Age no barrier for UW-EC graduate

UW-Eau Claire photo | Enlarge - Judith Jones, 76, graduated from UW-Eau Claire on Dec. 17 with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She said she learned lots from her younger classmates and hopes they learned from her too. When Judith Jones graduated from UW-Eau Claire on Dec. 17, her children and grandchildren cheered and took photos of her as she crossed the stage to receive her diploma. Jones, a 76-year-old great-grandmother from Neillsville, earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing, an accomplishment she hopes will open new doors for her within the nursing profession. “Nursing is always an experience, but adding the collegiate work toward a degree is the ultimate once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Jones, who previously worked for many years as a registered nurse. A mother of six, grandmother of 10 and great-grandmother of one, Jones began her career as a registered nurse 55 years ago after earning her RN diploma from Rockford Memorial School of Nursing in Illinois in 1961. During the next several decades, she worked part or full time — depending on the many family constraints that go along with raising six kids — as a registered nurse. After her husband of 47 years passed away seven years ago, Jones began interviewing for nursing positions, but she wasn’t having any luck getting job offers. So, recognizing the high demand for nurses with bachelor’s degrees, she decided the time was right to go back to school to earn...

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