career change question - page 2
I am a 44 year old male working as an electrician. Well, kind of working as there isnt much work. I was a corpsman in the US NAVY. I am considering a career change and becoming a nurse. I will be 45 or46 probably by the time I... Read More
- 0Apr 7, '12 by oliverh79I think you’re making a very smart move. Nursing is an excellent career to be in right now. In fact, it has been ranked as the top career of 2012 by the U.S. News and World Report!
Regarding your age, I think you’ll do just fine so long as you have the mental and physical strength to endure the pulls and pressures of the job. As you may know, nursing involves being on your feet the whole time and working closely with patients who are sick or injured. If you’re up for it, then don’t let your age stop you.
And there are certain advantages of entering this field at a slightly advanced age. For one, you will bring with you a vast pool of valuable life experiences all of which will help you deal with your patients. I also believe people your age, because of all that they’ve been through in their personal life and career, are more confident, professional and wiser than fresh grads. So, use that to your advantage in your new career.
You should start the process soon by shortlisting appropriate nursing programs at schools of your choice. While you’re doing that, take a look at the Associate’s degree in Nursing Education at Stevens-Henager College. The program can be completed in just 22 months on their flexible schedule, giving you a chance to begin your career that much sooner!
- 0Apr 7, '12 by nurse2033I'm your age and have been a nurse for a few years. Once you get your RN it works in your favor as people tend to assume you have been a nurse for a long time. Being male helps as doctors don't bully you or treat you like an idiot. As far as being a student I never felt defensive about my age and no one treated me any different. Good luck.
- 0Apr 8, '12 by GitanoRN GuideQuote from mossbacki would like to congratulated you for accomplishing your goal. needless to say, i truly believe that "you can either follow your fears or be led by your passions"i graduated nursing school at 60, passed the nclex a month later, and got a job at a major hospital two months after that. i've been readily accepted as a colleague by the other nurses on the floor, even though i am one of the oldest employees. everyone has been helpful and more than willing to help me hone my skills. certainly no one has treated me like a leper.
i'd advise you to work hard, keep an open mind, go out of your way to be helpful to others, and be receptive to those with more experience, even if they are much younger. if you do those things, i think you'll be readily accepted.
best of luck in your new career.