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It's Never too Late to Start - Or to Finish

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Specializes in CCU, Geriatrics, Critical Care, Tele. Has 27 years experience.

Nurses and nursing students come in all sizes, shapes, colors.......and ages. Gone are the days of a "cookie cutter" nursing student. This says a lot for the flexibility of the nursing profession. Are you are second-career nursing student? Or are you one whose educational path has been interrupted? What has your nursing school journey been like?

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BSNbeDONE, ASN, BSN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, LTACH, LTC, Home Health. Has 35 years experience.

LPN. ASN. BSN. Every time I enrolled in nursing school, I lost a relationship, including 2 divorces. And some of you guys thought nursing school was only stressful on the nursing student.:sarcastic: Finally reached the BSN a couple of weeks ago...just four months shy of the big 5-0! You can't keep a good nurse down for long!:D

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Congrats on the BSN! And reaching the Big 5-0! And meeting both milestones at the same time!

Your forum name suggests there won't be a master's degree in the works?

chiandre

Specializes in EDUCATION;HOMECARE;MATERNAL-CHILD; PSYCH. Has 25 years experience.

WOW! BSNbeDONE, I am proud of you!!! It shows that nothing can keep passion down!! Good Job!

Congrats BSNbeDONE. I'm 57 and graduated from nursing school last year. Although I have yet to pass the NCLEX RN I am still in hanging in there and will not give up until it happens. May take me a little longer than some but I will be a great nurse when I do pass!

Take care & God bless you.

BSNbeDONE, ASN, BSN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, LTACH, LTC, Home Health. Has 35 years experience.

Congrats on the BSN! And reaching the Big 5-0! And meeting both milestones at the same time!

Your forum name suggests there won't be a master's degree in the works?

Perhaps....nothing left to lose. Wonderful thing about usernames is that it can always be changed.;)

Thats excellent and encouraging! I started nursing school a few years ago, had to stop. I started at Everest University in the fall of last year. July of this year we the students find out that the Corinthian Colleges are in trouble with the US Department of Education. Campuses are closing and being sold. My campus is one of them. I am not giving up just looking for another school. Any advice on what too look for in a school?

Thanks.

BSNbeDONE, ASN, BSN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, LTACH, LTC, Home Health. Has 35 years experience.

Congrats BSNbeDONE. I'm 57 and graduated from nursing school last year. Although I have yet to pass the NCLEX RN I am still in hanging in there and will not give up until it happens. May take me a little longer than some but I will be a great nurse when I do pass!

Take care & God bless you.

You deserve the kudos! Fear of losing more brain cells after 50 is what motivated me to get this done once and for all. I applaud you and your efforts. Congratulations and good luck!:yes:

BSNbeDONE, ASN, BSN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, LTACH, LTC, Home Health. Has 35 years experience.

Thats excellent and encouraging! I started nursing school a few years ago, had to stop. I started at Everest University in the fall of last year. July of this year we the students find out that the Corinthian Colleges are in trouble with the US Department of Education. Campuses are closing and being sold. My campus is one of them. I am not giving up just looking for another school. Any advice on what too look for in a school?

Thanks.

Accreditation first and foremost. Next in line is whether or not your BON will accept a degree from them. After that, price tag, curriculum, length to completion are things that I'm looking at (possible MSN).

Nutshell version: Career in government accounting. Bored. Turned 40. Got cancer. Decided to live life the way I wanted. Went to NS. LPN. ASN. Working on BSN. Happy. :cheeky:

I am a third year nursing student at Valpo University. I worked the past summer as a cna at a local nursing home. I enjoyed the time with the residents, but it made me sad that my co-workers didn't share in my enthusiasm for the interaction part of the job. They would just rush in the residents room and rush out. I was shocked at how uncaring some of them were. Is this the way it is? I hope not, because I am the type of person who cares about people, especially the elderly. I haven't decided what I want to specialize in. Any ideas? I am 20, and can't wait to graduate.

If you see the lack of care for the elderly do something about it! A lot of ppl lack empathy toward the elderly or dont want to bond for the fear of losing them one day. But if you enjoy working with the elderly than maybe you should stay working with them :)

I just joined allnurses and I'm glad I did... First congrats BSNbeDONE. I'm one of those people who started many years ago in the nursing program and life happened... I am now 41 and taking all my science classes over and was feeling like i'm too old to go back to nursing school or will I get hired. But after reading all of these post that was the extra motivation that I needed.....

I'm very, very new to this all. I'm a second-career (future) nursing student who will officially begin nursing school in Spring 2016. Until then, I have already returned to my favorite Alma mater to do the BSN, starting with the standard nursing school prerequisite courses (two chemistry courses, anatomy & physiology I and II, etc.). I am very nervous! I also know that I have nothing to lose. I started as an accounting major, then went to my first love, English literature with the hopes of becoming a teacher, or continuing in my education to become a professor of American literature. Unfortunately, at the age of 32, I discovered that I don't like studying English at the graduate level as much as I'd hoped. I also haven't been able to find a teaching job since graduating in 2011. I even spent a year in Scotland doing a postgraduate diploma in a program I ended up hating :(. So now I am back in the US and pursuing nursing, a career I always gave thought to but never really considered until my aunt gave me the idea. I never hated the profession, but was always so hopped up on the prospect of becoming a professor of English literature that I never felt I needed to consider it.

I am glad that I found this forum, and everything that I have read so far has been very encouraging! Thank you. I was worried that I was too old to start over career-wise, but now I am more confident than ever that I am making the right choice. :up::)

In reply to dbrenda1510.... Wow, this is so encouraging to me. I am 52 and have been thinking "I'd become a nurse if I were younger."

How many years do you expect to be able to work after finishing? How long did it take you to get through nursing school?

RebeccaB46 You made me smile. You are only as old as you let yourself be. I bet you don't feel like you are 52, right? I don't feel 57 either. It's just a number. Sure going to college after being out of high school for almost 4 decades was tough, but it was tough on those much younger than me as well. During my first year, first semester's orientation the speaker said, "Look at the two people sitting on each side of you. One or both will not make it to the second semester". He was right. Out of 132 at orientation only 48 graduated! I was one of the 48 so that must mean I did okay to be a 57 year old student. Right? lol No, I didn't make great grades in nursing school but, I did pass every course without any repeats. I am saying this to let you know you are not to old to go back to school. If your passion is to become a RN (like mine has been since I was 14) then don't allow something so trivial as age stand in your way! You may have to work a little bit harder or a study a little bit longer than some but trust me, you can do it. As for how long do I expect to work once I pass this darn NCLEX test, I plan on working as long as the Lord allows me to do so. I don't see myself retiring at 65. There are just too many options out there for nurses. I don't know if my age will have an impact on finding a job or not but I do believe it will be positive. The ones doing the hiring will likely be seasoned professionals so I am hoping they will see the qualities that I have as an older RN as opposed to the disadvantages. Lastly, you asked how long did it take me to get through nursing school. It took me 3 years. The first year was getting the pre-rec's out of the way (chemistry, A&P 1&2, psych, etc.,) and the last two years was just nursing school. I did not repeat any courses. I had been a good student in high school and that carried over to be true in the first year of college with the pre-rec's but once I got into nursing school my grades dipped just like most of the other students. I went from an A student to a glad-to-be B & C student but, I made it and if you want to you can do it too. I will tell you that my nursing school did not prepare us for the NCLEX at all. I we been taught how to do critical thinking and practiced it during school I don't believe I would be in such a battle to pass the NCLEX now. NONE of the tests I did in nursing school were like the NCLEX. My advice is, if you want to be a nurse do not let your age be an issue. If you do go to nursing school please take pointers from all of us who are trying to pass the NCLEX and start preparing for the test from the start so you will be ready when you graduate. Good luck to you!

You age but your heart doesn't. Being a great nurse is within your heart :)

prettymica, ASN, BSN, MSN, LPN, NP

Specializes in hospice, HH, LTC, ER,OR. Has 12 years experience.

After playing around part time with a Pre-vet med major part time and partying, I decided to get real about a career. My sister talked me into nursing and I received my first LPN diploma at 28 in 2008. I took some time off from school and helped sister achieve her LPN diploma at the age of 40 after 15 years of being a CNA. I earned my ASN 2013 and on December 13th 2014 I will have earned my BSN! I will take a few months off and began to look for an MSN program. Never give up on your dreams :)!