any concerns for older students? - page 2

Are there any problems or issues that are unique to the older nursing student in the clinical setting? I am 45 years old with a masters degree in chemistry, so academic work is not a problem for me.... Read More

  1. by   Lesli61
    Wow, a full time teacher that works part time as a nurse! Amazing; she must have an incredible energy level. I'd love to talk to her about how she handles both. Does she appear on this forum? I thought I might have to retire early from teaching to work as a nurse...
  2. by   purplemania
    I was 49 when I got my license. On the plus side, patients thought I was the more experienced nurse because of my age. I did not have to convince them I knew what to do (but I DID have to ask a lot of questions to my co-workers). On the negative side, I got tired before the 12 hours were up. I have not encountered or heard of any ageism around here - they are in need of nurses of any size, age or gender!
  3. by   crb613
    I am 49 & will graduate in May'06 :hatparty:. I am older than all the students & a most of the instructors. I have never had any problem w/the other students as a matter of fact....If something is going on they want me right in the middle of it. I have made some very good friends that are much younger than me. It is kinda of funny my phone rings off the hook w/these younger classmates wanting to talk or invite me & my hubby to some outing. I treat them w/respect & don't hand out advice unless asked. I love'em & have had so much fun that I don't think I would have without them. In class or out I treat the instructors w/the respect they deserve & address them as mr/mrs so & so. I may be older than they are, but I am the student & they are the teachers. I just try to treat others as I would like to be treated & it has worked out fine. Good luck
  4. by   MIA-RN1
    I think the hardest part of being a bit older is having the co-assigned nurses at clinicals being (much) younger than me. I can handle it but sometimes I wonder if they think I should know more based on my age.
    I like that our school has such a spread of ages from 18 probably to up around 50 or a bit older.
    I did get to know a fellow student this semester who would be *perfect* for my son lol.
  5. by   ProfRN4
    Quote from coopergrrl
    i did get to know a fellow student this semester who would be *perfect* for my son lol.
    [font="comic sans ms"]in my clinical group last semester one of my students' son went to high school with another students' brother. the 'mom' thought it was amusing :chuckle
  6. by   boomerfriend
    I don't like to refer to myself as "old" or "older".....we are "returning" students. You wouldn't believe how many students are my age or more. I know of one friend who is in his 50's and is doing an accelerated program. It is perfect for him since his kids are grown, wife has a job and he has time to spend on himself!

    We tend to make more dedicated students, bring more wisdom to the table and have a tremendous drive to succeed.

    I am, however, concerned about those long shifts that lay ahead. We also have to be very conscious of lifting correctly. Injuries could possibly put us out of comission for a long time.