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2/4/14 8:08 P

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I am now 54 and graduated at age 48 as a new RN with my Associate Degree. I went back in 2012 and got my BSN. You are never too old to learn. 3 of my best study buddies were in their early 20's. We had the same goals and studied very hard. They were all 3 away from home the very first time and called me "Mama Janice" We are still good friends and stay in touch. Half my class was over age 35. The community college in our town has a lot of older non-traditional students enrolled. I love what I do, and waited a long time to get there.

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1/13/14 5:54 A

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I so agree. I've been a nurse since 1971...a lot has changed especially boards..I took mine in the livestock barn at the Ohio State Fair Grounds...lol...as I recall it took 2 days.
Life experience really does help. I work with dementia patients and learned a lot as I saw my parents age. Experience you just don't get on the floor.

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7/28/13 6:41 A

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2 years into nursing on a high-acuity imc, I've now precepted 2 new grads through their orientation and loved it. But oh my goodness, the younger one all I could think was you are so smart, but you're 23! How can you have the maturity for this? We have several new grads right now and I keep calling them the kids. My other preceptee is 29 with years of "life" experience and it just makes her critical thinking and common sense more reasonable. So don't worry about being new and "older". Those experiences will serve you well in the right environment.

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7/24/13 1:08 P

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Congratulations Sasaka!! You are further in your goals than a lot of people, young or old! Keep up your successes

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6/15/13 12:30 P

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Update: I now have a my first Med-Surg job. Woohoo.

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6/7/13 9:23 A

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Keep it going! Getting old starts when we give-up on learning.

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6/7/13 9:20 A

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I so needed to read this post! I am a new "old" grad (47 yrs old). I have been looking for my first nursing job for five months. I am starting to feel that I am not getting hired because of my age. Yet, my experience in nursing school was exactly like yours. Patients always trusted me and my judgment over the younger and "better" nurses. Classmates always wanted to be in my group, because I was dependable and steady. We offer a lot. It is just so challenging to get a foot into the door. You have given me a dose of encouragement today.

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12/31/12 8:19 A

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I have been an LPN for 30+ years...and I feel I am a "better" nurse than some new RN's...that don't give me the time of day...when I worked the hospital..I had some RN's that would rather have me work with them than some of the new RN's....I am not against new nurses..but I wish the new nurses would allow themselves to learn from me....If you are compassionate about your job..then you are never too old.

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12/30/12 1:55 A

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Karen..I agree..Im 52.

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12/24/12 9:36 P

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Im 50, Ive been a RN since 1991. I took my boards on paper and pencil. I think Im a better nurse the older I get. Life experience helps you to understand and help your patients more.

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12/23/12 1:51 A

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With age comes experience and understanding! I hope some day to be a seasoned nurse myself!

~Mrs. Addie Cobb RN


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12/21/12 5:03 P

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I am 60 and still working, we have the advantage of understanding the generation which has the greater percentage of admissions to the hospitals. I have been a nurse 36 years and seen many changes and there are many different types of jobs for all ages.
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Most people are as happy as they choose to be. Abraham Lincoln
Worry is like a rocking chair, you go back and forth but don't get anywhere.


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9/27/12 6:09 P

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lol i would just chalk that up to practice dealing with people. Especially the older generation they will say what ever is on there mind cuss you one minute and be hugging you the next.

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9/15/12 10:41 A

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Hi,
Like you, I graduated at age 54. I was the oldest person in my class and almost all of them were young enough to be my children. I had a great relationship with my classmates. We formed study groups and each contributed something. It was great. I graduated the same night as one of my children. The only person who had a problem with my age was one of my instructors who felt that I was taking up the slot that a younger person who was going to work longer should have had. Karma is exactly what they say it is. Guess who ended up caring for her spouse? Guess who did it with skill and compassion? Guess who won the awards for nursing excellence? Don't let anyone put you in a box. Being an older nurse has its perks. People assume that I've done this for a lifetime and give me far less grief than my younger classmates. I have switched assignments with one of my very young classmates because the patient wanted an older nurse. Personally, I thought she was the better nurse, but he was happy and it solved the problem. Contribute from what you have learned over a life time. You will be great!


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9/6/12 3:43 P

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You are never too Old to be a nurse! Yes I became one 42 years ago but am still actively nursing!

"With all it's Sham Drudgery and Broken Dreams..It is still a Beautiful World..
Be Careful.Strive to be Happy!"
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6/14/12 10:00 P

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Awesome! Best of luck in your nursing career. emoticon emoticon

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4/2/12 2:29 P

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Thank you. I'm almost there.

There is no shame in failing...only in quitting!


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4/2/12 1:23 P

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I graduated and passed my NCLEX 20 years after high school graduation. There were students almost 20 years older than I was. I learned more as a mature student than I would've years earlier. Older students also have life experience on their side, which makes it a plus.

Congratulations on your accomplishments and never stop learning.

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3/10/12 7:31 P

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I'm older than any of you and work with folks young enough to be my grandkids, in ICU. Not kids, but grandkids. Guess who they run to when they have a question or don't know what to do? Yeah, the old warhorse.

As far as the patients go, I've noticed that it's never the younger who refer to my age, it's the older ones! I just really don't get what that's all about. I just tell them it's better to wear out than rust out! You'll do great!

It is easy to think, it is hard to do, but to do what you think, that is the hardest. .......Goethe

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3/6/12 1:07 A

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Awesome... Keep on learning through experiences and academics emoticon

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3/4/12 2:03 P

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Learning never stops! The great thing about our age is our skin is thick and we can roll with the punches. I think you'll find that patients appreciate your life experiences you bring with you. They make you a more rounded compassionate nurse with the ability of someone who has been there, done that! Good luck!
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3/3/12 1:39 P

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Sisthoroughbred, you have just made my day! emoticon

There is no shame in failing...only in quitting!


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2/27/12 5:17 A

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I went to school with someone who was in her 60's, had 10 kids and went through brain surgery. If she can do it, anyone can do it....

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2/26/12 11:44 P

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Yes, I know people who passed at 75 and those who passed at 265. Yikes! I just wanna pass!

There is no shame in failing...only in quitting!


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2/26/12 11:43 P

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LOL! Ain't it the truth!

There is no shame in failing...only in quitting!


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2/26/12 1:56 P

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I took the NCLEX-PN in 2009 I was 46 years old. Just recently I over heard a gentleman in his 80's talking to an Aide , He referred to me as that "old nurse" I belive his words were "you know the one I'm talking about that old nurse that works nights.' I thought well aint that the pot calling the kettle black, LOL

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2/25/12 12:35 P

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Thank you for that Char316. I just hope the prospective interviewers feel the same.

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2/25/12 10:32 A

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As a current student at age of 58,(I returned to school after finishes my BSN 16 years earlier) working on a masters in Pastoral Studies, and continuing to work full time. I say go for it girl, you are as young as you want to be!

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2/24/12 9:59 P

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+HANG IN THERE. IHE NCLEX TEST CAN BE A BUMMER. I TOOK THE WHOLE FIVE HOURS AND PASSED. MY FRIEND HIT 75 AND THE TEST STOPPED. WE BOTH PASSED. GOOD LUCK.

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2/22/12 12:24 P

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Thank you so much for those words of encouragement and wisdom. Enjoy your day!

There is no shame in failing...only in quitting!


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Awww,... you just win them over with your great nursing skills and knowledge. You will never be surprised at how far a gracious " patient attitude" and good knowledge base will take you. Keep treating them like you would your own family and even go so far as to tell them you will go to the ends of the earth to help them and you have won them over for life. top 3 rules... they don't want to be hurt, they want to be healed and they want that " i really care for you" attitude. Stay strong, most patients families, and peers mean well but are not well schooled in how to say it.

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2/17/12 1:39 P

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I'm getting ready to take the NCLEX at age 54. One day during my very first clinical rotation, an elderly (more than I) lady on a walker came to the door of her room as my classmate (who was about 35) and I were walking the floor. She looked at us and asked if we were doctors. Proudly, we said "No, we're nursing students." All of a sudden she tilted her head to the side with a strange look and said, "Aren't you too old to be students. How you gonna learn anything? Shouldn't you have started long time ago so you could learn something?" I immediately gave her the "stink-eye". My friend was more gracious and said, "Oh, no, we never stop learning." Well....I am better now with taking the blows about my age. The way I see it is I was able to hang with the young bucks in school and did very well. Hey, young or old the NCLEX doesn't discriminate. One day I might end up taking care of that very same lady. Life can be funny that way.

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