nursing student hopeful

  1. Have applied to nursing school and passed pre-admission tests with an average of 96.7 percentile. But I'M OLD. I'll be 40 when I start (if I start!). Anyone else out there start nursing school at this age?
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    Joined: Apr '05; Posts: 11

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  3. by   hikernurse
    Yeah, as long as I don't fall and break my hip, I'll be OK. It'll be great--I can hang my stethoscope from my walker and there'll be all those beds to rest in when I get too tired. I'm teasing you . I am 40 and starting NS this August.

    Actually, I think older students have alot of advantages. We're studying because we want to and the life experience we bring along is a good thing. I'm more comfortable dealing with a wider variety of people than I would have been 20 years ago.

    And. . . if it turns out we hate it, we have fewer years until we can retire, right?

    The bad news is that I'm way too old to pull all-nighters for school. I guess the good news would be that I get my homework done early so I don't have to .
  4. by   sunnyjohn
    Quote from janet eibenberger
    Have applied to nursing school and passed pre-admission tests with an average of 96.7 percentile. But I'M OLD. I'll be 40 when I start (if I start!). Anyone else out there start nursing school at this age?

    Your're not old.... 40 is the new 30 don't ya' know!!!

    Hikernurse is right... "nontraditionals" study because they want to and that life experience is nothing to sneeze at!!

    I'm 32, so with the new math that makes me 22! lol

    agape
  5. by   Lilac
    Quote from janet eibenberger
    Have applied to nursing school and passed pre-admission tests with an average of 96.7 percentile. But I'M OLD. I'll be 40 when I start (if I start!). Anyone else out there start nursing school at this age?
    Old? Uh oh, then I'm in trouble I'm a thirty-nine year old mom of five, grandma of one, and I haven't even taken my nursing school entrance exams yet, lol.In fact, I did the usual "I can't decide my major" thing for awhile. I have enough credits for a degree now (couldn't decide between nursing and teaching) , just not in any one particular discipline, so you are way ahead of me in knowing what you want to do at the outset. Congrats, by the way, on your great score!

    I find school to be wonderfully challenging, and after putting it off for almost twenty years, I am glad to have the opportunity to pursue secondary education. I think all my years of living, being a mom (all that organising and multitasking), volunteering in various capacities, and working in another field for ten years has molded me into a better, more attentive student that I was when I was in high school.Hopefully it'll pay off when I'm an RN, also.

    So girl, go out and rent yourself "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe" (great story about a woman who "finds herself" in middle age)and start celebrating your milestones You're off to a good start to something wonderful.

    LOL Hikernurse,
    "And. . . if it turns out we hate it, we have fewer years until we can retire, right?"
    That was just too funny.
  6. by   kathybrntobe
    For everyone who responded to "nursing school hopeful".
    THANK YOU!! Okay, 40 is not old. Your comments were wonderful! I feel much better and more confident. Now, if I can just pass the interview portion of the admissions process, I'll be very happy.

    I think the experience that comes with age will help not only in school, but in the day-to-day responsibilities and interaction with patients that an RN has.

    Thanks again for the wonderful comments; they made me laugh and gave me a new perspective on the whole "age" thing!
  7. by   futurenurse07
    well im 17 and i am a hopefull and faithful student who has dreamed about being a nurse all my life.. i know i am young but i am very focused on my goal and wish to soon fullfill it...i joined this so get to know some real nurses and people who are trying to accomplish the same thing that i am..i love to hear everyones stories ...so keep me informed i would love to hear anyone's suggestions and or thoughts.
    jessica
  8. by   uannie
    Quote from janet eibenberger
    Have applied to nursing school and passed pre-admission tests with an average of 96.7 percentile. But I'M OLD. I'll be 40 when I start (if I start!). Anyone else out there start nursing school at this age?
    Hi! I'm currently a prenursing student who has been accepted to the nursing program beginning in the fall. I am even older -41- than you. At first I was really nervous, but then I found that there are many other nursing students in my classes that are around my age. And I am doing better than most of the kids in my classes (I have a 4.0) because I am a serious student. So don't worry; you will do great!
  9. by   hikernurse
    We just may have to start our own forty-something fan club :hatparty:.
  10. by   Tweety
    Welcome! I've been a nurse for a while but am going back for my BSN at the age of 45. You are not old!
  11. by   kathybrntobe
    I think a 40+ nursing /nursing student club is a great idea! How wonderful it is to communicate with people in the same situation...but I may be getting ahead of myself. I still have the interview process to go through! I'll hear something after May 1, when the school reviews all apps. Wish me luck!!

    By the way, anyone know anything about, or have any experience with, UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing in Pittsburgh?

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