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Top 5 Excuses Nurses don’t go back to school

1) I’m too old. My mom just graduated at 62 years old with her Bachelor’s Degree. It took her over ten years to finally get it done—she worked SO hard on it. This is why I have a really hard time with nurses who say that they are too old to go back to school. If you want to go, GO! You are NEVER too old! I remember reading an article about an 88-year-old grandmother who graduated from college. It is a great time to go back to school. The economy is terrible so there is no overtime to work so you might as well get back into the swing of things.

2) I hate writing papers. News flash. Everyone hates writing papers. Even if you get paid to write papers, you hate to write papers on some level. Just sit down and do it. Believe me, it gets easier.

3) I’m not good with computers. I bet you have a child, a niece or nephew or a new grad nurse at work who is. Ask them to show you the basics, then pay someone to do the rest.

4) I don’t like going to class. There are so many options now, you don’t have to go to class! You can do it all online in your PJs from home. I personally do not like online classes but some people love them. Give them a try!

5) It’s too expensive. There are so many grants and scholarships out there for nurses, you’d be surprised how much money goes unclaimed every year. Give an internet search for “nursing scholarships” a try…you’ll be amazed how many hits you’ll get!

So stop your whining and excuses and get back to school! Your neurons will thank you for it.

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Rebekah Child

Rebekah Child attended the University of Southern California for her bachelor's in nursing and decided to brave the academic waters and return for her master's in nursing education, graduating in 2003 from Mount St. Mary's. Rebekah has also taught nursing clinical and theory at numerous Southern California nursing schools and has been an emergency nurse since 2002. She is currently one of the clinical educators for an emergency department in Southern California and a student (again!) in the doctoral program at the University of California, Los Angeles.
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7 Responses to Get back in school already!

  1. Julie

    I’m 47 years old and start classes on Monday..am entering an LPN to BSN program that is online through a local college. Looking so forward to it but of course it will be stressful and a long road. I will also be working in my current position full time but it’s easy when you work for a facility that stands behind you and encourages you!

  2. Dean Clark

    I started my ADN at 39 years old in 06 and am now starting my MSN, it is never too late. When someone tells me they are too old to start nursing school I say they have two options: you either will be older in two years or older and have your nursing degree, your choice.

  3. Dawn

    It took me 10 years to get my BSN due to family issues. I adopted a baby from China in my BSN, and suddenly became pregnant during my MSN. I currently am raising a 5 and 9 year old girls. I have a autistic son age 22 and I am going back to school for my doctorate in education. Anyone can do it and I feel it is never too late.

  4. Dawn

    I agree Dean that it is your choice. Unfortunately on the east coast they are not even hiring nurses unless they have their BSN. I teach in a diploma school and it is very scary that some of our students are not getting jobs.

  5. Dawn

    I think that if you want your degree it does not matter how old you are. I have so much respect for people who go back to school later on in life. One lady told me she decided she put her kids through school and now it was her turn.

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  7. Barb Shaw

    I am 51 and have been a RN for 30 years. I started with my Diploma, completed my BSN in 2011 and am almost done with my MSN. It is difficult and expensive but worth the effort.

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