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
Jan 1, '06Daytonite,
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...
Jan 2, '06I 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!
Jan 2, '06I 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
Jan 4, '06I 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.
Jan 8, '06Quote from coopergrrl[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 :chucklei did get to know a fellow student this semester who would be *perfect* for my son lol.
Jan 10, '06I 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.