I didn't know I couldn't do it ... so I did. - page 3

by Pixie.RN 9,846 Views | 27 Comments Senior Moderator

This morning at 0700, the phone woke me from sleep. It was my brother, calling me from Alaska to tell me how proud he was of me for joining the Army. Granted, Alaska is several hours behind Virginia, and he clearly had been up... Read More


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    Sam,
    Don't think you are too old! After over twenty years as a nurse I went back to Law school at almost 40 years young. Now I own a legal seminar business and have traveled all over the country teaching nurses how to reduce their chances of being sued. My son and husband are both RN's. You are never to old to follow your dream. If your girlfriend or family is not supportive, to heck with them. Maybe you need a new girlfriend. LOL Good luck.
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    Those words have been echoing in my head since I read this post a few days ago. You're so right, that's what help me through nursing school as a single mother of seven, after going through a divorce. However I almost forgot, and would have aborted the goals I'd set for myself. I just need to say Thank You for sharing.
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    You are welcome. I see my spelling mistake too. Never too old! Single mother of seven? Awesome. Willing to share anytime to help you.
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    Sam,
    Don't think you are too old! After over twenty years as a nurse I went back to Law school at almost 40 years young. Now I own a legal seminar business and have traveled all over the country teaching nurses how to reduce their chances of being sued. My son and husband are both RN's. You are never to old to follow your dream. If your girlfriend or family is not supportive, to heck with them. Maybe you need a new girlfriend. LOL Good luck.

    Wow, thanks and yeah maybe I do make some life changes, lol! My mom is a retired RN and of course she loves that someone in the family is following her.

    Folks like the OP and you should continue sharing your stories, it really motivates people like me, believe it or not.
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    Lunah, I absolutely LOVE this blog. It is helping me out so much with my huge decision. I don't even know you and I am so proud of you.
    I didn't realize the competition was so, well, competitive. I am 32 this year, also a former graphic (web, too) designer. nursing is my second career. I loved ER, but ended up in Cardiology. I don't have any certifications (yet) and I got my RN-BSN in 2007.
    I am wondering how competitive the next fiscal year is going to be!
    I'm still debating: active vs reserve.
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    I don't think the next FY will be any less competitive, but as an experienced nurse, never doubt that you have an advantage! The training dollars spent on you will be much less, which gives you an edge from a fiscal standpoint.

    I did both web and print. I don't miss it too much, though!
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    I just turned 31yrs old a few days ago...and the idea of joining the army still lingers. I am going to school to get my pre req's done so I can transfer to a university and get my bachelors degree in nursing. I'm hoping to start the nursing program in the spring of 2015, so i have time to join up... BUT the question im having a hard time with is to join army or air force...my dad was in the marines and my husband was in the army and his step dad is in the army and i have an uncle who was in the navy. I would be the first female in my family to join the military and also the first for this generation in our family. I want to make sure if I do go in which ever branch would be better for me and family because I do have kids. I know army has long deployments, so just want to ask around. Can I go active air force after I get my BSN? I am new to this site so I wasn't able to ask you(LunahRN) questions in a private message. Thanks for your time, Monica.
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    Hi Monica! Welcome to Allnurses. As long as your BSN program is NLNAC or CCNE accredited, the Air Force would be an option, depending on their need for nurses at the time you apply. There is some basic recruiter contact info and information in a thread at the bottom of the forum: http://allnurses.com/government-military-nursing/

    While the Air Force does tend to have shorter deployments, some of the Air Force nurses I know have had multiple deployments, which results in them being deployed longer overall. But supposedly things are winding down, so there may be fewer deployments for everyone in the future.

    Best of luck in your schooling!


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