Older Student - page 3

I'm wondering if there are others such as myself who have decided to change careers and gone back to school to pursue a nursing degree. I am 50 years old and have always wanted to be a nurse, but... Read More

  1. by   suzilks1
    How exciting! You won't be the only older student in your classes! I am 48 and just finishing up my pre-reqs so i can apply Fall of 2013. Today I took the PAX and passed with a 97! It's never too late! In fact, what encouraged me to go ahead and make my dream a reality is the number of new middle aged nurses that I got to know during my mom's illness and hospital stay. I was afraid I wouldn't be able to make the grade since it's been so long since I attended college but I have found that it is actually easier since i know how to study and I WANT to make this happen versus doing it because it was expected of me. Go for it!!
  2. by   suzw
    This is something I think about a lot too. I am 44, set to finish up pre-reqs next quarter, and applying to BSN programs. AND I have a 3 year-old (who doesn't seem to need much sleep), a husband who travels a lot for work, and a volunteer job. I worked as a Medical Asst. for years, but always had the idea of doing this, was just afraid to take the plunge. The climate and politics got weird at work 2 years ago, so I finally got up the nerve to leave my job in May of 11, and started school a couple weeks later. Yeah, I wish I had done it earlier, but at least I am doing it now! Good luck to all of you!
  3. by   grannyclampett
    This thread hasn't been active for a while but thought I'd throw my 2 cents in...I'm 51 and am starting in the fall for my associates in nursing and couldn't be happier. It will be sort of a third career for me, not including staying at home to raise my 2 kids. Just finished up my last prereq and though I was the oldest in that class, the kids were great and I made some friends. It helps that I'm a bit of a goofball, I think! When I was applying I was told that my school just graduated a 62 year old. I'd at least like to go on to get my BSN but am also toying with the idea of a masters. I'd be 56 when I finished. Any thoughts?
  4. by   pmabraham
    Good day, grannyclampett:

    I just turned 50 yesterday; and my wife gets a kick that my hope after becoming an RN (it looks like this might be a two to three year process for either a diploma or associate based on how fast I can get certain prerequisites conquered) that I plan to go for a BSN (after getting a job), then an MSN... and even a phD should the Lord allow me.

    So I do think it is a good idea that you are thinking ahead of a BSN and a masters. Go for it!
  5. by   Sandi_NC
    Thanks grannyclampett for bringing this thread back to life!

    I turned 40 a few months ago and I'm working on my pre-reqs. Our school accepts applications in the spring and starts a class every fall so I'm working to apply for spring 2014, and hoping to get a spot for Fall 2014! I can't believe that I'm going to do this but I'm really excited about this journey I'm on. I have three children that I homeschool (ages 15, 14 & 13) plus we're fostering a 6 month old girl that we hope to eventually adopt. So while I definitely have an active home life, I know this is the right time for me. I do plan on pursuing my BSN ... and who knows ... maybe MSN as well!

    I say go for it all if it's something you want!

    That is so neat that your school graduated a 62 yr old ~ no one is too old to pursue a passion.