Going back to school can be a scary thought at any age, but setting educational goals and committing to reach them is crucial to your success. In August of 2011, I completed my Bachelor’s in Nursing degree after being out of school for fourteen years. I had some reservations but online learning allowed me to complete the program as well as continue to work full-time. Now, I am on to the Master’s program in nursing education at 40 years old. Looking at my life and career, I feel very blessed and fortunate for several reasons, but mostly because of where I started.
At eighteen years old, I found out that I was pregnant with my first child. Luckily, I had a wonderful support system– my family and boyfriend, soon-to-be husband. Knowing I wanted to go to college, but not really sure of what I wanted to do, I decided to enter the Licensed Vocational Nursing program to become an LVN in eighteen months. I worked as a nurse’s aide in a local nursing home to prepare myself for the medical field. At 20, I graduated from LVN school in August of 1991 and the same month began prerequisites for the Associates Degree in Nursing to become an RN. It took me until 1997 to achieve that goal, but I never stopped pushing forward.
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