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Never Too Old for Nursing School

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Specializes in LTC. Has 2 years experience.

Proud and super excited to say that I'm fulfilling my lifelong dream of becoming an ER/Trauma nurse. When my friends were asking for toys and video games at Christmas, I was asking for a stethoscope and BP kit. I got both and a microscope as a bonus surprise. My family used to dread coming to visit because they knew that a scary little 9 year old was was about to "put the squeeze" on their arm and make them "take deep breaths."

I embarked on this journey in 1991 after high school and was "side tracked" with Naval service, which I'm very proud of, and would not trade for anything. After leaving the Navy in 2003,I started again, then "life happened", (I was raising my son and caring for my sick father with Alzheimer's)and I had to postpone my dream until last year. I'm just older and wiser now. That's the only difference. I have rediscovered my passion and the fire burns inside of me stronger than ever. You can only run from your true calling for so long. Eventually it will catch you. I hope this is inspirational to those who may be second guessing themselves. Never, ever give up!

That's great! I wish you much success in the future! Hopefully you will soon be "putting the squeeze" on actual patients;)

Carpediem1012, BSN, RN

Has 7 years experience.

I wish you the best! Sounds like you will make a great nurse :)

Biosciencegeek

Specializes in LTC. Has 2 years experience.

Haha! Thanks. I can't wait.

Similar story. Spent 11 years in the Navy growing up and starting my family. I finally feel like I'm ready to start the path to my dream. Congrats to you and good luck!!

You're probably not much older than me. I'm going to be 36 in September and I keep thinking to myself that I'm too old already and I should just be a CNA until I retire. Those are my negative thoughts trying to get in the way. I really want to work in the ER or Labor and Delivery. Your saying, "You can only run from your true calling for so long. Eventually it will catch you." is very true. Thank you so much for that because I have been trying to run out of fear since Science (Chemistry, Microbiology) is very hard for me to comprehend, but I'm going to learn it one way or another no matter what it takes! I will do it even if I'm 60 by the time I finish. Thank you! Good luck to you!!

nursel56

Specializes in Peds/outpatient FP,derm,allergy/private duty. Has 45 years experience.

All the best biosciencegeek! I really feel that students who have been tested by life and still cling to their dream are very focused students. There are many people who have successfully launched their careers in their 30s, 40s and beyond. Best wishes to all aspiring nurses!

Biosciencegeek

Specializes in LTC. Has 2 years experience.

lakmom12...Best of luck to you as well Shipmate. :)

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Biosciencegeek

Specializes in LTC. Has 2 years experience.

Future LVN 40....Very well said! There are numerous resources on You Tube that will help you immensely with Micro, A&P and General Biology. My personal favorites are Professor Fink and Dr. Mandi Parker. Go to You Tube and search these channels:

Mandi Parker(A&P has microbiology lectures as well)

Professor Fink(A&P, General Biology with great Chemistry review. Pharmacology)

Anatomy GMC(A&P)

Phrm203(Dr. Steven Farmer. Pharmacology and GREAT drug calculation strategy(dimensional analysis) He calls it, "Burger Math". It's ridiculously easy.)

Once you are on their channels, go to "playlists" and enjoy.

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You made me feel so much better! I just turned 30 and enrolled for my first semester of pre reqs for the ADN program. I have wanted to be a nurse for as long as I can remember and life prevented me from being able to do so. My negative thoughts keep telling me i am too old, but you have made me feel MUCH MUCH better!

Biosciencegeek

Specializes in LTC. Has 2 years experience.

julzgarcia....I'm so happy I helped. :)

SeattleJess

Specializes in None yet..

Excellent and exciting, BioScienceGeek and everyone else!

You do not realize how very young you still are. Compare yourself to me, new CNA and nursing student who just turned 60. (My cousin also got her CNA at 60.) You all are at the perfect ages. Enough experience to be focused and bodies that still have plenty of juice. And all the wide and wonderful options of a nursing career ahead of you. Feel the joy, future nurses!

Biosciencegeek

Specializes in LTC. Has 2 years experience.

Thank you Seattle Jess! You know that 60 is the new 40 right? I too am a CNA and I'm working through school. I LOVE it! My mentor is 72, and she works circles around everyone in my facility. She's even older than 3 of the patients she cares for. This lady is my hero, and it was meant for me to meet her. Keep up the passion and the fire. It's obviously your calling, and I KNOW you will succeed.

SeattleJess

Specializes in None yet..

Thank you Seattle Jess! You know that 60 is the new 40 right? I too am a CNA and I'm working through school. I LOVE it! My mentor is 72, and she works circles around everyone in my facility. She's even older than 3 of the patients she cares for. This lady is my hero, and it was meant for me to meet her. Keep up the passion and the fire. It's obviously your calling, and I KNOW you will succeed.

Biosci, you made my day! I did not know that 60 is the new 40! Your mentor sounds awesome. Thanks for reminding me not to get tangled up in the averages but to strive to be an outlier, like your awesome mentor. Wish I could meet her.

Thank you so much for these references you are Awesome! You will be an Awesome Nurse too!! :)

LoriRNCM, ADN, ASN, RN

Specializes in Hospice. Has 3 years experience.

I think being a CNA first definitely has helped me to understand that physically I can do the work of nursing.... I am 50 and just got my CNA this past March, and finished up first year of NS in May. But I can honestly say that it takes one day of recovering for every evening shift in LTC! I could certainly eat better and exercise and that would help.... :sarcastic: Good luck!

I want to say congrats for making your dream come true! Much success to you!

Nursing24/7

Has 4 years experience.

Yay! I too am starting "late" in life with my nursing career. I'm 42 and will be about 46 when I finish my BSN if I start school in 2016 as I am hoping to. Been wanting to be a nurse since I was little (I have my aunts and grandmother who were all awesome nurses to thank for that) but like others, despite my interest in nursing most of my life, I chose a different career path (dumb decision)--Journalism. Got my BA and worked in PR/Marketing field for over 12 years but still always felt a void like something was missing. I didn't feel happy or content in my job/career at all.

However, I realized that I have always felt complete when helping and caring for others. It wasn't until about a year ago that it hit me that duh, I feel the way I do because nursing is in my blood...it's always popping up in my head and it's all I think about. I am always the first one that family and friends call when someone is sick and they are trying to figure out what to do. I get joy out of helping people feel better.

My journey has been slow and has been stalled a few times due to life happening and a couple of family crisis's. But now I am taking that first step(which is always the hardest) I am doing a CNA program, which starts next week, I am so excited! Once I get my CNA cert, my plan is to work in Sub Acute/Rehab/Restorative Care for 4-6 months, then transfer to a hospital and work as a CNA there.

I plan on working through my prerequisites while working as a CNA and then apply to the pre licensure BSN program at WGU. I am also looking into getting Doula, lactation educator and childbirth educator certified somewhere in between everything, since I too want to VERY much work in L & D and I want to have as much experience and relative skills under my belt as possible, so I can be a GREAT L & D nurse :-)

Any of you can pm anytime I would love to keep in touch with this group and see where we all end up in our journey :-)

PS. What is everyone doing to pay for nursing school??? That is also a big hurdle for me. For me, loans are out because I still owe loans from my first B.A. and I no longer qualify for grants either because of my B.A. So I'm looking into scholarships and hospital employee tuition assistance/reimbursement programs....

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