Another over-40 newbie here! I just found out *yesterday* that I was accepted in this fall's nursing class. It's my local community college in Northern Virginia, and they actually have an excellent rep with the hospitals in the area.
Let's see... I'm a very YOUNG (at heart!) 42. I have three children (11, 13, 15) and currently work as a very bored international licensing analyst for SuperGynormous Defense Contractor, Corp. and can't wait to get out of here!
When I was much younger, I played with the idea of nursing school, but then life kind of took over. As incredibly cheesy as I know this sounds, some things have happened in the last few years with family, illness, life, etc. While 'nursing' my mother and my little sister through ovarian cancer and all of the surgeries/procedures/sickness that go along with it, I witnessed many nurses - the good, the bad, and everything in between. *Cheese Alert!* It hit me like a ton of bricks one day that I want nothing more than to be the kind of nurse that I would want taking care of my mom/sis.
So, here I am, a year and a half later, all my pre- & co-requisites under my belt, giddy as a school girl because I got that acceptance letter. Juggling the kids, taking care of mom/sis, working full time, and taking classes hasn't been the easiest thing I've ever done, but getting that letter yesterday was just such a huge weight off my shoulders. I know the next few years aren't going to be any easier, but I'm still up to the challenge, and am actually really looking forward to the 'school' part of this journey.
Thanks for starting this thread. I know we can't be the only ones out there... (?)
Best of luck to you!