Anyone like me??

  1. hey all. this is my first post over here..i usually stay over in the student nurse forum...because that's what i am... i was just wondering...i'm 18 years old and 8 months away from taking my state boards. (i'll be 19 in 3 weeks if that gives me anymore clout!) did anyone else do this at such a young age? at my nursing school 95% of the students have kids my age...or older. there is 2 other girls besides me who are under 25! i've been reading the posts on a lot of these boards and i have found out that most of the people here are older, too. i'm kind of worried if i will be taken seriously after i take the boards...if you were a patient and a 19 year old blonde haired blue eyed girl (who looks so young she will be carded for years!) walked in your room and said anything...how would you take it? would you give her the same amount of respect you would give a 45 year old person? i guess what i'm trying to say is that i'm not sure if i am doing the right thing jumping into this right after high school..i'm sorry that i'm rambling but this is something i've needed to get off my chest!! if there is anyone else that can relate to this..please drop me an email, an instant message or a pm.

    e-mail: ljoyw_27@yahoo.com
    aol im : leann7481
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   tiger
    i think you wil be taken seriously. if you are professional. i'm sure you'll have alot to learn from the veteran nurses so don't be afraid to ask questions. i feel like you are going to learn more on the job from others about how to do the job than they even attempt to teach you in school. just make sure that if you are not comfortable with something you ask. i've had pts. tell me that they were worried because the nurse didn't seem to know what she was doing but attempted the procedure anyway but never because she called in a more experienced nurse for guidance. i've been at this since 1985 and still get second opinions if there is any question. good luck and i'm sure you'll be a great nurse.
  4. by   CEN35
    Well.........

    From what I have seen there is a difference.....and many patients/older nurses do feel that way. I think they feel that there needs to be a certain maturity factor before you can be a great nurse.
    My suggestion........act like a grown up (I'm not saying you don't.....because I know some that are 28, 29 even in there 30's and certainly dont act llike it), know your stuff inside and out, and stunn them with intelleligent well thought out responses. You can gain anyones respect with the right attitude.........well most anyways.....there are a few idiots out there.

    Of course this doesn't mean you can't joke around........I do it alot.....that's one thing that keeps people from burn out.......don't take it all so seriously in your head. You can laugh inside and nobody will ever know
  5. by   JennieBSN
    I started nursing when I was 23, but I LOOKED like I was about 16. I worked in the NICU, and got asked a lot if I was a CANDY STRIPER!!! Yes, candystripers now routinely suction intubated 25 weekers....LOL!!

    Anyway, once I opened my mouth and started talking and they realized I had a BRAIN and knew what I was doing, they relaxed. CEN is right...there is something that comes with age and experience. I was a good nurse when I started out, but now I'm a GREAT nurse (tooting my own horn here...). You're going to get some patients AND staff members who are wary of you. That's reality. CEN gives good advice..."act like a grown up (I'm not saying you don't.....because I know some that are 28, 29 even in there 30's and certainly dont act llike it), know your stuff inside and out, and stunn them with intelleligent well thought out responses. You can gain anyones respect with the right attitude."

    Good luck!
  6. by   CEN35
    are you still 16? JK LOL
  7. by   JennieBSN
    RICK, you are on CRACK!!! LOL!!!
  8. by   misti_z
    LJoyW, you know my story.

    I'm now 21 working as a RN, graduated when I was 20. Anyway, CEN and kday are right you have to be prepared for anything and you need to be professional, but don't be afraid to ask questions and keep learning.
  9. by   LJoyW_27
    Thank you guys... i posted 12 hours ago and i have an email box full of support! you guys are great..thank you for the vote of confidence at a much needed time...you can bet i'll be back
  10. by   lgowan
    Started in nursing at 22y/o. I understand, but at 36 the greatest compliment I ever received was from a lady who told me just a year ago that I didn't look old enough to be a nurse let alone a parent of teenagers!

    No I'm not 18 anymore but I do have 18 years of experience at being 18! LOL Cherish your youth and congrats on an early start in an exciting career!

    I only wish I knew at 18 what I know now at 36. Remember that one. Learn from others mistakes, not your own! They are a lot less expensive.

    Good Luck!

    Lisa
  11. by   CEN35
    YW

    MP

  12. by   JayRN
    I had a little 'ol lady make me show her my driver's licence because she didn't believe I was 27! I was laughing sooo hard! I, too, have blond hair, blue eyes, and still some acne so I can understand where she was coming from, but jeez, would ya just take my word for it already!
  13. by   kaycee
    I was 20 when I graduated from nursing school and it was a three year program. I too looked very young and was carded even into my 30's. You have had good advice from everyone here, I have nothing more to add. You will do fine!! Some day you will appreciate looking younger. I'm 46 now and would love to be carded(not happenin). Take care and good luck in your new career

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