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  1. by   oldgirl
    Graduated at 49 from an ADN program. Lots of over 40 folks in the Nursing classes at this school. Heard of one woman who graduated about 10 years before me who was 62!! She was still working, doing private duty. If you want to do it, do it!!
  2. by   GPatty
    At 39, I graduated LPN schooling. Will finish ASN at 41, and BSN, whenever I decide to go back....
  3. by   ?burntout
    I was 20 yrs old when I graduated with my ADN.
    I started working a couple of months after and never looked back!

    I turned 21 4 months after graduation, then got married 2 months later!!!


    It made an INTERESTING year!!!
  4. by   Mattigan
    Started out as Nurse Aide in 1975 and became RN in 1983. So 27 or 19 years - depending on where you are on that thread about should they call themselves nurses.

    I was in the Future Nurses' Club during HS, also. On yearbook picture day we all had to wear these stupid white, paper hats.That was embarrassing.
  5. by   Mattigan
    Sorry- How OLD. 21 or 29. Again, depends on where you are on the above mentioned thread.
  6. by   Momto3RN
    I started nursing school at age 27, ten days after getting married.

    In junior high, when asked by a teacher what I wanted to be when I grew up, I told her 'A NURSE!!",she just laughed and said all little girls wanted to be nurses.

    Well, here I am , an RN at age 31 and loving every minute. It took ten years due to several setbacks but it's been worth it!!

    However, I sure wish I had been a CNA prior to working as an RN. It sure would have made my life a LOT easier!! It's not easy supervising CNAs and not having been one!!
  7. by   mamabear
    I graduated from an ADN program at 36. I got my first real nursing job at 40. Got fired from that at 46.
    I spent the next 9 years perfecting my drug addiction.
    Got clean at 52 (still clean, by the way), went back to college, got a bachelor's in behavioral science. Graduated at 55
    I've had my current job since graduating college.
  8. by   flowerchild
    I was 26 and so young and bold. Looking back over more than a decade, I'd do it all again! Hubby's now threatening an over the hill birthday party for me next year. LOL. I plan on nursing for the next 25 years and then retire. He can wait to throw that party when I'm at least 70! If I make it, I will have been a nurse for 40 years when I hang my cap. Hope I make it!
  9. by   nursemel86
    I graduated with my PN 10 days before my 40th birthday. I am now 42 and will sit for the NCLEX-RN next month. I plan on continuing my education to hopefully become a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. I will probably fall into the same category as my patients by the time that I am finished!!! haha It took all my life for me to decide that I love to learn, so I'm just going to keep on going until I can't go anymore.
  10. by   mdecastronp
    graduated from BSN at 19 1/2 and graduated at 29 for my master's. two years later i went back to get certification in legal nursing. another 10 years later, now back in school trying to finish JD program and hopefully graduate and BAR eligible in 2014.
  11. by   Not_A_Hat_Person
    I got my ADN at 31, and my found my first job 10 months later, at 32.
  12. by   biblepoet
    I got my ADN and started as RN at 41. This was my very early midlife crisis ,lol.
  13. by   vegas2009
    Hey biblepoet,

    Is midlife crisis really for REAL?? Honestly? I think I'll graduate at the age of 50 for my BSN, MSN and PhD (by this time, a PhD is a requirement, if one desires to stay middle class) --- Yup, 50! Lol. Then, I figured I'll do another 20+ more years to go, to put into the nursing profession. Yay? By the time I retire, the retirement age will be around 67 or 70? Eeeww.