as well as I earned my BS sociology degree in '95. I have been through marriage, childbirth, sugery,sickness and death of close relatives & loved ones, job issues etc. It has made me a much more compassionate person and I think I'll be a better nurse b/c of my life experiences.
    I don't think anyone will treat you worse b/c you are a "non- traditional" student (maybe better). I would say at least 50% or more of the students in my pre-req's were over 25. Nursing is attracting quite a few second career students b/c of the abundance of jobs available you are not the first 40-something to enter as a new nurse.
    A funny thing I heard this morning on the Today show was that the new freshmen entering college (directly from highschool) were born in 1988 which happens to be the same year I graduated highschool!!! Boy, that made my day...
  11. by   grandma pat
    I have been a nurse for many years and was 35 when I went back to school. I found my life experience as an asset to keeping focus and surviving the program. I thought I had plenty of my life left to practice what I had to learn. Hopefully, you will be welcomed into our profession with open arms. There is a saying in most facilities, "We eat our young." That applies to nurses of all ages. I think many of us forget what it is like to be a new grad with so much knowledge and how hard it is initially to see the whole picture when assessing our patients. After 16 years of practice, I still learn something new every day. I think when I stop learning it will be time to leave the field. Maybe you will be one of those that I will encounter that will teach me one day. Always remember that no matter how inadequate you may feel, you have something to give. If a "veteran" forgets their manners and makes you feel unwelcome or inadequate just kindly remind them that they have something you are seeking or you wouldn't be asking the questions. Try to get into a preceptor/internship program for whatever specialty you choose and that will help with you transistion from school to the working enviroment. Best of luck to you. umpiron:
  12. by   firstyearstudent
    As a student who is actually past 40, one of the issues I've had to deal with is the opposite -- taking advice and instruction from RNs during clinical who are literally young enough to be my daughter. It's been a humbling experience.
  13. by   MT RN
    Nursing is also a second career for me. I retired after 23 years as a Police Officer, my wife and I moved to Florida, and I started nursing school at age 49. At my age and being a male, I was a bit apprehensive before starting school, I figured I'd be both the oldest and perhaps the only male in my class. As it turned out, neither was true.

    There were several students both my age and older, and during a couple of semesters the males actually outnumbered the females in my clinical group. The only time it was a problem was for the OB/GYN rotation, the floor nurses didn't quite know what to do with all the guys in the group!

    Anyway, it all turned out fine for me, it so happens that the floor I work on has several male nurses as well. Some nights, we're actually a majority! :chuckle