I am 29 years old returning to school to become a RN. I’m so nervous but I’m going to do it!

  1. Don't be nervous. An RN is one of the best choices you could make for returning to school. You're going to do great! If you ever start to feel overwhelmed, just breathe, remember why you're doing this, and keep at it. You got this! :)

  2. I’m currently a CNA and I absolutely love what I do. I can only imagine it getting better! Thank you for your support, it means worlds to me.

  3. Insanely transferrable skill that will always be in demand - if a person likes the work it's frankly perfect.

  4. Practice your core and back exercises. You may be lifting and turning a lot of patients. Back pain and injuries seem to be very common in the field you're entering. Other then that, i wish you the best of luck.

  5. As a current CNA I have learned that the hard way! I knew lifting people on a daily wasn’t enough so I’m currently making my way to the gym on my days off so I can continue to provide care. Thank you for your input, I really appreciate it.

  6. I forgot to mention I’m in the bathroom before my class started and I wanted to remember the moment I felt so nervous, excitement, and determination! I’m wearing a backpack for the first time in years and I can’t believe it! Just reassuring myself that I can do it.

  7. My mom was around 30, newly divorced with 5 kids when she dove right in. I get inspired by those kinds of stories, thank you so much for sharing and rooting for me!

  8. Hey yo! I did it in my 30s. Now I'm in my 40s and about to fucking quit. (Not really but this pandemic has demoralized me so badly it's not even hardly worth it. I work in clinical research getting covid vaccines (and other things) FDA approved and motherfuckers don't even believe in basic germ theory anymore. Hurrah! Doesn't matter, we still have Darwin. We still have Darwin.

  9. I wish we could be thankful for getting us through the pandemic instead of saying sorry for never ending it.

  10. Right! “Im 29 and going to school so here is a selfie of me”. That’s all it takes to swoon reddit apparently.

  11. I don’t know. Some people just spend so much time online and when they find some good news in the world they like to celebrate it. I appreciate the encouragement, even if it is from strangers. It’s every day people lifting up every day people. Have you been in the news loop at all lately, some serious stuff is going on in the world and a little positivity can go a LONG WAY. Simple as that. You should give it a try. Have a great day!

  12. Might have something to do with the fact that we’re happy for her. Also it’s unusual that someone’s actual face and real identity is so closely linked to their reddit profile.

  13. I don't either. There's zero emotional connection to this random person and it's not an interesting picture.

  14. Not only a new future for myself but a future for my kids! They keep my going! They’re all I for. Thank you so much for your support, I am very fortunate.

  15. I'm 28 and still have to finish school but have no clue where to even start. who do I contact? what do I need? Where do I even start? I'm so behind I'm afraid to start. Good for you though and good luck through your journey.

  16. I feel that same exact way but it needs to get done! Calendars and planners are my best friends right now. Just be as organized as you can be and keep that up. Some of these worries and problems will go away. You can always reach out to your school counselor so they can give you some direction. I never knew how much I would love to help someone get to the bathroom or help them eat until I took a chance on finding a job that provides job security. Look in to that as well, find something that is always in demand. Read some of the comments here and see how many people have gone back to school late in their years and have found something they love doing. Good luck to you, I wish you the absolute BEST!

  17. No. This is just a self aggrandizing post to make yourself feel better and get validation about something that millions of people are doing. Nobody actually gives a shit. There's nothing interesting about this picture without a description that makes you feel good about yourself. It's a post that is solely made for yourself and not for anybody else. Do your school. Do what you want. But stop seeking validation from people that you don't know. Do it because you want to do it. Not because it will make you look good for other people that you don't even know

  18. Agreed. She's not holding a diploma/degree to show a recent achievement, or in the midst of any noteworthy action - she just took a picture of herself. It's a selfie without any other remarkable aspects. Bottom of the barrel for

  19. It'll be steep initially, bcuz you've been doing job for a while... getting used to studying will be quite difficult and boring for a month b4 u get used to it again.

  20. Don't let age (Even though you are still young) deter you. Many people go back in their 50's, 60's and 70's. You still have your whole life ahead of you. You can do it, full steam ahead.

  21. I kept telling my son that when he went to school he could meet a nice school. The funny thing is the people in his class were my age. Very few people were his. 29 is young. Congrats!!!

  22. Never ever give up on your dreams. You CAN do it, I believe in you. Some days will be easy, some days will be hard, some days you will cry and be angry and question yourself, and some days will be amazing. But they will all be worth it

  23. I went back to school at age 42 because I wanted to become an acupuncturist. First I had to do my undergrad - so 7 years of college. It's actually a special and privileged time - kind of a bubble - intense focus, support, friendships, life so clear and meaningful. Honestly, in retrospect, a simpler and easier time! Best of luck.

  24. Went to nursing school at 25 when I got out of the Army. Now, after 10 years of bedside nursing I am a year away from graduating as an acute nurse practitioner (will be 40 years old). Age is just a number

  25. There is a program called WIOA (workforce innovation opportunity act) that helps pay for RN programs where i am from i California. I hear it is offered all over the country because it is a federally funded grant. I work for a county department that offers this program. They pay up to 10k towards training. Its worth looking into it.

  26. My wife returned to school to get her MD in her 30s. Her life experience (previous career, having kids, etc) was a massive advantage over her classmates in many ways. It wasn't always easy, and there were some obstacles, but she fought through and did great. She's now an attending. It's a daunting challenge, but well worth the effort.

  27. Nursing is a second career for me, it’s weird being in school people who are generally younger than you but as exhausting as the job is, you get a different kind of reward from it

  28. You're awesome! It's good to read that I'm not the only 29 year old who's switching it up! I'm now studying to be a physiotherapist

  29. You go girl! I’m 27 and hope to be following in your footsteps very soon (I need the courage to quit my current job to start nursing prerequisites 😓).

  30. What’s your current job? I’m a CNA at the moment and where I work they are so understanding of me going back to school and being flexible.

  31. There was a post a while back on a different subreddit that actually really stuck with me. A big fear of mine was graduating into my career when I was older. But the post gave the perspective, that fear shouldn't be a factor because in lets say 4 years you're going to be 33 anyways. Wouldn't you rather be doing what you love? I always thought it was too late for school. But I'm gearing up for next year!

  32. I went at 23, while most my classmates were fresh out of high school. You’ll find that your greater maturity is so very helpful! It’s hard work. But so very rewarding.

  33. Not to mention starting as a CNA…by the time I’m a nurse I’ll be the best butt wiper in the entire world! Hahah! You better believe I’ll be heading over there, thank you so much!

  34. We have to do this! As a current CNA I’ll clean the bums and you can take the blood! We’ll be there at the finish line the sooner we get started! Go out there and get yourself back to school. We want to see you be able to retire comfortably. WE GOT THIS!

  35. Hey the average nurse is great, but you phlebotomists are needle experts. The ranks of nurses will be lucky to have you.

  36. That’s exactly where I want to be. I just want to be happy and not worry about providing for my kids and for myself.

  37. Honey I went back to school at 30, with 2 kids and a pain in the ass husband. Got a BS in medical technology, worked 30+years in blood bank mostly. Loved it. Retired now, good pension. It's never too late, talking from experience. Make yourself proud, know what I mean? 👏🏽👩🏽‍⚕️👩🏽‍🎓

  38. Congrats! I returned to school last year (28m) and it's not too hard to adapt to an academic setting again. You got this!

  39. You are right! I use to sit and scroll through social media for hours and one day I just said I was going back to school and doing something great with my time. It’s never too late.

  40. My wife is 40 and just had our second child 2 months ago. She starts her RN track right next week and is a bit anxious. You. Can. Do. It!! Good luck!!

  41. Hey, I'm 32, am switching careers, and just finished my bachelor's this spring. In the fall I'll be going into a post degree program for teaching. It's a blast going back to school as a more mature student! Besides when your fellow students ask of your the professor because you started going grey at 30...but i dont think you'll have to worry about that. Also, you can cringe at how many references you think are for young people fly over there heads while their references fly over yours. Good luck, have fun!

  42. i just turn 30 and will be entering my 4th year, i totally understand your feeling and i would like to say you will be alright!

  43. Never too late , I went back to school at 27 to be an architect . Now I'm graduated and working on my license . It sure as hell beats working a regular job.

  44. Im 40 going back for health science, I want to be a therapist! Let’s get it 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾

  45. I went back to school at 28 for EMS/Fire. That was fifteen years ago. It’s been a wild ride but life is good now. There’s a certain poise you have as an older student that the kids often don’t seem to have. You got this.

  46. You have such a kind face. You are truly a wonderful soul. I can tell. I want to hug you, beautiful lovely person! You will kick ass as a nurse!

  47. Hey, I’m glad a simple picture of me can do that to someone. We all start somewhere and I’m glad I’m on this ride with you. Apply and work hard! I’m proud of you on a Wednesday at 10:43pm!

  48. I was 48 when I returned to finish a degree I had started decades earlier. You're not EVEN too old! You're still very young... you go get that damn degree!

  49. Nursing school is hard and a lot of information to take in. Make sure to give yourself time to study. All the trouble is worth it! Good luck!

  50. A few years ago I went to a wedding and everyone there to see the happy couple get married then enjoy the day. As I was sat having a drink, a stranger who had just wandered in came over to me, sprinkled blue confetti over me and said “we’ve just done done a gender reveal party and I’m going to have a boy.”

  51. My sister did this in her late 40s — it was the best decision of her life. She’s not a natural student, either — she worked HARD to make it happen. Oh, and she still had two kids at home and was working full time while going to nursing school.

  52. You got this!! My wife went to Nursing school in her late 30's. She's been an RN now for about 6 years. She loves it! Good Luck!!

  53. You will not be the oldest student by far. A friend of mine started an RN program at age 45+. She did well and still loves it after 15 years.

  54. You can do it. I got your bad. If u need to talk and vent I’m here for you. Cops have RN backs they take care of us well. Feel free to message me

  55. Go for it! Healthcare field huge growth...you'll work wherever you want on your terms. Everyone on this planet gets nervous sometimes. You made the decision, now there are no limits to what you will achieve!

  56. Good on you. Don't be nervous, you deciding to have ago means that you truly believe in yourself. A great profession your getting into. Good luck.

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