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3/4/13 3:31 A

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I'm a 47 year old pre-nursing student (anxiously awaiting acceptance from one of two schools) so I'm definitely older than most of my fellow students. I feel like I can certainly hold my own intellectually. I also know quite a bit more about dealing with difficult situations. I do worry about being judged for my appearance. I am not obese, but sloppy looking in comparison to many of the twenty-year olds.

There are, however, some situations that no 20-year old can match us in, like comforting (while counseling) people whose loved ones are dying. Anyone of any age can be a hero, but it takes maturity to be a comforter, negotiator, mediator and peacemaker.

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2/24/13 9:57 A

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Hi Lindy!

I'm Diane. I graduated from nursing school at 42. I've been a nurse now for 4 years. I started in Med/Surg then followed my long time dream of becoming a Surgical Nurse. I'm now a member of the Open Heart team. I love it! It's sometimes hard to keep up with the young kids I work with carrying the extra weight, but we do get through don't we :-) I found the weight really creeping up from eating in the cafe' everyday. The "healthy options" just aren't very healthy. I'm setting a goal to pack my lunch twice a week. (I only work 3 days a week as I do 12 hr shifts, lol) Good for you for forgiving yourself and starting again. I think sometimes we are our own worst critics. We just need to give ourselves a break. Good luck in reaching your goals. Take care.

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9/5/12 8:23 P

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I have been away from Spark people for awhile, but I am back now. I graduated from nursing school at age 54 and have been a nurse for just over 5 years. I love my job! I wanted to be a nurse from the time I was a little girl, it just took a long time to get the opportunity. I left staff nursing to work in a busy surgical clinic with shorter hours and no weekends. The stress is just as intense as we are always short staffed and over scheduled. I have let the weight creep up, gaining back all but 3 of 43lbs I lost just before I started nursing school. I could kick myself, but instead I will forgive myself and start again.
Are there any older "new" nurses out there? I would love to hear from you.

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