Any other "older" new nursing students out there? - page 7

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   Mr. L
    What great post!!!...............

    I'm a 50y/o Male that will be starting the BSN program after I turn 51!........

    I retired after 30 years in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman.....

    I have a B.S. degree but not in nursing so there are some pre-reqs that I have to take even before starting the BSN program..

    I want to eventually get my MSN......Old.....Old...I think NOT!!!!

    When you reach 50 then you really start livi'n!!!!

    Good luck to all you young'ins :chuckle

    Mr. L
  2. by   amblessing
    I'm 39 and I didn't feel like an "oldster" until one of the youngsters in my clinical group told me that HER MOM was 38 :chuckle That's okay - with age comes experience, right???
  3. by   RainbowSkye
    I'm 49 and have been a nurse since 1974. I started my diploma program two weeks after I turned 18, started working on my bsn at age 36 (graduated at 39) and will (hopefully) finish the np program I just started when I'm 53ish. And I really think I'm a much better student now than when I was 18. So I think anyone who wants to be a nurse should go for it no matter how old they may be. Good luck!
  4. by   Satori
    I had my 31st birthday yesterday. Do I count as an older student? My boyfriend (term I'll use for lack of a better description) is the son of an RN who didn't get her degree until she was about 37. He reminds me of that every time I grumble about the age thing...
    Last edit by Satori on Dec 15, '02
  5. by   jdomep
    I can't figure out if I answered this so I am doing it again...

    I am a 37 year old first semester student with 4 little boys (6,5,4,2) a great husband and I am kicking b**t this time around in school 4.0 (for now anyway). I have a BS from 15+ years ago (most of which transfered over - thank goodness) I worked as a computer programer until 1995 when I had my first son - had my last boy in 2000 then decided I wanted to go into nursing last year.

    Our class is an evening program and the youngest in the class is 24 and the oldest is 50 (something) so I am average age in our class. We all learn so much from each other...
  6. by   LauraLou
    I am 34, married with no kids, but three dogs! I am taking my prereq's and hope to start the ADN program next fall.

    I have a BA in another field, but that was 12 years ago. It took me a little while to get back into the swing of things. I realized how much things have changed when I had to figure out how to footnote a website. There was no Internet the last time I wrote a term paper!

    I am actually doing much better in school this time around. I am spending more time studying, rather than cruising the bar scene with my sorority sisters! I also have more self-confidence and handle stress better than I did at 18.

    I am glad to see that there are so many other "older" students.
  7. by   Danielle4
    I am 25, but I am the oldest person at my school just about everyone I know is ages 18-21. I know I am not old, but I feel old as I am the only one married and live on my own, etc.

    I too just quit working full time (Still working part-time and attending school). I have had to save up for college so it has taken me quite awhile to do that. I am really excited about starting school. I am finding there are some really nice people and others that I guess I don't mix with very well. The younger girls are very clique oriented and I am not used to that. They do not want intruders to interfere so I pretty much stay on the sidelines of those girls and talk to the onces that are more friendly. I find out some of the younger people just treat older people funny. I am not quite sure how to explain it. I know I am not that old so I am wondering how all of the people older than I are treated. It is frustrating! One of the girls in one of my classes has a son my age, but she is the only one I know that is older than me here in this school. I attend a smaller university so it may be just the mix of people here and the fact that it is a small school. Nursing schools are hard to come by here as I know some of the ones here are on probation and the one I attend is supposed to be very good. I am taking a cadaver disection class this summer at the school and I am very excited about that.

    I am glad to hear there are others out there that are not 18!
    I was beginning to get alittle depressed. I agree with that I am doing better I also think I appreciate school much more.
    I also have more "experience" than these girls as they are right out of highschool so I guess I am try and take pride in that.

  8. by   Dublin37
    :chuckle You know Student Nurses Over Thirty-ish! hee hee. My name's Heather and I will be 41 in January. This is a second (or 10th if I count all my past careers) career for me. I was an 8th grade history teacher before I had kids. I have never studied so hard in my life! in this Anat. Phys class. I'm regularly failing the exams in Physiology, but doing great in everything else. I've got 2 kids, 10 and 7 yrs old and a husband who is still quite surprized that I'm going into nursing.:roll I am loving school this time around and have made a lot of friends with the yungins' (young ones ). I was hoping to apply for the program (RN) for the fall, but I just might be taking A & P again! Oh well, I'm gonna get older anyway, might as well be doing something I love as I get there! Heather
    Last edit by Dublin37 on Oct 30, '02
  9. by   Danielle4
    Dublin37 I like your attitude. You are going to get old anyway might as well do what you love to do. I will have to remember that.
  10. by   BellaTerra2002
    I'm going to be 54 this month. Won't finish my pre-reqs for another 2-3 years. I'll be 59-61 when I graduate from nursing school. And I don't care how old I am. I'm just going to do it!
  11. by   lostinthedesert
    I am going on 52 and just finished my first ADN semester. When I started, I was very scared because I didn't know what to expect and everyone in my class was so much younger. Everyone was very accepting and I made some good friends. The semester passed much faster than I thought it would, and now I know for sure that I can do anything I put my mind to.
  12. by   Loubell RN 2B
    I just turned 33 and am going back to school for a second career. I have been a stay-at-home mom of three children and loads of furry ones though for the past 4 years and am looking forward to concentrating on myself. I start pre-reqs in the spring..


  13. by   camkib
    Hello All,

    I am 31 years old and will start my 4th semester of (waiting to get accepted into nursing) classes in January. I will be 33 when I graduate with my ADN(if all goes as planned), but then plan on going straight for my BSN and then masters.... I might be somewhere around 40 when I'm done.