Survey: How old were you when you entered the nursing profession? - page 6 Please feel free to post any comments that you have right here in this discussion thread by clicking the "Post Reply" button.... Read More

  1. by   NRSKarenRN
    1977- LPN @22
    1982 - BSN,RN @27
    2004- MSN, FNP hopefully... never too late to learn new skills!
  2. by   lever5
    I was 37 when I graduated with my ADN and 48 when I recieved my BSN, I will break the 50 mark reaching for the MSN. Education keeps me involved in active learning. improves my attitued and stops that burned out feeling. No age limit, learn for the joy of learning.
  3. by   babsRN
    I graduated from an AD program in 1976 at the ripe old age of 19. Have been in nursing ever since. After more than 20 years in the ICU, got an undergraduate degree, but in Biology, not nursing. Had this brilliant idea to somehow combine the healthcare background with the coming biotech revolution. Was hoping to go on to grad school and get a dual MBA and MSBiology to further my probabilites in this field. Ended up with a Masters in Public Affairs this year. I've since found out that most of the opportunities in my dream field are going to PharmD's. Research will be my "pre-retirement" job, if I can find someone to hire me. In the meantime, I'll probably get back into school for an MBA or an NP soon as I figure out what I want to be when I grow up. If I had my way though, I'd end my career the way I started the bedside somehow, where the true reward is.
    By the mother was a nurse as well...graduated and entered the field at the age of 52...this may not be unusual in today's world...but this was in 1968!
    Peace to all, and I pray everyone's families are safe tonight.
  4. by   monkijr
    I was 28, when I started. My classmates ranged from 18-54, 50% of the class over 40 and 4 males in a class of 23.

    Is that normal? Those were the days. Wonder where they all are?
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I was 34, after having served 10 years in the USAF, stayed at home w/my ds fulltime and found time to go back to school around dh's schedule. I have no regrets.
  6. by   Dazedgiggle
    I was 20 when I became a CNA, and didn't start nursing school until I was 25. In March of 1999 I had full-filled enough requirements in my 2 year RN program to sit for the LPN boards in New Hampshire and passed, then graduated that same year and waited until September to sit for my RN boards and passed those. Still loving it!!
  7. by   NurseDianne
    I was 28 when I started LPN school, now at 39 am bridging into the RN program
  8. by   renerian
    I missed this poll....................I was 28.......

  9. by   MHN
    I started my hospital training 22nd June 1970 at the ripe old age of 17yrs 6mths and completed that august 1973 and have been at it ever since doing two other hospital post -grad certificates midwifery and Geriactric nursing now have completed post grad diploma in Community mental health nursing and am part way towards a masters in clinical nursing /major of mental health.MHN
  10. by   adrienurse
    I was 21 (after a 4 year degree!). Yeah I know, just a baby.
  11. by   Pamelita
    HI I was 19 when I started nursing school, my whole first year I could not buy a beer but I was taking care of patients and giving them meds!! I graduated when I was 21 and I was the youngest of my class. I believe its a little hard to graduate when you are young nowadays, all my classamates where above 25 and I felt like the baby, still at work I am the youngest RN in the hospital, its cool though I am very proud of myself, I am working towards my masters and hopefully I'll be a ARNP by the time I am 25
  12. by   dolphinscry
    i was 18 when i became a nursing assistant. and i will be 28 when i become an lpn in march 2003.
  13. by   night owl
    I became an NA at the young age of 19, and an LPN at 22.