A middle-aged intro from Montreal, Canada :-)

  1. Hello everyone,

    Wow, this is quite the site. I will have lots and lots of reading to do!

    First, I am amazed by the number of people that have made a huge career change by returning to school to study nursing. Also, I can't believe the amount of information available here. It is interesting that no matter where we live, what school we go to, or what program we are in..we all have similar questions, fears, doubts, ..and enthousiasm for our studies!

    So me: A man, 40-something, 2 teenage kids (my greatest supporters), work a few hours a month as a Patient Care Attendant. Otherwise, really busy with classes. It isn't easy going back to school after all these years and at my age .. the 4 or 5 remaining brain cells have to look for each other every morning before class and pledge to work together the whole day Its working out.

    I have a BA in Psych, an MBA in Organizational Psych and Labor Relations. I have worked on behalf of school boards then in a not-for-profit helping children with learning difficulties, and the last 11 years in a large charitable organization associated with a children's hospital. In all cases, I worked in a financial/administrative capacity.

    I have always volunteered. Always. As a grown-up in my children's school. As a Scout Leader with the younger children (7-8 years old). And for the last 5 years with the Red Cross as a First Responder. We cover major events in the city like the Jazz Fest. So, I guess I have always been helping people in one capacity or another. This latter experience and my contact with the hospitals patients, parents, nurses, doctors made me think: Hey, I would like to do something like that!

    I think career changes come about differently for each one of us. Lets just say, I had a 'defining moment' 6 years ago that sort of changed my outlook on life, my life. And slowly, carefully, like any finance guy :chuckle ' I worked out my plan to go back to school.

    I don't have a spouse so this is a major challenge on so many fronts but I have quite successfully completed my first semester. I am not certain how schooling compares between Canada and the US but I am in an accelerated program (2 years) at the College Level. I could go to university to get this degree (and may eventually) but, at this point in my career, I thought I had been a manager for long enough and wanted to get back out into the work force as soon as possible...so this is the fastest and cheapest route for me.

    Well, there is so much to say. I will be back. Thanks.

    Signed,
    Never_too_late
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   lil' girl
    welcome to allnurse, good luck with the studies
  4. by   z's playa
    Hello and welcome to allnurses! Only two hours away from each other! Kinda neat. :chuckle

    Z
  5. by   Tweety
    Welcome and best of luck to you!
  6. by   Never_too_late
    Quote from z's playa
    Hello and welcome to allnurses! Only two hours away from each other! Kinda neat. :chuckle

    Z

    Hey Z!

    Thanks! Where are you, Ottawa? I hope you are doing well. Maybe our paths will cross again in another thread. This place is a goldmine. Glad I found my way here.

    BErn
  7. by   trent
    Welcome!
    It's always nice to see more Canadian students on the board!!
    trent
  8. by   z's playa
    Quote from Never_too_late
    Hey Z!

    Thanks! Where are you, Ottawa? I hope you are doing well. Maybe our paths will cross again in another thread. This place is a goldmine. Glad I found my way here.

    BErn

    I'm in the South end. I go to the University.
  9. by   Never_too_late
    Quote from z's playa
    I'm in the South end. I go to the University.
    I have family in Ottawa, uncles, aunts, cousins. They live in the Nepean area. I don't know which way is south :-) so don't know how close that is to U of O.

    And now! Me, Part Two:

    My first semester started end of August. I got credited a bunch of courses so I wound up with: English Litt. (don't ask...), Nutrition, Biology, and the Intro nursing course (theory and practice: VS, NG's, bandages, whatever. Needless to say, that was not too heavy a course load for a first semester, but hey! My brain cells went into a tail spin not being use to this much effort

    Second semester started January 4th with Med/Surg I, then Biology, Psych and Sociology start on the 24th, later Pediatrics and Perinatal care..that takes me to July 16th and a few weeks off before the Fall (2005) semester starts. I have my first day of clinical on Feb 15th on a Cardiology/GI ward, should be interesting.

    I am in a CEGEP, the equivalent of a Community College in the States, I guess. 180 brand new nursing students started in August, of which 40 like me are in the accelerated program (2 yrs instead of 3). A bunch have already 'left the room'..all kinds of reasons (family, workload, money, poor grades, wrong career choice, you name it). About a third (60) came from high school, another third from other CEGEP programs (switching programs after a year), and a final third, adults from the workforce ( I would guess the average age to be early 30's). Heck, even the teachers are too young for me to date and yet, I am not that old Maybe someone should start a nursing student dating thread I know we are all busy but once in a while...a little R&R..

    I have never looked back since I left my full-time job in early summer. Hope I do good. Later...

    Never_too_late
  10. by   Dratz
    Welcome!!. I am in my 40- somethings too lol and just waiting here to see if they have accepted me into the RN program for fall 05.

    This board is great.....You will love it. Nice to see a fellow Canuck too!!

    Good luck and keep posting.





    QUOTE=Never_too_late]Hello everyone,

    Wow, this is quite the site. I will have lots and lots of reading to do!

    First, I am amazed by the number of people that have made a huge career change by returning to school to study nursing. Also, I can't believe the amount of information available here. It is interesting that no matter where we live, what school we go to, or what program we are in..we all have similar questions, fears, doubts, ..and enthousiasm for our studies!

    So me: A man, 40-something, 2 teenage kids (my greatest supporters), work a few hours a month as a Patient Care Attendant. Otherwise, really busy with classes. It isn't easy going back to school after all these years and at my age .. the 4 or 5 remaining brain cells have to look for each other every morning before class and pledge to work together the whole day Its working out.

    I have a BA in Psych, an MBA in Organizational Psych and Labor Relations. I have worked on behalf of school boards then in a not-for-profit helping children with learning difficulties, and the last 11 years in a large charitable organization associated with a children's hospital. In all cases, I worked in a financial/administrative capacity.

    I have always volunteered. Always. As a grown-up in my children's school. As a Scout Leader with the younger children (7-8 years old). And for the last 5 years with the Red Cross as a First Responder. We cover major events in the city like the Jazz Fest. So, I guess I have always been helping people in one capacity or another. This latter experience and my contact with the hospitals patients, parents, nurses, doctors made me think: Hey, I would like to do something like that!

    I think career changes come about differently for each one of us. Lets just say, I had a 'defining moment' 6 years ago that sort of changed my outlook on life, my life. And slowly, carefully, like any finance guy :chuckle ' I worked out my plan to go back to school.

    I don't have a spouse so this is a major challenge on so many fronts but I have quite successfully completed my first semester. I am not certain how schooling compares between Canada and the US but I am in an accelerated program (2 years) at the College Level. I could go to university to get this degree (and may eventually) but, at this point in my career, I thought I had been a manager for long enough and wanted to get back out into the work force as soon as possible...so this is the fastest and cheapest route for me.

    Well, there is so much to say. I will be back. Thanks.

    Signed,
    Never_too_late[/QUOTE]
  11. by   z's playa
    Quote from Never_too_late
    I have family in Ottawa, uncles, aunts, cousins. They live in the Nepean area. I don't know which way is south :-) so don't know how close that is to U of O.

    And now! Me, Part Two:

    My first semester started end of August. I got credited a bunch of courses so I wound up with: English Litt. (don't ask...), Nutrition, Biology, and the Intro nursing course (theory and practice: VS, NG's, bandages, whatever. Needless to say, that was not too heavy a course load for a first semester, but hey! My brain cells went into a tail spin not being use to this much effort

    Second semester started January 4th with Med/Surg I, then Biology, Psych and Sociology start on the 24th, later Pediatrics and Perinatal care..that takes me to July 16th and a few weeks off before the Fall (2005) semester starts. I have my first day of clinical on Feb 15th on a Cardiology/GI ward, should be interesting.

    I am in a CEGEP, the equivalent of a Community College in the States, I guess. 180 brand new nursing students started in August, of which 40 like me are in the accelerated program (2 yrs instead of 3). A bunch have already 'left the room'..all kinds of reasons (family, workload, money, poor grades, wrong career choice, you name it). About a third (60) came from high school, another third from other CEGEP programs (switching programs after a year), and a final third, adults from the workforce ( I would guess the average age to be early 30's). Heck, even the teachers are too young for me to date and yet, I am not that old Maybe someone should start a nursing student dating thread I know we are all busy but once in a while...a little R&R..

    I have never looked back since I left my full-time job in early summer. Hope I do good. Later...

    Never_too_late

    Hi

    The south end is the airport and it's no where near the University. I met a nurse in the hospital where I went for my bum arm a week ago and he trained in Montreal too. During the 70's there were no jobs there so he came here and never looked back. Pretty cool. I love this city however I can't see myself staying here forever. I guess you've been here with some relatives here and all. You like it? Would you work here if you had to?

    Z

    HEY!!!! I had over 1000 posts a few days ago....why am I back to 997?

    (don't answer ..just wondering outloud)
  12. by   Thunderwolf
    Welcome to allnurses!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  13. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Welcome to All Nurses

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