uggh..how to shut the little voice up in my head

  1. ok...i'm not crazy...i swear it

    I plan on starting my pre-reqs in the fall to start the long road towards my ADN

    I eventually plan to end up as a WHNP/CNM

    but...there is this negative little voice in my head that is asking me...

    "what the heck are you thinking..."

    i feel waaaaay told old to start this journey...

    and i know there are wonderful people who are older then I doing all this...

    ...but still....the voice is there......nagging at me.... doubting me.....

    worst case senerio... i'll be 37 when all is said and done.....

    which isn't old.......but still..... aren't most people well into their careers by 37...not just starting out...

    i guess this post is more of a ramble then a question.... sorry
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  3. by   jhenderson7593
    I am 36 and just get into a bachelors program. Nursing is a career were age is not going to work against you. Most nurses after 5 years of working are making 70,000 plus if they are willing to work overtime. You will have a job the minute you leave school
  4. by   Calibean
    I graduated with my BSN at 35. I hope to get my masters by 42 (hopefully earlier). It is never to late to start a new career, especially if it is the one that you were truly meant to do. Good luck, don't listen to that litle voice. The average age of student's in my nursing class was between 30 and 35. Good luck!
  5. by   ozoneranger
    "uggh..how to shut the little voice up in my head.."


    Oreo's.
  6. by   LolaBunnie
    Quote from ozoneranger
    "uggh..how to shut the little voice up in my head.."


    Oreo's.

    mmmm oreos do sound good..........
  7. by   PSchmidt68
    I can definately relate, I am 41, mother to 3, (16,14 and 6) and foster mom to a five-month old, and a non-practicing Medical Assistant who has been on Maternity leave for six years!!!! I have been putting off nursing school for 6 years. All I have ever wanted to be is a nurse. I can concoct so many reasons why I shouldn't do this; I am too old and how at this age will I be able to handle the class load, reading, clinicals, tuition, etc. in addition to my responsibilities at home? My husband seems to believe that I can do it, so I figure that as long as I have his support then what do I have to lose? Nothing. I am studying for the NET test and plan to take that next week. If all goes well then I will wait for the acceptance/denial letter and go from there. Until then, one day at a time, one step at a time... and a whole lot of praying.

    BTW the nursing school that I interviewed has a 63 year old female nursing student in their class!
  8. by   Annisme
    I remember being 37, it was a good time in my life. I am 51 and will be graduating in 49 days with my BSN. 37 sounds like a good place to be, and with your husband's support, you can do it!
  9. by   MissRn09
    Just a little FYI: The "older" students do exceptionally well. Think it has to do with maturity, better time management, and drive to finish...Go for it!!! I don't like the "elders" in my class...They pretty much are all A/B students :-}
  10. by   Annisme
    Quote from MissRn09
    Just a little FYI: The "older" students do exceptionally well. Think it has to do with maturity, better time management, and drive to finish...Go for it!!! I don't like the "elders" in my class...They pretty much are all A/B students :-}
    Ah, yes. I have heard this before. We are A/B students because we have time to study. We already have the life experience you are gaining now, because we've already lived that part of life! It's your turn, go live life to the fullest! Then, one day, you'll pass on your "wisdom and life experience" to the young'uns.
  11. by   GennyinMaryland
    I started nursing school (community college program) at age 43, with a 10 year old daughter, and did just fine. Got all As except for one B. I never felt in any way disadvantaged because I was among the oldest in my class. Now I am 52, and heading towards a MSN.

    No matter what we do, we can't stop time, we are all getting older. Would you rather be 50 or 55, with a nursing career, or without it?

    Go to nursing school and have the career of your choice! We both have many productive years ahead!
  12. by   student00
    I'm 52 and in my first year. I have an advantage because of my age. My life experiences have taught me critical thinking and better judgement skills. I've been well into more than one career, including stay at home mom, and an executive in sales for a fortune 1000 company.
  13. by   RNKat23
    I'm just finishing up an ADN program just shy of turning 38. You can do it! :-) It's been one of the best things I've ever done. I've loved nursing school, and can't wait to hit the ground running when I graduate!
  14. by   RNCEN
    I am 34 and am also taking the few pre-reqs I need to start nursing school. I certainly hope I'm not too old!

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