Student nurse wants someone to chat with - page 2

Hi to all you nurses 2b. I am a 40 yr.old LPN student with two kids left at home. It has been an adventure going back to school and I have no time for a "life" so please come on this journey with me... Read More

  1. by   Nancy1
    Hi Bamboo,
    I have to agree with the comment that as an older student I knew what I wanted. Not like when I was younger.
    I spent 10 years as a CNA before I got my RN, I knew what I was getting into and I felt that I could handle it, and I am. It took me 4.5 years to get a BSN. I was 44 when I completed it. But I love what I do, most days. I admit there are times that I think why did I do this, when one of my resident's will give me a smile, then I know what I am here for.
    If you have doubts about nursing, maybe you need to take a break, or look for a different specialty area.
    Good Luck, NA
  2. by   val.c
    Hey! to all of you who have responded to my note. I enjoy reading the comments and hope to someday get back to all of you via e-mail. School is a huge challenge but doable. I study so hard just to do my best, have no life now! We start clinicals in April so here goes! Talk to ya soon. Val.c
  3. by   lcsclpn
    Hello all you student nurses--I'm new to this computer technolog and the nursing net and have so enjoyed reading the various nursing posts--seeing some older nursing students gives me hope--I am 41, though not a nursing student, but have given some thought to returning to it since the company I work for reimburses for continued education--I am an LPN but also have a BS in Psychology (obtained almost 20 years ago!)so the prerequisites would not be too much of a problem--but I was in the Regents program for the RN--anyone heard of it--then life got in the way. I currently work for a dialysis company and it reimburses up to $3000 a year for education appropriate to the work--the student pays for and takes the course,passes it,then gets the reimbursement. A couple of older LPNs I work with are doing it that way--it's very much of an independent study with the clinical exam taken in various states (CA is nearest to me)over a 2 and 1/2 day period.
    I'm not nealy ready for that--I started Regents 5 years ago--promised myself I would be an RN by the time I was 40 yrs old, but many factors have caused me to put it on the back burner. I applaud all of you who are my age and older who are returning to school--I'd love to be a part of your discussions on this post or by email! Write me at Good Luck to you all!!!
  4. by   jimbob
    hey y'all
    well - so many interesting and interested students! great to see
    i'm an older student too - at 42, currently studying in new zealand (although, Mark if u read this, i'm english by birth a long time ago!!!). did my psych in the mid-80's then worked with problem kids for almost a decade.
    now returning to nursing since it became a degree (Bachelor of Health Science) in my absence. love to correspond with any one interested email me at
    love to chat about any nurse related issues (or anything else for that matter)
    just doing a night duty specialing a psych patient and in the morning i have a medical/surgical exam - now wishing i'd taken the night off!! never ind - these things are sent to try us older brains, eh??
    have fun y'all :-)
    maybe hear from u soon
  5. by   Caseyrnbsn
    Originally posted by val.c:
    Hi to all you nurses 2b. I am a 40 yr.old LPN student with two kids left at home. It has been an adventure going back to school and I have no time for a "life" so please come on this journey with me and let us keep one another sane!*S* Val

    Hi I'm a Nurse continuing my Degree I hope. I recently applied to finish my Master's Degree on line at Graceland College. Good luck on your chosen profession. The education never stops. But remember there are truly great rewards in what you do. Enjoy being a student it truly is the best time for you. You touch patients in special ways. Thanks for choosing this profession .
    From one RN TO another.

  6. by   NurseRachet
    Hi all you soon to be nurses. Thank goodness for you all - we need you so badly. I was someone with 3 small children when I went back to school. I started out being an LPN, then 2-yr RN, on to 4-yr RN and just finished my masters 4 years ago. You might say I am a professional student or a masochist? Oh well, I love to learn new stuff. Just take one day at a time, and know that it will be over soon. Just remember, once you have your RN degree - no one can take it from you - no matter how many degrees you get after that. Also, don't knock yourself out striving for all A's - a good strong B, even a C (if the class is difficult) won't kill you. When I would interview new nurses, I would hire a good strong B student with good attendance over someone that was a straight A graduate. They usually are "book smart" but lack common sense. I have found that it is also difficult for them to "think outside of the box" and they spend to much time focusing on theory versus good patient care. Oh well, good luck.

    [This message has been edited by NurseRachet (edited March 18, 2000).]
  7. by   sag35633
    Hello everybody,
    i am a 43yr old cop going thru nursing school.I will graduate in May with an A.A.S. in Nursing. I have tentative plans of continuing on to MSN. My wife of 2 years is an RN and encouraged me to get into nursing. I would like to hear from other males in nursing school or already working in nursing.
  8. by   megNurse
    Hi all-

    I just graduated from nursing school in May. I just finished a New grad program and tomarrow is my first shift on my own. Nursing school was definatly one of the most challenging things that i have everdone. But it is also one of the most rewarding. I love my job. There is so much i have yet to learn. Nursing school couldn't have prepared me for half the things i have already encountered. Not that it was a bad school but so much of the learning only comes with experience. School only teaches you about the diseases, and the nursing care and the meds, it doesn't teach you about the patients. During your clinicals, take every opportunity to talk to your patients,learn how to really listen to them, learn how to advocate for them, these skills come only through experience not through books and classes.
    Good luck to all of you and if anyone wants to talk email me at
  9. by   KateJ
    Hi, fellow students, I am 19 years old and I am a minority in my classes. There are only four other students my age out of the sixty of us that graduate this year. I have managed to make alot of older friends though and I think they are amazing. I know it has to be hard to go back to school and raise a family. Im having a hard time myself because I work almost every night and weekends. On Fridays, after clinical I crash! I find it very frustrating because many outside people do not realize what a strain the nursing program is compared to others. Anyway, Im glad to be graduating as an LPN in May and I already have a job due to the shortage itwasnt hard to find. Good luck to future SN's. It's hard and challenging, but if you want it bad enough it will come.
  10. by   Pati
    Hi Everyone

    I'm very happy to have found this site. It feels great to hear words of encouragement from other Nursing Students and experienced nurses. I'm 28 yo Nursing Student too and I love Nursing, but in times of frustration I question myself whether this is the right choice of career for me. It's good to know that I am not alone and that my frustrations and struggles are shared and are somehow " the rights of passage" that all of us experience.

    Thank God for all of you

  11. by   Alma
    Hi Everyone, I'm glad to see that I'm not the only crazy old lady going back to school, in my third year BScN, 2 kids, husband and dog. Ready for the luney bin, but ITS fun! I'm so glad you guys and gals are out there
    Originally posted by val.c:
    Hi to all you nurses 2b. I am a 40 yr.old LPN student with two kids left at home. It has been an adventure going back to school and I have no time for a "life" so please come on this journey with me and let us keep one another sane!*S* Val

  12. by   maveric
    Hello. I just found this site by accident. I was looking for nursing bulletin boards and saw this one. I really don't know many other student nurses besides those in my class, so it is nice to know that there are others that relate to the feelings we all share in my class. I will graduate this May and am pretty excited, but also scared. It is going to be such a change from student to actual nurse. Everyone says that I will do fine, but sometimes I wonder if I really will. I guess I am just a little nervous. Reply back if you feel the same way.
  13. by   AmyRN1227
    Hi everyone!
    I am so glad to have a place to share experiences and vent I am a first year ADN student, I have two weeks left in the semester and feel like that's all I do is study. Our finals are coming up and it's everyone is stressed! But next year at this time I will be graduating hopefully if all goes well. I'm 32 with a 4yr old and a husband and sometimes I feel bad because my whole life is nursing. My husband is very supportive and helps out a great deal but sometimes the guilt is just there. I know in the long run it will be for the best of everyone. This summer I don't have to take any courses so I will be having fun in the sun! Good luck to you all and hope to keep in touch on this board!