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  1. I'm a 37-year-old police officer, looking for a career change. Just wondering what the general consensus what everybody thinks of starting over at 37? Because of my current job, I've met a lot of different people from the medical field and find it to be quite interesting.

    I guess, I'm also looking to find out the general starting wage (hourly, yearly) after receiving an RN degree. Is the course load tuff? I haven't been to school since my college day's (Legal Technology) 15 years ago. All responses are welcome. Was anybody else as old as I am prior to enrolling in this particular field?
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   rosethorn
    Hi richbtwo! Just wanted to let you know that I am 36 yrs. old and just graduated from R.N. school. The average age in my class were in their mid 30's. Some were in their 40's and 50's!

    Don't let age stop you from choosing a new career. If your up to the challenge, then go for it!!!!!

    The pay is good, but the work is hard. If you are going into nursing just for the money, then you will be disappointed. The real satisfaction comes from helping those who are sick and doing your best to make a positive difference in someone's life.
  4. by   richbtwo
    Originally posted by rosethorn
    Hi richbtwo! Just wanted to let you know that I am 36 yrs. old and just graduated from R.N. school. The average age in my class were in their mid 30's. Some were in their 40's and 50's!

    Don't let age stop you from choosing a new career. If your up to the challenge, then go for it!!!!!

    The pay is good, but the work is hard. If you are going into nursing just for the money, then you will be disappointed. The real satisfaction comes from helping those who are sick and doing your best to make a positive difference in someone's life.
    Thanks for the reply! I'm not doing this just for the money....my mom passed away from cancer and the care she received was great. I also want to do for others what the staff did for her.

    I've never been married and have no children so starting over for me will be a bit easier. What state are you from and how is the job market? Money in Maine starts around 23 dollars an hour at the major hospitals in Bangor and Portland. Is that a decent starting wage? They are also working 3 12's for shifts.

    Thanks again!
  5. by   sbic56
    Money in Maine starts around 23 dollars an hour at the major hospitals in Bangor and Portland. Is that a decent starting wage?

    richbtwo

    Good luck on your nursing venture, but are you sure about your figures? In central Maine (Waterville) it is more like $17-18/hr to start and maybe after about 4 or 5 years you can make what you quoted. Maybe I need to head north or south? (Kidding..I am pretty well planted here, but still curious!)
  6. by   angiebaby
    Hey, go for it!!. The truth of the matter is, We need the help, If you want it bad enough, just get busy and do it. It may take you several years to get through it, but you are going to get older no matter what you decide to do.
  7. by   jadednurse
    richbtwo, you may want to look into an accelerated BSN program, if you're able to go to school full-time that is. My accelerated BSN program in Chicago took 15 months to complete and a good number of the students who were in the program were in their 30's/40's and starting new careers too.
  8. by   Kayzee
    I went into nursing at 40. Your never too old to learn. Go for it!
  9. by   Care Assistant
    Hello I would like to reply to this. I am only 27 years old, but I have been in Elderly care for over 10 years. I first started doing ELDERLY CARE when I was 16 years old just as work experience.
    But I ENJOYED IT so much I decided that I wanted to do Elderly Care as my career. I have worked in several care homes for the elderly.

    I feel that to go into Nursing you go into it for the LOVE of the job not the money. I live in Engalnd so the wages may vary here from then in America. I have heard that for the job that I DO IN ENGLAND THE MONEY IS better for the SAME job in the states.

    Good Luck with your new choice of career. Let us know how you get on.
  10. by   healingtouchRN
    awesome carreer choice & with a service back groung you'll be a perfect condidate. You already know about documentation, how unruly some people can be after a drinking binge, how domestic relations work, how the job is never really done until they are discharged, then it's someone elses turn! Go for it. But sad to say, I barely make $23/hr & I've been out of school 14 + years.....
  11. by   gingerzoe
    Dear Richbtwo,
    I was an LPN for 14 years and I went back to RN school. I was 32 years old. When I graduated I was 35. I am 43 years old now and am very glad I did it. Personally, I do not think age should be a consideration when contemplating going back to school. I feel since I was older I was able to concentrate more and I really enjoyed some of my classes in college. There were quite a few "older" students in classes with me. I also had quite a few younger ones. I enjoyed being around them also. They had so much enthusiam and high hopes for the future. I believe you are never to old to learn something new. Go for it!!!!!!! Good Luck
  12. by   LauraF, RN
    I say jump in. I'm 38 and doing pre-req's for my RN. I have a family with two toddlers one is disabled. I'm also keeping a 4.0 gpa. You can do it if you want it bad enough. We had two 60 somethings in our graduating class in LPN school.
  13. by   TreceRN
    Hi richbtwo,

    I'd say "go for it"! In my nursing class we had a student who was 58! It's never too late to grow and change and re-invent yourself. I don't know where you are from, but starting RN wage in Washington hospitals/acute care is about $20.00 with shift differentials ranging from $2.00-$4.00 an hour. Some hospitals offer a week-end bonus ranging from $1.00-$4.00 an hour, and some offer certification/BSN bonus' of about $1.00 or so an hour. Then there are the OT opportunities (our facility pays double-time after two hours of OT). You can make a good living, have a solid profession that is in demand wherever you go, and become part of a tradition of healing and compassion that is finally being recognized for excellence and value by our society.
  14. by   Desert Rat
    Go for it! I've worked 25 years in rural Arizona (with an interesting summer 16 years ago in the Waterville, Maine area) One of our greatest resources in the middle of nowhere has been our police and ambulance staff. Starting pay is not great, but the opportunity for someone with law enforcement and health care background is great.

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