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- Dec 20, '09 by IngersollQuote from cityhawkI've been under the impression that the market for Rn's is underserved. My ex got a great job right away as did almost everyone in her class. I guess my question is about variance in markets. Here in Socal the market doesn't seem so tight. Maybe it's because so few people actually get into nursing schools. The demand for nurses seems high, at least in my neck of the woods.
Don't let the tightness of the current market scare you off though. The long-term prospect for jobs is strong and once you're in, it's way more stable than the corporate world!
I am curious about where people on this site live and what their markets are like. Thanks!
- Dec 23, '09 by USMC Ret., RNgreat post,
i had a similar epiphany at 45. being in sales, being good with people, and having a good sense of humor will serve you well in nursing.
just about anyone can learn the technical stuff; the challenging part is the patients and their families. understanding human needs and filling those needs is the core essential of what being a nurse really is. it sounds like you already have those tools.
i started working on my rn degree at 46 and finished at 50. i came from a non medical field (as my email handle implies) and this is ok… the more diversity the better.
>>as others have said, i also recommend highly working as a cna/pca or tech at a place you think you'd like to work as an rn. even if you just do it a day a week, it will make you an insider and give you a leg up in the job search when you finish school
lastly, i’d like to reinforce the suggestion above. while finding a job after graduation is important, networking and working for an employer as a cna, or tech, or even phlebotomist makes all the sense in the world. bottom line, in the health care field there are those that i’d love to work for and then there are those that i would not.
if you have the passion for a great field that’s never boring and always a learning experience… go for it.
- Dec 23, '09 by paacollinsI just passed my boards this month and I'll be 46 in March. I'm way more focused, have better organizational skills and time management skills than I did when I was younger, and have way more life experience. Maturity should make you a better nurse.
- Dec 27, '09 by Sawyer213Go for it.. I'm male, and at 40 left my 15 year management / marketing career and went back to uni to complete my RN degree. I'm now 43 and just starting a graduate nurse program. Like you, I had friends that were RN's and were always fascinated about their professional lives. I really enjoyed the study, and took part-time casual work as a theatre tech while at uni. It gave me an insight into the workings of a hospital, and now that I've finished, they've taken me on as an RN. I'm in Australia, and I'm assuming you're in the US, so it may be different there, but I suggest you seriously consider following your instincts. Good luck....
- Dec 29, '09 by exit96I am 45, in my second semester of Nursing School, willspend time on my BSN afterward, and may continue beyond that...we will see. You are not too old to do it. You can take a CNA class at a local community college. I did mine during summer and it was an 8 week class. I am a firm believer in RN's spending time being a CNA or LPN so that they get a taste of what that job is like as well. I am not implying that one cannot become a nurse without any experience, BUT it would do anyone well to get some anywhere it can be had! Age is not a concern in the nursing field IMO, what IS important is whether a person is suite to being a nurse, not merely passing the classes and boards. That said, I also believe that an older person can be a much more "seasoned" nurse, speaking in terms of life experience for which there is no substitute. My $.02
- Jan 29, '10 by S.GettesNursing is a very rewarding field of work to be in, despite the negativity the industry does get at times. Sure, there are bad days in the job, some where you almost want to just pack it in, but i think all jobs have days like that no matter how great the job may be. There are so many different things you get to do in the nursing industry too and you meet so many different people, experiencing new things and getting to help people every day, it is a great feeling. A site such as http://www.nursingstudenttutor.com/n...s-for-men.html may be able to help you out some more when it comes to jobs in the industry for men in more detail.
- Jan 31, '10 by MichaelxyI hope this thread is not to old to reply to. I have been wondering the same thing my self as I am an older student (48yrs). I too am making a career change. As a former electronics field engineer, I felt I spent most of my adult life in airports and hotels in far away lands, like China (Sure it sounds fun, but gets old).
Anyways, I have spent the last 2 years completing my gen eds and major preps. My concern is whether my age will affect my acceptance into nursing school based on my age, and if I don't get accepted into nursing school then what? Two years of classes that would not get me a job as the ditsy chick on Becker. I have already changed my major once, and I refuse to change it again as I do not want, and can't afford to be a career student.
Has anyone experience with how nursing schools select candidates? SDSU seems to use a point system, ie. GPA=60 points, TEAS score 15 points, Past clinical work 15 points, etc. I am wondering if they consider course work, for example; I took the upper level chemistry like chem 200 and 201 as opposed to chem 100, I also took upper level o-chem 230, and many Bio and upper level math classes like calculus. Are these classes somehow considered in the equation?
I guess if all else fails, I can go back to living in airports and hotels as an FE.
- Feb 17, '10 by 313RNI was a quota bearing outside sales rep for 15 years. I saw the economy tanking in this area around 2006 and in 2007 started my pre-reqs.
I graduated from an ABSN program and passed my boards just before I turned 40.
The job market here is tough (about 20% unemployment or higher) because the downturn increased the labor pool while at the same time decreasing the number of hospital beds. Long term howver I still think the future is bright.
I haven't seen much agism (the average nurse is in her mid-50's if I recall correctly) and men have been welcome in all but one unit I've worked on.
The one that wasn't specialized in womens medicine (gyn surgery, mastectomies) and the unit manager felt that women wanted to be cared for by women. I pointed out that this kind of gender discrimination would not be tolerated if it were reversed. She basically said "Yep. How about that?" I didn't really mind, it was the least favorite of my rotations anyway.
No one had a single issue with me or men in general on my OB rotation.
Go for it. You'll probably be fine.
- Mar 18, '10 by chiromed0Remember this...you're going to be 43 in three years no matter what you do. You can either be a 43 y.o. RN or a 43 y.o. salesman. Which sounds better to you? Age & time only matter to other people when they judge you, don't pre-judge yourself.
I'm 40 and a on my 3rd career (including sales). It all helps and believe me in the health care field having people with communication and customer service skills is NEEDED. If you can communicate you're actually ahead of the game...whether or not you're a health science oriented student-don't know 'til you try. You can take a different route and do the LPN/LVN 1 year program somewhere (so you're not out of the workforce too long) and then do Excelsior College (if you're state recognizes them). If you really study hard you can knock out their 7 tests in 6 weeks or less and you'll wait for the clinical exam (6 months or so). If you fail it you're screwed but passing is doable and in the meantime you're still working and earning a living possibly as an LPN/LVN (even part-time) and getting the necessary experience to pass the CPNE (Excelsior exam) and exposure to nursing to see if you even like it. If you don't then you can bail after the LVN w/o committing to a brick & mortar RN ADN program.
Just a thought.