Starting Nursing Career Later

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    Hello,

    I am a 36 y/o mom who has worked most of her time in the healthcare insurance field. I married at 30 had a daughter a little over a year later. Then had twins (boy/girl) almost 3 years later. So yes, I am 36 with 3 kids under 4 (aaaahhh!). I have always had the desire to work in a hospital and out of high school started to become an RN at a community college. Other things were more important at that time so I never finished. Lately, I've been thinking of pursing that dream of mine again. My question, anyone out there start their nursing career at a later age? If so, what can I expect. I don't care to make a lot of money I just want to enjoy what I do.

    Thanks!
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    Go For It!! It's never too late to start. Plenty of people start at 40, 50 and even 60 yrs. You can do anything you set your mind to. I'm 40 and just graduated and I absolutely LOVE it!redbeatheredbeathe
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    Quote from ~MIA~
    Go For It!! It's never too late to start. Plenty of people start at 40, 50 and even 60 yrs. You can do anything you set your mind to. I'm 40 and just graduated and I absolutely LOVE it!redbeatheredbeathe
    How exciting! Good for you! :heartbeat My mom worked as a nurse in Germany (where our family is from) and I keep telling her to get back into nursing.....and she tells me that she's too old! Nothing I tell her seems to convince her otherwise!

    To the OP: at 36, you're not old at all! Go for it! You don't want to look back years from now and have regrets....
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    There were folks in my class from teens to 60s. It's all good.

    The good thing (maybe) is that once you get out there, folks will think you've been nursing for years. [chuckle]
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    I'm 52 y/o, just became a LPN last month and am now continuing on to my RN.
    Go for it!
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    46 yo here and you will find many posts on "old" folks going to NS! It is never too late. (Unless you are 6 ft down! LOL )
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    Quote from iluvpugs
    Hello,

    I am a 36 y/o mom who has worked most of her time in the healthcare insurance field. I married at 30 had a daughter a little over a year later. Then had twins (boy/girl) almost 3 years later. So yes, I am 36 with 3 kids under 4 (aaaahhh!). I have always had the desire to work in a hospital and out of high school started to become an RN at a community college. Other things were more important at that time so I never finished. Lately, I've been thinking of pursing that dream of mine again. My question, anyone out there start their nursing career at a later age? If so, what can I expect. I don't care to make a lot of money I just want to enjoy what I do.

    Thanks!

    .. I'm 30 and just starting out as an STNA... I think it's probably more common than you might think
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    I actually recall reading somewhere that the average nursing student age is about 35. I'm taking prereqs with a couple of women in their 50's. One is a business owner, but she also wants to be a nurse!
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    I started nursing school at age 38, and it was the best decision I ever made. I found that I thought differently than the younger students I saw more of the big picture while they saw more details. I was able to problem solve more easily than they were. They had better memory and energy than I did. Instructors were great.

    School is lots of hard work and so is nursing, but if you want to do it, you should be able to do a good job! Good luck!
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    I'm 48. Just applying to ABSN programs. EVERYONE in medicine I have asked about starting later says the same thing: "Go for it!"

    Best of luck!


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