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  1. hi. after much thought, consideration & soul-searching, i had decided to become a nurse. i have no idea how to start & what i'm doing, so i'm going every where looking for info.

    any help &/or guidence would be appreciated. especially from anyone who started their career later in life (i'm 43 and my age was one of my biggest hesitations)

    i'm glad i found this board!
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  3. by   ozarks_prd_mom
    Hello! I am 45 and the mother of eight. I started the ASN program this semester after completing my pre-req's at a local community college. If I can do it, you can too! Congratulations and good luck!

  4. by   ozarks_prd_mom
    One more thing... you said you were hesitant because of your age. This is the way I look at it... I will be 47 in two years. I can either be 47 with a degree or without a degree. Regardless I will get older. So I am choosing to be older with the degree :roll Hope that helped put it in perspective for you!

  5. by   Tweety
    Welcome to Allnurses. Good luck in all that you do!
  6. by   GinaKo
    I like that thinking!! Thanks so much!
  7. by   phoenix72
    :groupwelcome: I'm relatively new, as well. I'm 33 and have escaped the corporate world (Human Resources) to follow my dream of becoming a nurse. Over the last three weeks, I have searched nothing but nursing. Most programs are very difficult to get into so try to find as many possibilities as you can and throw in your best effort. That's my best advice. For example, my local RN program is so backed up it's ridiculous. There's about 600 applicants for 50 seats. It's a complete lottery system. The people who get 2.5 GPA have the same chance of getting in as a 4.0 student. There is no guarantee that you will ever get in, even with good grades. Because of this, I'm trying to get into my State University to take their BSN program. In the amount of time I'd be waiting to get into an ASN program, I could get my BSN. Another idea for me was to get my CNA license again then go to a trade school that has a CNA to LVN class. They then have a LVN to RN class. I would do this in a heartbeat, but they are 45 minutes away. As you get information, it can be very daunting. Just find all the possible paths and pick the one that's right for you. As mature students, I think we have a great chance at succeeding. Life experience is a huge plus! I'm not sure if you've seen it yet but there is a "Pre-Nursing" board here. You may want to check in there as well. I lurk there a lot to get tips. Have you done any checking into schools yet? What are they like where you are?