Any other "older" new nursing students out there? - page 4

Hi all! I am new to this site and I am a brand new nursing student. I am a retired NYC police officer and a single mom of 4 (2 at home, 2 on their own.) I am excited and terrified all at once!! I am... Read More

  1. by   ns3838
    I am new to this, so be nice. I am 30 something and in my first year of nursing. I worked in retail for 15 years and the store closed and I had no idea what I was going to do. I took a BIG step and decided to go back to school. It was the greatest thing I have ever done!! I have a very supportive family and I am doing better than I ever thought I would. Keep up your good work!! You can do it if you set your mind to it. I think the older ones do a lot better. We have a range of 18-50 something. You're never too old to learn!!
  2. by   blueiwahine
    Hey there! I'm new at this chat stuff, so I if I mess up on something don't give me too hard of a time. Still learning all this computer stuff. I'm 38, married, no children and almost through with my first semester of prereg. Looks like I made it through, unless I totally bomb exams. Plan on going for my BS in nursing, so should get to apply for nursing school spring 2003. Seems like ages before I get to apply. Figured it was best if I got all the basic college stuff out of the way, before I jumped into the nursing part. I know it might take a little longer this way but when I get there will be nice to deal only with nursing classes. Glad to know there are alot of others my age doing this. Any tips out there about this posting stuff? Ciao!
  3. by   bizemom2
    I am also new to this website, and am very excited to have found all of you!
    I am a 32 year-old wife and mother of two girls (4 & 6) who has gone back to school for nursing. I've had many of the same feelings that you have, but was pleasantly surprised to find that I am not the oldest at all (yes, there are some young girls, but it's very comfortable. Having young children at home sure makes it difficult to study though!
    I am beginning clinicals in Jan., and am very excited to start getting hands on..I'm just completing anatomy/physiology, and it has been hard- but now that I've already been through college once before, I know what it takes! Age gives you an advantage that is priceless.. you know what life is, and what you need to do to get where you want to be, and it's not always the easy path! (having been a police officer, you surely know this!!) What made you decide to change careers?
    Best of luck to you.. I look forward to keeping in touch with all of you "old ladies" like myself! (ha ha!)
  4. by   BRONXBABY
    Welcome to the club!!

    I am excited for you, good luck on your clinicals...How was A & P? I'll be starting that in the summer semester.

    You're absolutely correct when you say we've got the advantage on being "older" and having already experienced life. I guess that's what gave me the courage to give school another shot!

    I blew my right knee out and after 6 operations, the police dept. relaized I was a liability (I, of course, didn't see it that way) and thought better of keeping me around. Actually, I was going through my divorce at the same time and my 2 older children, who are now 23 and 18, really wanted Mom to have a regular people job.

    I always tell others that it sounds corny, but I really love the satisfaction of having helped someone. I cannot stand sitting here at a desk, pushing papers and working so hard to make someone a lot of money (not me, of course) and seeing how it has no social worth at all. I know, I sound like I'm preaching, but I don't mean it that way. I just mean that sitting here is just not for me! I've got to be there, helping someone, because it makes me feel like I did something.

    Besides, how do I keep giving my children the speech about how important going to college is if I don't accomplish that task myself? (geez, why didn't I feel like this 20 years ago??!! LOL)

    Anyway, good luck in school...By the way, what is the secret to studying with little ones around? I still have 2 little ones at home myself ( 7 and 4) and have been feverishly trying to come up with a studying schedule so that I don't miss any time with them, but I want to really hit the books this time around. Any advice is greatly appreciated!

    Have a great holiday season...again, welcome to the club!!

  5. by   rosemadder
    Hi everybody:
    I am a 40 year old, single-parent of two. I've been back in school for 2+ years. I love it!! I think noone should start school (at all)until they are at least in their 30's (when they can actually enjoy it)--unless you are one of those fortunate people who always enjoyed school.
    School is so much more fun when you actually want to learn. Knowledge is POWER!!!!!
  6. by   blueiwahine
    Hey Rose! Throughly agree with you. I'm enjoying college so much more this time, than the first time I went. It's great to actually want to learn the stuff. Hope I still feel that way 2 years down the road. I'm looking at 4/5 years of school.
  7. by   janmae1950
    Hi, brand new to this discussion board. I, too, am an older student. I just turned 51. Actually I won't start my nursing classes till Fall 2002. I have some prerequistes to finish first.

    I worked in the corporate world all my life. I cannot go back to that environment anymore. I want physical work. People complain about the low pay for nurses; however, even with all my experience in secretarial and accounting clerical work (over 25 years), I can't find a job that will pay me more than $10.00 an hour. I guess I could get a business degree, but the thought of it bores me to tears! There's a lot of "yuppie" posturing in the corporate world also - not like it used to be! I can't stand it.

    I suppose there's working politics all over - you can't escape it anymore it seems.

    But I am pleased to find this nursing website and this discussion board. I reckon I'll learn as much here as in the classroom.
  8. by   BRONXBABY

    I couldn't agree with you more! I have 18 years of accounting and secretarial experience, such as you do, and I just can't stand it any longer!

    I can't fathom one more day sitting behind this desk and having to put up with the cut throat yuppies out here! I know there are problems in every profession, but I'd like to work where I feel I am actually helping someone.

    I'm starting my pre-req's in a month and can't wait. I'm a single Mom and feel it's easier for me to preach the value of school when I've actually lived it...I can't wait to go now, I think if I had gone when I was younger (not that I had the opportunity then) I wouldn't have gotten half as excited as I am now. I really feel you should go when you want to, to learn and obtain the career you truly desire...not one that you think you're supposed to go into because your parents paid for school. (which my poor cousin had to do, or so he thought)

    I am finally at the point in my life that I want to do something that makes me happy, not just pays my bills. Yes, I know a lot of nurses out there complain about the pay...but do any of us ever really get paid what we're worth? You have 25 years of experience, and the corporate world has the nerve to offer a measly $10.00 an hour...and think that's a "comparable" pay rate? (don't you love that phrase...industry wide pay rates...I could scream!!)

    Anyway, welcome to the neighborhood!! I have learned lots of info here and have talked to some really great people.

    Hope to talk to you soon!! Have a great day!! Good luck in school!

  9. by   Katnip
    Jammae, I agree with you 100%.

    I look at all the complaints about working hours, dealing with terrible people, and think "hey, they're talking about the travel industry". I worked behind a desk for 20 years and hated it. I worked holidays. I worked nights. I worked for low pay with no recognition. I worked OT with no OT pay. I got yelled at by bosses and customers.

    My husband has a great job in management-started as an engineer. He does get paid well, but not OT for the 60-80 hour weeks he puts nor does he get compensated extra for having to bag family travel or holiday plans at the last minute. He's had to travel into war zones, deserts, jungles and other odd places. I can't count how many birthdays and anniversaries he's missed. Money does not make up for the time he was out of touch and out of communication and our three week old daughter had to go to the hospital for a week, and my boys were just little guys and we were in a new state where I knew no one. And my husband's job isn't with the military, so there was no support from there.

    No, the grass is not necessarily greener in another field. At least with nursing, you can get some real satisfaction about what you do.

    Sorry about getting on my soapbox. Once I got started, I couldn't stop.
  10. by   BRONXBABY

    I couldn't have said it better myself. I totally agree with you. The corporate world is so unforgiving and out of touch with the real world, it's a shame the demands they put on people, all for the almighty dollar...which isn't going to the real people who are doing all of the work anyway!!

    I just got word here at work that we're closing the office for Christmas and New Year's eve's...great right? Except that our payroll person forces you to take 8 hours of vacation for every day you need to take off, I mean if I needed 2 hours off, she would take 8 hours out of my vacation time, pay me for it and pay me, on top of that, for the 6 hours I did work...all because she doesn't want to deal with broken-up vacation hours.

    Well, that leaves me now with no vacation guessed it...I will not get paid for the 2 "extra" days I've just been given off!! I don't understand how companies get away with this...right before the holidays to boot!

    I have had it with dealing with families that own businesses. They give the honest, hard working person the short end of the stick.

    So see, I feel that I won't get rich monetarily from being a nurse, but my spirit will be happier...which I feel is more important these days.

    Sorry, CyberKat, I jumped on the soapbox with you...LOL

    I guess great minds think alike!!

    Have a good day, all!!

    (I feel much better now, thank you.... )
  11. by   Peeps Mcarthur
    I'm what you would call a nontraditional student.......I study.LOL

    I returned to school at 39 and found an "A" student in me screaming to get out. I never got an "A" in ANY class except for P.E. , but "sniffed" one in Music Appreciation once in highschool.

    I run a study group for my microbiology class because I have a 99% in a class that I thought would be difficult for someone with my academic record. I find that I can memorize schematical materials in A&P in a few hours of memorization at work and actually ENJOY the lab practicle!
    I'm not saying this because I want everyone to know I have a 4.0 GPA through 12 credits(but it is kind of like a cute little baby that you want everyone to see and adore) I'm saying it because, like you, I had some reservations about being the only pathetic old fart that thought he could go to school and run with the young kids............Well let me tell you that it was difficult when I first started talking about doing it. As a male trying to enter a female dominated field I got razzed from aquaintences and had to endure the smirks and giggles that come from those awkward moments. I had to put up with the fellings that I didn't belong as I took my first prerequisite and was the only student with a potbelly, but that changed when I got my first "A". I had accomplished something that I never had the guts to do before and let me tell you that these A's are VERY addictive. For me it's like being a movie star. When I go to class now everyone notices me when I walk in the room and they all say "oh there's Brad. Ask him that question, he'll know" and "Hey Brad can you look at this and tell me if it's right?" Now there's no turning back. Hell, I can't ever go back to being an average citizen again, no way. I have found my niche in the ecosystem and never want to feel non-vital again. My goal is to continue to be a leader throughout the rest of my nursing career and never look back on "follower "again.
    What I'm saying is that with your life experience that you are bringing to that situation, with reasoning skills, experience with failures and successes and the strategies that produced them, you will have no fear. What will seem monumental to thier inexperienced brains, yours will have seen it many times before and will just work out the most efficient way to achieve it.

    Although, if you have a potbelly, I would recommend that you get rid of it before the first day of class!

  12. by   BRONXBABY

    You're a doll!! I really wish you and I were going to class together!

    I think your GPA is well deserved. It's a testament to your hard does pay off!

    I had attended some college about 4 years ago, was able to obtain a few "A"'s and I agree wholeheartedly..they are addictive.

    The world could use a few thousand more people like you..good souls, hard workers, great sense of humor!!

    I am glad you've chosen the nursing profession, it will be better with you in it!!

    Thanks so much for the kind words, I truly appreciate the support!

    (yes, I am currently working on getting rid of the pot belly, so far, so, where did all these achy muscles come from? I don't remember having them in certain places that are now hurting...LOL)

    Good luck to you...stay in touch!

    Happy Holidays!


  13. by   meownsmile
    HI all,

    I am also a non-trad sudent. Im fairly new to this board too. I went to LPN school at 33 with three small kids, and it was tough trying to study between ear infections and kids sick.

    I made it and have worked as a LPN for 9 years but 3 years ago at 38 I decided that i wanted more so am now finishing my 3rd semester of the ADN program at our community college. It took me almost 3 years to get the pre-reqs and core completed so i could bridge into the program. Still have had to pull three classes this semester which has been my biggest. My kids have for the most part grown up watching mom do homework at the dining room table.

    It has been fun though, and hard work. My oldest is a senior in high school this year set to graduate in May along with his mom from nursing school. LOL Big joke around here at the beginning of the school year was who's graduation we were going to. LOL
    Of course the "young graduate" comes first.

    I guess my course as a nurse started when i was a patient myself, then I was unemployed after the photo developing plant i worked closed. I had thought about it before that but hadnt taken any action on going back to school. I think i decided then i would take advantage of the job retraining and do what i really wanted to do. Guess you could say that plant closing was the best bad thing that ever happened to me. And I wouldnt ever have to want for a job again. I have found through the LPN years that nursing is what i truely was cut out for and I love it.

    One more semester left, then ill work for a while and start working toward the BSN I hope. Who knows where this will end up one step at a time.

    Good luck everyone