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I feel like I'm too old for this

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LoriRNCM has 3 years experience as a ADN, ASN, RN and specializes in Hospice.

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I think that in general people are continuing their education because of the sad economy and job market, so there are many more seeking second careers or higher ed to make them more eligible for promotion in their chosen field. I for one am one of the old bats going back to school. I'll be 50 in August when my ADN program starts. I don't care! I love it! :yeah:(Love that song too....) So, my point is, get started, girl, or you'll be like me, putting things off until you are only able to work at a your chosen profession 15 or 20 years.... that's my only regret about going back---- that I didn't do it in my 20s!

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I am 34. My pinning ceremony for practical nursing is in 2 weeks. I plan start at a four year college to obtain a BSN in nursing. I don't think age should be a factor. Think about this, the years are going to pass whether you are in school or not. So why not go ahead and follow your dreams? Otherwise you may look back and have regrets. Good luck!

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Hey girl, I'm 24 in the same boat! Life got crazy and I wanted no part of school..now I realize money is king and I need it lol. So I start lpn school in August..And im not stopping until im a god damn NP i dont care if im 40 when im done school! All I can say is it took me a while to realize you can't compare yourself to other ppl. Only YOU have lived your life and gone through what you have gone through. Nobody knows anyone else's struggles, we are all on our own path, just gotta worry about ourselves! Good for you wish you luck & happiness.

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There is NEVER a such thing as being too old to go back to school. I started my pre-reqs part time 4 years ago (at 23 yrs old!) for the RN program. My school finally offered a night option for lpn so I applied for that this year and got accepted for the fall semester that starts next month. I am 27 now, married, and we have a 7 year old and an 18 month old too! Yes it is more difficult starting college earlier because of work, family, and other responsibilities but many other people have done it and succeeded! I will be going 4 nights and 1 weekend morning for 11 months and enter the lpn-rn courses in the following semester. If its something you REALLY want to do, no excuse will hold you back! I have every excuse in the world NOT to go to college because of my kids alone, but Im doing this for them, so I will do what it takes and accept no excuses along the way.

good luck to you! You can do it!

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To add to my last comment, my mother in law worked for a company that closed down when she was 50! She went to college and now works at the hospital in administration. It can be done ;)

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I understand how u feel! I too felt & sumtimes still feel like im too old to just now be getting started on my career! Im 30 & 3 weeks away from finishing my lpn program:) you know how u plan ur life by this age i want 2 b married, have kids etc! Weeeellllll, i dont a husband or a child so i def feel some type of way! I didnt waste my time doing nothing so im proud of that! I worked for a a big company for 12 yrs taking classes off & on actually got n a RN program in 2009 failed the 1st semester got back in & failed out the 3rd semester 2 yrs ago! I wasnt ready, i wasnt studying like i was suppose to & had other issues lk men probs that i focused on more than school! Once i got into this lpn program last yr, I QUIT MY JOB & BUCKLED DOWN! I eventually got a nurse tech job last nov but that hospital is making the lpn's get their RN by the end of this yr & arent hiring anymore lpn's BUUUUUTTTTTT my new nurse tech job @ another hospital i work at now does & I ALREADY HAVE A JOB LINED UP once i pass my boards! My instructor is 62 & finished her master's last semester so i guess its not to late after all! Well school wise 4 me but the clock is TICK TICK TICKING on the babies! I hope to have my RN BSN by the age of 33, get married & get pregnant @ the same time! Good luck & enjoy ur journey

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i am turning 26 now and just starting my lpn courses...by 30 I want to be a RN. Glad to know thats its doable. Ill be an LPN by my 27th birthday and hopefully a RN by 30.

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Haaaa! Girl I graduated in December and turned 47..the other day! I am a new nurse and I am Fabulous! Go ahead honey♥do the dang thang! We are all ages, all have a story and can all be fabulous if you put God 1st!! Best to you all!

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I definitely understand the OPs point, but please don't worry about being too old!

I started my nursing journey with my cna at 21, started lpn school at 22 but things happened in my life that made it completely impractical for me to continue school. I went back just after my 23rd birthday and had to leave again to take care of my father after he was diagnosed with stage IV cancer. I have recently signed back up for classes to continue where I left off, now 24. I'll be 25 when I finish, starting my career at the start of my first quarter of a century! I can tell you though, that I have been the youngest student in every class, including now at 24. And for further encouragement, my mom completed her BSN the day after her 57th birthday. Age is nothing but a number, follow your dreams and make them your reality! Good luck!!!

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Too old?????? No way!

I WISH I had gone through nursing school when I was your age. Here I am, 36 years old and will be starting the LPN program later this month. I will be one of the "older" students. I bet I will be one of the most determined because I spent too many years doing a job that I hated and I know how much I want it. I am soooooo happy that I will finally be able to do what I have always dreamed of.

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Too old? At 23? Hahahahahahahahahahahahah...:roflmao:

I start LVN training in just under a week and a half, and I've got 27 years on you, kiddo. I'm going back for VN training at 50, after a 23-year stint in IT, with 2 college degrees already under my belt. Ultimately I hope to get an FNP with Hospice certification & work in hospice.

If anything I'd say you may be a bit young!

----- Dave

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That's what I'm talking about IEDave! Congrats on starting VN school in a week and a bigger congrats for knowing age is just a number! You'll be great!!

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