By Latoya Smith

5 advantages to being an older nursing student

Starting nursing school as older nursing student can be scary. It has all sorts of challenges. But baby it has it's advantages too!


1๏ธโƒฃ๐—”๐—น๐—น ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜‚๐—ฝ ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ

That's right! You have Experience and that can't be bought. Your life experience will help you navigate nursing school and communicate more effectively with your professors and your patients.


2๏ธโƒฃ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ธ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—บ๐˜‚๐—น๐˜๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ธ

You juggle kids, spouses, groceries, jobs, activities, house work, and some mo' stuff! Knowing how to multitask will help you manage classes, studying, and clinicals as a nursing student.


3๏ธโƒฃ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚โ€™๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ

Like. I said you have been through some things so you know that you aren't perfect and our patients aren't either. You've learned to show grace and not hold grudges when people have bad days.


4๏ธโƒฃ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ธ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ปโ€™๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—น๐—ฑ

You've failed so you know that FAILING IS NOT THE END. You know that you can overcome failure because you have done it before! This is truly a blessing! In nursing you will have many failures. The fact that you have overcome failure before means this won't be a road block for you. You will keep on pushing.


5๏ธโƒฃ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚โ€™๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ ๐˜๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ด๐—ต ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ

You've lived life. You've had ups and downs, struggles, and disappointments. You've also had joy, wins, and some awesome accomplishments. You ain't scared of nothing...not even nursing school!


You bring so much to the table by being an older nursing student. Embrace it. It may be the exact thing that helps you get through nursing school!

1 comment

  • Very encouraging. Iโ€™m currently 30 and think Iโ€™m too old to do somethings. Then I remember the men and women in the Bible we used at an older age. Yes, we got this!

    Rica on

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