Starting Nursing Career Later

  1. 0 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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  3. Visit  iluvpugs profile page

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    From 'Cleveland, OH'; Joined Feb '09; Posts: 1.

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  4. Visit  ~MIA~ profile page
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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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  5. Visit  MisterSimba profile page
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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....
  6. Visit  VORB profile page
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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]
  7. Visit  MisMatch profile page
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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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  8. Visit  FLmomof5 profile page
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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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  9. Visit  Equinox_93 profile page
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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
  10. Visit  klbinaug profile page
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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!
  11. Visit  Whispera profile page
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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!
  12. Visit  buggszephyr profile page
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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!
  13. Visit  eriksoln profile page
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    I started when I was 30. Not bad. I think it helped in some ways, that I was a little older. I had worked as a landscaper for a number of years and during school, when things got tough, I would recall that and get re-energised.
  14. Visit  quotetheraven profile page
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    I am old enough to be your mom and am now "lady in waiting". Have been on the list for almost a year, with a predicted 3-4 semester wait. Never too old, considering overall health, to begin a new career and to do something you have always wanted. Only problem I have had is algebra. But it was always the only subject I had trouble with. The pre-reqs were not difficult, not to me at least. I think having kids at home and trying to do anything else is hard and have a lot of respect for mom's going through school with young ones still at home. But you can organize anything, after all, that's what mom's do. Organize and delagate. The best of luck to you.
  15. Visit  SoundofMusic profile page
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    I also think you should go for it. I was 42 when I STARTED in nursing school and am now 45 and 6 months off my orientation. I'm a little worn out at times, but successful so far.

    I will say, in reality, as a mom, nursing on a typical floor 3 days per week can wear you out. If you have wee little ones, I'd say take it slow, do school, then maybe start out part time. You still have TONS of time to advance your career once your kids are in school. I have found that on a floor, they all of a sudden want you to join this or that committee and it translates to more days off coming in to do extra stuff. All part of being a staff member -- just time consuming. My youngest is in school all day, so I can swing it, but it's still time away from housework, errands, etc.

    Anyway, you're YOUNG still and we need nurses so much that age discrimination is very minimal, if non-existant, especially if you are smart and hardworking and can adapt to the whole nursing culture ok.


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