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If I could go back to when I started college, I would have choosen nursing.

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I would have choosen nursing; now it is too late.

I am 19 and about to transfer soon. If I wanted to go nursing I literally would have to stay another year at CC for prereqs which = 4 years (and seeing everyone of my friends graduate) and then at least 2 more years for my BSN or ADN. And ADN is not worth 6 years of studying; but I heard BSN's are nearly impossible to go into. :(. My GPA (only 3.0) wouldn't be that great; so I probably wouldn't be able to get a BSN. I am so sad :(.

What are you talking about - it is NOT too late! At all! Trust me I know how you feel because I went back for a second degree after all my friends had graduated and were doing their nursing thing and the feeling SUCKS to say the least. But look at how many people just on here are much older than you and just going back to school for nursing. It is much better to spend some extra time in school if it means loving your career after because unless you've had jobs that you dreaded waking up and going to, you dont know how much your work-life misery can spill over into your personal life. If you're going to be switching degrees, believe me now would be the best time - I dont know your situation but if you dont have kids or a husband and all the responsibilities that come with every additional year of your life, you are in the best place to get the education you actually want. Taking prereqs can be your opportunity to pull up your GPA (which isnt all that bad right now) and before you know it you will be in the nursing program and wondering what you got yourself into :). I really hope you rethink this, if it's really what you want!

I agree, it is NEVER too late to get into a career if you are genuinely interested and passionate about it. I also say that if I could do it over, I would have started in Nursing. But my situation is more advanced than yours. I'm not 19, I'm almost 26. I haven't been in college for 3 years, I've been in for 6. I got a Bachelor's and Master's degree in a field I'm interested in, and now after 6 years of schooling the economy limits jobs so that only those with a PhD or specific license (another 2 years for me) can get a job that actually pays their bills. So I started the pre-reqs as I was finishing up my Master's and worked hard to get all my ducks in a row. I just got my acceptance letter to a 2 year ADN program and am planning to get it and start working. I'll probably continue to advance my Nursing education after a work for a few years, but if I had started in the medical field from the beginning, I'd be an M.D. right now. It's not to late, and if it's something you want to do, you will make it happen. Good luck!

MyMystudentRN

Specializes in pediatrics, geriatric, developmentally d. Has 1 years experience.

Dont feel that way it is never to late to start your career. The sooner you go for it the better off you'll be and the good thing about that is if you have friends that already graduated and is working help you with your nursing studies and quite possibly help you land a job. It helps to know people in the job industry especially nursing. Good luck on your future endeavors and i hope you really think about actually going to pursue nursing

umbdude, MSN, NP

Specializes in Psych/Mental Health. Has 3 years experience.

It's never too late! If you do well in pre-reqs, you'll be fine. Majority of the people look at trends, not just a single number. You're 19...what's another 2-4 years? When you're 30 and doing something you enjoy, you won't even remember those extra years.

I agree...I'm 28 and have just started college for the very first time! I have 2 kids at home, and usually have to work a full time job. I was able to get my pre-reqs down in 3 semesters! You can do it, believe me!!! It is well worth it if you are in love with the idea of nursing. I should have started when I was 18, but I let my fears get the best of me. Do it now while youre already in school mode!

It's never too late to go back to school. If nursing is really in your heart, then you should go for it! Do you know if any of the classes you have now would go towards your degree?

It is never too late! You are still so young and have all the time in the world. I will be turning 23 this June and if all goes well I will be starting an ADN program in December...if Nursing is where your heart is at then go for it! I know it can feel sad seeing all your friends graduating before you but in the end you too will be graduating, in a field you love...please dont give up!

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Aw thanks everyone;

I live in California and nursing school is impacted. If I go into nursing I want to get a BSN! And my parents all want me to go get my BA that I am currently going for and then "see" what I want to be. They all rejected the idea of me going into nursing, especially if its "only" an ADN. They say maybe after I get my BA and then see because I might find something else I love.

Honestly, I wish I could go back and just start over again; as I thought nursing required Calculus + Physics. Which I cannot do for my life, but I only learned last year that it didn't!

Maybe I can get into an accelerated program after my BA?

Also my family all say if I want to go into nursing I might as well get a Masters instead.

I agree...I'm 28 and have just started college for the very first time! I have 2 kids at home, and usually have to work a full time job. I was able to get my pre-reqs down in 3 semesters! You can do it, believe me!!! It is well worth it if you are in love with the idea of nursing. I should have started when I was 18, but I let my fears get the best of me. Do it now while youre already in school mode!

What did you do before 28? :o Just curious?

I will be 29 in a few months and I just started my pre-req's to hopefully get into the nursing program next year. Believe me, it's never too late. You are super young to do the degree you are trying to do now and then get into the ASN program later on. If you are passionate about nursing then honestly nothing will get in your way. When I got out of high school, I went into college for graphic design which I changed my mind about then I got a technical degree in network security which I hate now and then worked as management in offices during that whole time. This was all to find myself and follow my real happiness which is nursing. I still feel young and hopeful for my nursing degree so don't look back, just move forward.

If you want to see what happens after your BA, then that's one road you can choose. If you want to completely start over to get your BSN you still have tons of time. Age shouldn't matter at this point because you have all the possibilities in the world. Take advantage of it. And don't put yourself down about thinking you won't get in. Just try out for it if you really want it and you could be surprised :)

NICUmiiki, BSN, RN

Specializes in NICU/PICU Flight Nursing. Has 5 years experience.

I think if nursing is what you want to do, you'll feel more regret than you do now if you continue to put it off. I know how you feel though. I graduated from high school in '08 and I'm "supposed" to graduate in May this year like many of the people I went to high school are. I kept going to a school that didn't have a nursing program because it was what was expected of me by my family. Now, I've finally decided to go for what I want, but I'm looking at another 3 years of school (7 years of undergraduate work smh) but I know that if I graduated with a low GPA in, oh lord, math or biology or computer science or information systems or accounting or chemistry (I really changed majors that many times) I would just keep regretting those choices.

If nursing is what you want to do now, get to it! I have a Ba, and it has gotten me nowhere. Maybe you could go out of state? Also, prereqs are a way to bring up your Gpa. Because your Gpa is low, to me that means you are not loving what your doing. I had a 3.2 whenni graduated with my Ba, now I have a 4.0 in all my prereqs. A VERY IMPORTANT POINT is that if you need to get financial aid, it is easier to get for your first degree. But once you have that Ba, you will be excluded from certain loan and grant programs. Besides, you either need an ADNnor BSN to get your masters. I'm 28 and starting an ADN program next month. Go volunteer, do something like shadowing a nurse. Then, tell your parents this is what you want. And go do it!

You are 19! Nothing is too late. I know many people just starting pre-regs at 40. Your problem is, you're measuring your success by others achievement, which is never a good thing. We all have our individual timeline, as life is different for all of us. If you wanna be a nurse, be a nurse. Stop making excuses for why you can't, especially ones that are irrelevant to your success.

jocy_anne

Specializes in Neonatal ICU. Has 2 years experience.

I have to agree with everyone else on here and say that it is never too late, especially when you're 19! I am 28 and was just accepted to an accelerated BSN-MSN program that I will start in September. I've always been interested in the medical field, but had low self-esteem and told myself I probably wasn't smart enough to make it. I got my B.A. in Law & Justice Studies when I was 22 because I thought I would settle with being a lawyer, but then realized halfway through my senior year that I didn't really want to do that. So I finished out the degree just to have one, and then spent the last 6 years working various administrative jobs at a chemical company (I'm an Executive Assistant right now).

I first started going back to school in Spring 2011, when I thought I wanted to get my MBA. I took an Intro to Marketing class, and it didn't take me very long to realize that I hated it, lol. So it was over that semester (at the age of 27) that I realized it wasn't too late for me to pursue something in the Nursing field. I overcame my insecurities (well, most of them...I'm still a little scared sometimes!) and started taking night and weekend science prereqs the next semester (A&P I in Summer 2011, A&P II & Chem I in Fall 2011, Nutrition & Chem II in Spring 2012, and Microbio coming up in Summer 2012). Now I've been accepted to a great program, and am excited to start this new phase of my life in September!

Do I wish I had taken all of these classes my first time around so that I could already been working as a Nurse? Well, yes, part of me thinks that way sometimes. I think that's normal. However, I don't think I would have been ready for it before now. Even though I'm not the biggest fan of my current workplace, I still know that I've learned a lot here over the last 6 years. And I am hoping that the experience I've gained will help me to excel in Nursing school. So in the end, I really don't have any regrets about anything I've done. I can't wait to start in a few months! Good luck to you!!!

Never too late. There's plenty of people in my classes who are like 40 and they're going back to school for nursing. :) Best wishes.

I have to agree with everyone else on here and say that it is never too late, especially when you're 19! I am 28 and was just accepted to an accelerated BSN-MSN program that I will start in September. I've always been interested in the medical field, but had low self-esteem and told myself I probably wasn't smart enough to make it. I got my B.A. in Law & Justice Studies when I was 22 because I thought I would settle with being a lawyer, but then realized halfway through my senior year that I didn't really want to do that. So I finished out the degree just to have one, and then spent the last 6 years working various administrative jobs at a chemical company (I'm an Executive Assistant right now).

I first started going back to school in Spring 2011, when I thought I wanted to get my MBA. I took an Intro to Marketing class, and it didn't take me very long to realize that I hated it, lol. So it was over that semester (at the age of 27) that I realized it wasn't too late for me to pursue something in the Nursing field. I overcame my insecurities (well, most of them...I'm still a little scared sometimes!) and started taking night and weekend science prereqs the next semester (A&P I in Summer 2011, A&P II & Chem I in Fall 2011, Nutrition & Chem II in Spring 2012, and Microbio coming up in Summer 2012). Now I've been accepted to a great program, and am excited to start this new phase of my life in September!

Do I wish I had taken all of these classes my first time around so that I could already been working as a Nurse? Well, yes, part of me thinks that way sometimes. I think that's normal. However, I don't think I would have been ready for it before now. Even though I'm not the biggest fan of my current workplace, I still know that I've learned a lot here over the last 6 years. And I am hoping that the experience I've gained will help me to excel in Nursing school. So in the end, I really don't have any regrets about anything I've done. I can't wait to start in a few months! Good luck to you!!!

I sound exactly like you! But I'm getting my degree in Liberal Arts and maybe pursuing a masters. But I told my parents (whom are paying for my tuition) that I wanted to do nursing, they said I should get my BS (******** haha jk) degree first then find what I want to do. They won't let me go into nursing or approve of it..

My ADN program doesn't require pre-reqs other than high school biology, chemistry, and algebra. All the other classes (A&P, Micro, Eng, Psy, etc) can be taken while you're in the nursing program. (Side note: the majority of us have a good chunk of the non-nursing classes done before we start but it's not required.) 5 intense semesters from start to finish and you're done! I'm 45 and will be starting the nursing program in January. You are NINETEEN YEARS OLD...you are sooooooo far from it being "too late"!