Any other "older" new nursing students out there? - page 5

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   janmae1950
    Thank you all for your kind and inspiring replies. I can see that this forum will help me keep the courage to pursue my goal of being a registered nurse!

    RE: the pot belly - I figure once I'm working as a nurse, it'll disappear considering what all I hear about how physical the job is!
  2. by   Love-A-Nurse
    To all the new comers, welcome!

    (ASN-RN Student)
    (as of Jan. 7, 2002)
  3. by   meownsmile
    Dont get your hopes up. Physical yes. However nurses also have some of the best munchies stashed that you can find, the ones that bake and cook love to test new recipes on their co-workers. Usually cookies and cakes etc.(easily transported). Especially on night shifts. Nursing hasnt done a thing for my figure.
    And OMG!! Christmas, all the candy and junk you can think of.
    Ya gotta make the willpower work overtime.
  4. by   Mkue
    ME too... non-traditional here.

    I started taking courses at age 40, now 42, my oldest son 19 is a freshman in college, two other boys 12, and 13.

    I'm at a college that has a lot of non-traditional students and I think that for some people we make much better students at our age.

    I'm a 3rd generation college student to go back after age 35. My mother and her mother both received teaching degrees after age 35, must be something in the genes !

    There is SO much I don't know and love learning.

    Don't let anyone tell you it's a midlife crisis, most of us have been wanting to go back to school for many years and some have just been waiting for the right time. Is there ever a right time.

  5. by   KatWright
    My mom got her BS at age 50 and her Masters at age 60
    I'll get my Masters at age 50 (and don't tell anyone but I even think about going for my PhD, what the heck it's only 2 more years :-))

    When I graduate in 2003, My family will have had 3 generations graduate from GMU !!! (mom, me & my daughter) AND it has only been around for 30 years !!! (It used to be an extension of UVA.)

    I'm trying to get my daughter to get her Masters soon, beacuse THEN we would have 3 generations have their Masters from GMU!!!

    I love school !!! (and this is from someone who went to summerschool every year from 4th grade through high school )

    Good luck to all of you !!
  6. by   BRONXBABY

    Thanks for the inspiration! What fabulous achievements you ladies have accomplished!

    Fantastic! See what perseverance does?

    That is wonderful! By the way, I believe you SHOULD go for your PhD, finish it off..You've come so far, go all the way!

    Thanks for the encouragement!

    Happy Holidays!

  7. by   mia
    HEY ! I just read your post and I had to reply. I guess I am considered an "older" student. I am 32 and will be graduating with a BSN in one week. First I want to tell you that there are quite a few "non-traditional students" graduating with me. However, what I most want to comment on is the fact that you are retired from "the job". I was a NYC police officer (Housing for 4 years, PD for 1.....result of merge). I can not tell you how much your past experience will help you in nursing school. In certain respects, you will have so much knowledge you can share with fellow students. For instance, I learned very early in my police career that my job was not to judge people but to help and do my best to get a job done. This helps when your dealing with patients that are non-compliant. I also think you will find that you have mastered the art of being empathetic.....being able to convey a caring attitude, listen and be effective in helping people without being drawn in and overwhelmed by the disparity of a situation. Empathy is a key component to providing the highest quality patient care. Be aware in psych though, and remember while you are doing your psych rotation that you are not a cop anymore. Theraputic communication does not include the phrase "just the facts ma'am" (actually this will apply to all your patient contacts not just psych)! It involves helping clients identify thoughts and explore feelings about what is presently going on. This may feel stange at first but you will get used to it. Anyway, I am proud of you for taking the leap so that you can be a role model for your children. I think you will find that there are many similarities between being a cop and a nurse ( including the fact that nurses have their own jargon too!!). I am sure you will be satisfied with your new career choice. Good luck to you and remember, when things get challenging at school say to yourself "I CAN'T MEANS I WON'T" (does that ring a bell?)

    Please feel free to contact me if I can help you in any way!

  8. by   Danielle4
    I am 24 and you probably think that is young, but most of my friends are 35. Come to think of it I only know 1 person younger than me at age 22.

    It really does not matter your age. The older you are probably the easier it is to become a better nurse.

    Plus if you have had kids you probably have an edge over the rest of us.

    I also have a friend in my anatomy class who is 39 and he is doing the best in the class he is going into the D.O. program at midwestern. So it is never too late to dream and do it!

    Best of luck to you!!
  9. by   Mkue

    Thanks Danielle for the encouraging words, when times get tough, and that goes for everyone, it's nice to know that we are all rooting for each other !!

    Have a Blessed Holiday !

  10. by   BRONXBABY
    Thanks for your kind words Danielle!!

    I guess, at first, I was really nervous about my ability to get back to school and do well, seeing it's been years since going to school.

    Now, I cannot wait! I guess, due to all of the encouragement from everyone here, I am learning that my age will be an asset, not something to worry about. It's also the realization that I am getting older, which I was hoping wouldn't happen to me, but, alas, it has!! LOL

    I want to work at being the best nurse I can be...I can't wait!

    Thanks, again, for the encouragement! I'll talk to you soon, have a great holiday season.

  11. by   TruthSeeker
    I'm 38. Will be going into Level 4 of the ADN program, spring 2002 to finish up.

    Even though it has been hard for me and having so many obstacles to overcome. I truly have enjoyed every minute of it. I have learned so much.

    I can look back when I first started, and let me just say, I have come along ways and still got a few more steps to go. But I will make it and so will you.

    You can do it and will do it, if that is your hearts desires. Just believe in yourself and do not let anything or anyone stop you from achieving this goal.

  12. by   bewbew
    My group are generally all 'older'..........actually the school leavers are the minority!

    I am a married, 38 year old mum of 2 young girls.......and I am finding it easier than any study I had previously attempted, but still struggle.......

  13. by   Mkue
    I'm glad this thread was bumped up! I'ts nice to know there are other "older" non-traditional students around !