Talked out of nursing by others and myself.... - page 7

I need some encouragement and maybe a kick in the pants.... Back in 1999, I was a 3.9 gpa pre-nursing/pre-med major and loving it. I dreamed of being a doctor or a nurse practitioner working in... Read More

  1. by   radicalsenseofhope
    Quote from pamelacnj
    sending this from my phone so i apologize in advance for my lack of punctuation...

    i have been following this thread and i am really glad to read that you.have decided to go for it. it is obvious that you are an intelligent and compassionate person from reading your posts. i have no doubt.that you will be a wonderful nurse.

    i am a mid life, career changing, pre-nursing student. i had a career and BS in business administration for many years before becoming a sahm/substitute teacher.

    like you, my interest in nursing/the medical field has always been there. i am the daughter of a retired RN and began perusing medical books at a very young age.

    life happens... very few of us know what we want to do at 18 and everything lines up perfectly. it really is true that you are never too old to learn or reinvent yourself.

    i also appreciate the comments of the experienced nurse and the time it took to fully explain her/his position. about a year ago i started a thread about starting nursing school in my 40s, and someone (i will assume this person was quite young) posted two words "too old.". he or she posted them a few times in the same thread, actually. well, let me tell you, that was the best motivator of all! nobody was going to tell me i'm too old to learn and to help people!

    again, i am delighted to read that there is going to be another intelligent, caring, mature, passionate nurse in our country's future. WTG!
    Thank you so much for your lovely compliments, encouragement, and advice. Also, thanks for sharing your personal experience. Good luck with pursuing your dreams! You are certainly not too old! :-)
  2. by   radicalsenseofhope
    Just wanted to come back and update. My husband's schedule has become a little fuller, taking away from his ability to help as often with homeschooling. After some serious thought, I've decided to wait until both kids graduate from high school (in 8 years) before pursuing my RN. In the meantime, I'm going to go to school part time for my bachelor's in social work and then work part time for a while. Being a mom is my first priority, so I will focus on that for the next 8 years, and then start the nursing leg of my journey. Thanks again to all who commented and helped me evaluate my goals! :-)
  3. by   violetgirl
    Wow, so glad to come across your posting tonight. Very encouraging! I truly understand your fear, as I have struggled with my own self-doubts... As for me, I just needed to come to terms with my original dream. And bite the bullet, and take the risk, and try again.
    It was just time. (I just posted about it tonight...) From reading your post, you seem like a very intelligent woman that knows what she really wants. If I can go back, anyone can! So stay positive future nurse, be encouraged by all here, and keep your eye on your goal.
    PS: Stay away from the "dream-stealers" they will suck you dry. I learned this the hard way. ~Many, many blessings your way~
    God Bless You!
  4. by   violetgirl
    Before, I forget I am 46 years old. Don't worry about age.
  5. by   RN2Be77
    Great words of encouragement @ violetgirl!