Just starting at age 58 - page 2

When most of my friends are talking about retirement, I have just started my new career. I have been in the healthcare business all of my life, but only got my RN 6 months ago. Any other "change of... Read More

  1. by   AnnieOaklyRN
    I am a 28 year old nursing student. I should also show my mom this thread, she does not want to be a nurse, but I am trying to convice her that at age 55 it is NEVER too late to go to school!!!

    swtooth
  2. by   WDWpixieRN
    Quote from ChuckieRN
    Nursing is a 2nd career for me. I never felt better...but do admit it is wonderful to have the option of part time work.
    I know this thread is a bit old, but I just found it...this is a 2nd (3rd? 4th?) career for me if you count mommy-hood!!

    One of the things that attracted me to this career were the job options....I just obtained a bachelor's in '00 in Business (IT) and realized very quickly that I hated being stuck in a cubicle and having the only exercise available walking to and from senseless meetings.

    I turned 51 in December and just completed my first year of an ADN program. Start 3rd semester in August and am dreading the end of the summer, but raring to finish this program and start earning some real $$$ again!!

    For those of you with moms feeling too old to attend school, tell them to attack it one class at a time. Enroll in something they think they'd enjoy at a local CC and see the average age of the students they're in class with. They'll slowly not feel so intimidated and might even grow to love it.

    Hope all is well with everyone who posted here last December!!
  3. by   SuesquatchRN
    I'll be 54 this month. Been an LPN for a year, hope to be an RN by my next nirthday.

    You're too old when you're dead.

  4. by   donnahmarie357
    hi there Good on you for staying alert and active in life. I am in my mid forties and in my last year of bachelor of nursing degree in NZ. I often wonder if I left it all a bit late so am encouraged by all the older gals and guys out there who are doing the same thing. I just wish I had more time now to become more skilled and gain experience but am enjoyin the challenge anyway Take care
    Donnah
  5. by   caliotter3
    I've met a handful of nurses in their 70's and a CNA in her 70's. There are lots of geezers in their 50's and 60's. Haven't met anybody in their 80's yet.
  6. by   WDWpixieRN
    Quote from donnahmarie357
    I just wish I had more time now to become more skilled and gain experience but am enjoyin the challenge anyway.
    This bothers me, too. I feel like I will never have enough time to find that specialty I love and be top-notch at it. I've figured out so far that I don't love med/surg or OR. I'm working with some great RNs right now, but most of them have 12 - 20+ years of experience. I'd to think I'd be enjoying some free time by then!!
  7. by   aKyRN81
    Quote from pcarpenter
    When most of my friends are talking about retirement, I have just started my new career. I have been in the healthcare business all of my life, but only got my RN 6 months ago. Any other "change of life" RN's out there? I am currently working on a busy med-surg floor and my body is taking a beating. I don't know how long I can keep this up!
    Well, Bless your heart!!....and your feet.........and your back.....and nervous system.......and bladder!!

    I can't imagine just starting floor work at 'our' age, my 26+ years have about done me in! Good luck to you!
  8. by   WDWpixieRN
    Quote from caliotter3
    there are lots of geezers in their 50's and 60's.
    ?!?!?! ?!?!?!

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