Shaking Life up at 47 - page 2

by ritabuhr

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Hello All! I am a 47 year old wife and mother of four. I have always had a strong desire to be a nurse but have let life and responsibilities take the place of my dreams. I have decided to change all of that. I have applied... Read More


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    Welcome to Allnurses!

    There are many of us who chose to pursue nursing later in life, you'll find numerous threads with lots of support.

    I'm 50, I've been an LPN for 3 years. Going into nursing was the best career decision I ever made. Fortunately, I'm in Alberta, Canada where there are plenty of opportunities for LPNs.

    Hopefully by the time you graduate there will be better job opportunities for you. Like another poster stated, start getting your foot in the door now by working as a patient care tech.

    Yes you can succeed in nursing school, don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
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    I am 51 and have been a nurse for 30 years. I can't wait to retire!! I have enjoyed my career, but it's time to slow down and enjoy my life. I want to be home on weekends and holidays. I have precepted many "non-traditional" students; and I must admit I find them very difficult to incorporate into the workflow of a busy floor/unit. Just don't keep referring your "life experiences" as the same as, true nursing experience. It's not even close.
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    @rbekt2010, What makes the "non-traditional" student difficult to precept if I may ask?

    OP, I'm 46 and in my second term of a BSN program. I was a high school teacher for many years, but decided to make a career change. I'm really fascinated by the medical field and love helping people, but some days I really wonder if all the work of nursing school is worth it. At my age I am not used to spending my weekends buried in studies. Preparing for tests is really a lot more pressure than creating tests. I think you will love it, but understand the work involved.
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    Best of luck to you! I started 5 weeks ago at 44. Took a long time to decide to get back to what I wanted to do and not just have a job. The desire is the most important part. I find that having a family taught me the time management skills needed. Realistically, it is not as bad as they make it out to be sometimes (all academic programs make it out to be difficult). It isn't survival of the fittest - it is simply survival and GPA does not guarantee a job As Evidenced By all of the posters who whine "I had a 4.0 GPA and can't find a job".

    @rbekt2010 I am a Retired Navy Hospital Corpsman with 22 years experience in Healthcare, you know, ACLS, ICU, Medical Records Review, Masters in Health Admin, etc. In my program, the instructors are calling me Mr. and asking me questions like Mr. Experienced, is it Hyper or Hypo which causes people to be overweight (as they say they can never remember - I am sure they do - they are testing). I am relatively sure that my "life experiences" are exactly like "real nursing". Don't over-generalize. You remind me of the inexperienced LtJG's in the Navy I was working with 22 years ago who were scared witless - they had to put down others to feel superior! The retired RN's in my family with 40+ years experiences were the ones who encouraged me to go back and become a "Nurse" because they knew I missed Patient care, even though I have enough education to choke a mule, i.e., Masters in Health Care Administration, Masters in Medical Information Systems, Masters in Social Work. None allows me to lay a hand on a patient and my state does not count military training but I already have job offers and I graduate in a year and a half. So much for "life experience" not being like "real Nursing".
    annlewis, DroogieRN, newlife09, and 1 other like this.
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    You will do fine. I left a career and started over in my mid forties too. It's definitely a challenge but well worth it. Just remember every waking hour is spend in class or studying absolutely NO life beyond that and I am fortunate because my husband and children 19 & 15 are understanding.....
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    I started nursing school when I was 51. I was not only the oldest student, but I was older than all of my teachers. I loved nursing school. We had a very close knit class. I am 62 now and still going strong. DO IT!!!!
    tnurse2 and lbrn22 like this.
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    I became an RN a little over two years ago at age 45. Age is just a number. Do it!
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    I graduated 3 years ago, passed the nclex and have been a staff LPN at nursing home ever since. I am 48 yrs old. The program I was in was half students in their mid twenties and the rest were in there mid forties. I never felt too old until I did 12 hour shifts! Ugh! That's when I realized I was older, the young girls run circles around me...stick to 8 hr shifts when you get out there on your first job is my advice! I am glad I became a nurse...and if I can financially do it again I will go on and get my RN.
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    Life experience can go a long way as a mature student. When I went back to school as a late in life bloomer, I thought myself inferior to the younger crowd. I was at a dissadvantage because of the years away from the educational system. But what I lacked was more than compensated for with perseverence and pure hard work. Failure was not an option. I applied a strong work ethic to my studies and for those 3 years in school, I lived and breathed nursing. When the anatomy lab was open, I was there. I have been a RN now for 7 years, and I love it. My high school counselors discouraged me from going into nursing, but I feel this is what I was made to do. I love it! The struggle was well worth the end result. So, dont give up on this dream if it is what you really want.
    newlife09 likes this.
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    It's never to late fulfill your goals... You can either follow your fears or be led by your passions ...Aloha~


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