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- Jul 10, '12 by onesmartgirlI have to agree that age does not seems to make any difference. I just graduated with my accelerated master's, passed the NCLEX and was offered a job at my first choice hospital, and I am well into my fifties. I do agree that one should not announce to everyone they are a new nurse, once you get through your new grad time, as our age does make patients and coworkers alike feel some confidence that we are not kids, that we have some expereince.
My dad worked until he was 80 (forced retirement at 70, then volunteer for ten more years, much of that on horseback), my grandfather died at 100 after cutting his foot mowing the lawn and getting pneumonia in the hospital; I work out and eat right, and have no reason to imagine that I will not be strong and healthy for decades. So, don't let numbers psych you out, take good care of yourself and you will have success in the life you choose.
- Aug 15, '12 by m9791lHi Everyone,
I am 58 years old, and have two semesters of prerequisites (at two courses a term) left. I have a 3.7 GPA so far, so I have done well. I have recently become discouraged by several online articles I have read about new grads having trouble getting jobs. I desperately want to become a nurse, but want to know now if finding a job will be real difficult. I guess I have had my head in the sand...I didn't know there wasn't a nursing shortage. What do you honestly think about my situation?
- Aug 15, '12 by onesmartgirlI am close to your age, just graduated with my MSN from an accelerated program (my second master's degree) and got my dream job at the hospital I targeted (started last week). So, it can be done. We have an advantage in life skills and focus. I parlayed my strenghs and understanding about networking, building relationships, excelling in everything I could (surprising myself a lot) and also being humble and never shirking hard work. We are from a generation that understands and appreciates hard work. I was always the first to jump at a new experience, to volunteer for any job and be sincerely grateful for every opportunity.
It can be done, we probably have to work harder for it, but I love my life and my work. I also suggest that it is harder to get a job with an ADN, so go for your BSN or MSN. The hospital I am working at does not even interview ADNs. Nothing against them, they are good nurses, but I think that they are not being offered the opportunities.
BTW, can you speed up your prereqs? If you take a year to get in 4 more classes, it will just delay starting nursing school.
Good Luck to you!Last edit by onesmartgirl on Aug 15, '12